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00000176-e6f7-dce8-adff-f6f7713f0000Veterans' Stories: Project 412 is a series of interviews created and produced by a group of Pittsburgh-area active-duty military personnel and veterans in 2014. 90.5 WESA partnered with Leadership Pittsburgh's Community Leadership Course for Veterans to shine a spotlight on area veterans from all branches of the military, who share personal memories and stories about their service in conflicts from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan.This project supported in part by a Seed Award from The Sprout Fund.

Chris Mohnke: Learning To Be A Leader In The Coast Guard

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Chris Mohnke, a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, left the Coast Guard earlier this year as a Lieutenant junior grade after five years of service.

He learned to be a leader, met his best friends in the Coast Guard.

“It’s hard to gauge how much the service has changed me as a person because up until very recently my entire adult life has been in the Coast Guard,” he said.

Mohnke chose to serve in the Coast Guard for the humanitarian aspect. He also says he learned leadership skills he wouldn’t have gotten at that age outside of the service. 

Mohnke was interviewed by CLCV team member and U.S. Coast Guard active duty Lieutenant Ariana Pourmonir. Read more about Veterans' Stories: Project 412 and its participating team members.