Lt. John Briggs, an MH-65D helicopter pilot at Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, is presented the Distinguished Flying Cross medal by Rear Adm. John Nadeau, commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, at ATC Mobile, Alabama, December 20, 2019 (U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class John Michelli)

A Mobile, Alabama-based U.S. Coast Guard helicopter pilot was awarded one of the country's highest military honors during a ceremony in New Orleans Friday.

Lieutenant John Briggs, known as JJ to his friends and family, received the Distinguished Flying Cross for acts of heroism after Cat. 4 Hurricane Harvey battered the Louisiana and Texas Gulf Coast regions in late August 2017.

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USCGC Bramble (Public domain)

A 76- year-old former U.S. Coast Guard ship that was one of the first vessels to pass through the indomitable Northwest Passage and circumnavigate the entire North American continent, will be auctioned off on the steps of the U.S. District Courthouse in Mobile at Noon on Dec. 4.

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