Meet the Polar Star crew – MK3 Adam Fair

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Fair, a machinery technician aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, pauses for a photo while conducting an inspection round of one of the cutter’s machinery spaces, Jan. 27, 2017. As a member of the cutter’s engineering crew, Fair helps oversee the safe operation of the ship’s machinery. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Fair, a machinery technician aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, pauses for a photo while conducting an inspection round of one of the cutter’s machinery spaces, Jan. 27, 2017. As a member of the cutter’s engineering crew, Fair helps oversee the safe operation of the ship’s machinery. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley.

MK3 Adam Fair is deployed aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star as part of its mission to assist in the annual resupply of U.S. Antarctic Program research stations. The National Science Foundation manages the U.S.  Antarctic Program.

BACKGROUND:
Name/rate/rank: MK3 Adam Fair
Number of trips to Antarctica: 3rd and last trip for this tour
Unit/department: Main propulsion department, diesel gang (responsible for the main diesel engines and three generators)

Q. Where is your hometown?
A. Greenville, Ohio (Western Ohio, which is north of Dayton)

Q. How long have you been in the Coast Guard?
A. I joined four years ago as of December and just re-enlisted for 6 more years.

Q. Why did you join the Coast Guard? Why do you stay/what keeps you motivated?
A. I wanted to travel and serve my country. I thought the Coast Guard was unique from every other branch. Between having the chance to meet a lot of interesting people, the travel and the variety of experiences, I’m now planning to make a career in the Coast Guard.

Q. What is your unit history?
A. After basic training, I’ve been attached to Coast Guard Station St. Clair Shores in Michigan, MK “A” School and the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star in Seattle.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Fair, a machinery technician aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, reads a sounding tape while conducting an inspection round of one of the cutter’s machinery spaces, Jan. 27, 2017. Fair is one of the crew members responsible for overseeing the safe operation of the cutter’s six main diesel engines and three diesel electric generators. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Fair, a machinery technician aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, reads a sounding tape while conducting an inspection round of one of the cutter’s machinery spaces, Jan. 27, 2017. Fair is one of the crew members responsible for overseeing the safe operation of the cutter’s six main diesel engines and three diesel electric generators. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley.

Q. What are some of your responsibilities on the Polar Star?
A. I am qualified as a damage control petty officer, overseeing the maintenance of damage control equipment, such as fire extinguishers. I’m also an auxiliary and security watchstander, assisting the engineering watch with needed equipment adjustments and operational support. I enjoy helping out on the morale committee, as well.

Q. What do you do on a typical duty day?
A. I stand a four-hour watch as an auxiliary watchstander and also take care of any scheduled maintenance on the ship’s power plants.

Q. What’s your most memorable experience on the Polar Star? Why?
A. With three trips to Antarctica, I’ve had a number of memorable experiences. On the last patrol, while working on starting our main diesel engines to switch from using the turbine engines, I noticed that one of the diesel engines was low on lube oil. When I turned away to report the issue, a pipe broke loose and sprayed oil everywhere, including on two engines. I immediately secured both engines and worked several hours to clean up the spilled oil. My uniform was ruined, and, while not a clean or fun experience, it is one of the more memorable moments I’ve had onboard.

Q. Why is this mission (Operation Deep Freeze) important? How do you/your crew contribute?
A. From an engineering perspective, without our team, the cutter does not move. This directly impacts the Coast Guard’s ability to help ensure the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station receives the supplies they need for the year.

Q. What do you do for fun when not on duty (on or off the ship)? Hobbies?
A. I like outdoor activities, including hiking. I also enjoy indoor climbing, going to see movies and working out regularly. The Polar Star’s onboard morale activities are a lot of fun, especially the weekly trivia nights.

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