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Joseph E. Deer in "Coast Guard Alaska"
Joseph E. Deer Coast Guard Alaska
Joseph E. Deer from "Coast Guard Alaska" stars in The Weather Channel reality docu-series.

Commander Joseph E. Deer was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, in 1964. His family moved to northern Wisconsin, and except for a brief period in Virginia, remained in this rural area where he completed high school. A 1988 graduate of Northwestern College, he received a bachelor's degree in the liberal arts.

A former U.S. Army officer, he received his flight training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, from 1989-1990 and is a veteran of the 1st Persian Gulf War. Commander Deer received his USCG commission from Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in September, 1992 and was assigned to Naval Air Station Belle Chasse in New Orleans, Louisiana, from 1992–1997.

Following assignment to Air Station New Orleans, he was assigned to Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, from 1997-2002 where he flew HH-65's in the Alaskan patrol division for three years, followed by a transition to the C-130 Hercules.

In 2002, he was assigned to Air Station Elizabeth City where he upgraded to Instructor pilot in the C-130 and flew a variety of missions, including Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement and International Ice Patrol.

In 2005, he was assigned to USCG headquarters where he served as the HC-144A "Ocean Sentry" platform manager — the CG's newest airplane. Additionally, he spearheaded the recovery effort for the 1942 crash of a J2F4 Grumman Duck with WWII veterans LT Pritchard, RM1 Bottoms & CPL Howarth on board near the southeast coastline of Greenland.

In 2009, he was assigned to Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, as the Operations Officer through 2011 when he was promoted to the Executive Officer position. He completed his Master's Degree in Quality Systems Management in 2011 from the National Graduate School, Falmouth, Massachusetts.

Commander Deer has flown two U.S. Coast Guard aircraft: HH-65B and C-130H. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, three Commendation Medals, three Achievement Medals, the Kuwait Liberation Medal and various other personal and unit awards.


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Birthplace: Sheboygan, WI
Current Residence: Alaska

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