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Ralls represents Wyoming in the U.S. Coast Guard

Eric Ralls has visited all 50 states, traveled to the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Germany, France, England, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Mexico. Ralls is a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Coast Guard, and coming from the landlocked state of Wyoming— and the small town of Newcastle— the extent of his travel is both unexpected and impressive.

Ralls is currently stationed on the Oregon Coast with the Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, the “Protectors of the Pacific Northwest,” though he has lived and worked at many other stations since joining the Coast Guard in 2000 at the age of 22.

Ralls initially became interested in the Coast Guard when he saw the Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight 800 explosion and crash on the news. His dad’s cousin was one of the over 200 people that were killed in the tragedy, and Ralls was glued to the TV due to the family connection. He saw how the Coast Guard interacted with the crash, which sparked his interest in the military sector.

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