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Arctic Forum Events

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Roesch Photo As a Government major at the Academy, we are presented with multiple opportunities to attend some unique events. Recently, we had representatives from the Arctic nations convene at the Academy to discuss multilateral relations with respect to the Arctic. I was allowed to sit in on a panel discussion with the representatives to hear how each of these countries is developing policies in the Arctic. If you don’t know, the Arctic is an area of growing importance. Never before has the idea of using Arctic region for trade, tourism, or territory been discussed. But now with the changing environment, the Arctic has new importance. Each country has their own unique challenges facing them. It was extremely interesting to sit in and listen to each representative discuss how their country is impacted by the new opportunities in the Arctic.


The most intriguing idea discussed was the notion of search and rescue (SAR) operations in the Arctic. Improving rescue techniques calls for multiple agencies and countries to work together to best develop SAR strategies. I found this discussion so compelling that I have decided to use it as my research paper topic for my Maritime Policy class. As a soon-to-be officer in the Coast Guard, SAR techniques and how we can better them are very interesting and useful for me to think about. Who knows, maybe one day I will be the brains behind these operations! Either way, it is a fascinating topic to explore and consider. Altogether, the events that I participated in with the Arctic nations were an incredible experience that some undergraduate college students can only dream of having!


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Operations Research Capstone Project...Stay Tuned

(Academics, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Hirst Photo First semester of senior year is moving at a steady clip. During our senior year, most majors work on a capstone project, which encompasses the entire year’s worth of work. The cadets studying engineering are already well underway with their capstone projects. The majority of my friends are engineers, and they give me a hard time because as an Operations Research major, I haven’t started my project yet. Operations Research just received the capstone slate and we put in a dream sheet of the capstone we would like to work on. Most of the projects are Coast Guard applicable and our work will be put into place to help out the fleet. We have the opportunity to optimize flight scheduling or possibly plan out the best allocation of Coast Guard assets. There are endless opportunities with operations research in the Coast Guard! Most of my capstone work will occur next semester, so expect more information on that to come later! This semester is flying by…I can’t believe it’s already November!


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All of a Sudden it's November

(Athletics, Just for Fun, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Coburn Photo It seems like just yesterday we were coming back from our summers away in the fleet, but now all of a sudden it’s November. The past couple of months have flown by and we are that much closer to Thanksgiving break and then winter leave. October was definitely one of the most fun months I have had at the Academy so far. First, fall ball started for lacrosse so I got to practice with the team every week and then, at the end of October, we had our annual tournament at Springfield College. It was a lot of fun and I feel like our team has really come a long way since becoming a Division III team just last spring. At the Academy, we get Columbus Day weekend off so my friends and I took a trip to New York City. We stayed in Brooklyn, went to a concert, and walked the streets of New York as typical tourists.


The Academy is also a very exciting place to be around Halloween. Decorations are allowed in rooms and we are even allowed to dress up and have a Halloween dinner and parties in each company. As a class, 2018 went to a haunted house in Connecticut that was supposedly one of the scariest in the state. It was a great time for our class to come together and have some fun. With regard to Halloween, the command actually granted us a short, which meant that we had the night off. A couple of my friends and I went to Six Flags New England for Fright Fest, which was awesome. The weather was perfect and there were hardly any lines for the rides.


As the number of weeks until winter leave start to get shorter, though, the class assignments do start to pile up. While it may be a tough next couple of weeks, I know from last year that they will fly by and we will be sitting around the table at Thanksgiving before we know it.


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Different Perspective

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Auzenbergs Photo One month into my second year here at the Academy, and I could not have imagined the difference just one summer would make. Coming back as a 3/c was the weirdest feeling. Being called ma’am, being allowed to look around and use all the “shortcuts” on campus like certain sidewalks and side doors, and wearing rec gear out on liberty as opposed to trops was great but odd! I have also realized how many small monotonous tasks the 4/c have to do that make each day that much more difficult. Now, not needing to do those things like clocks (counting down from 10-minutes to go until each meal), taking out the upperclassmen’s trash, greeting everyone who walks by you in the hallway, and studying for indoc tests (information learned during Swab Summer that 4/c are quizzed on weekly during the school year), it feels like there should be more time in the day. Keeping that in mind, my schedule is just as packed, with classes 0800-1600 twice a week, and a four-hour lab on Tuesdays and Thursdays, soccer practice from 1600-1800 Monday through Friday, and homework to fill all the gaps.


Getting back into soccer was easily the highlight of my year. I could not play right away when we came back in August, but after a month of strengthening, running, and getting my touches back, I finally played in my first game in a year this past weekend. Being on the soccer team is definitely my favorite part of the Academy, and practices and games are what I look forward to each day. The annual tournament that we play in was a blast this year – we travelled to Fredericksburg, Virginia to play the University of Mary Washington, and Randolph-Macon College. The team does a great job of keeping things lighthearted and fun, and this year we have a shot at a record-breaking season. The few hours a day spent having fun down at the soccer fields are what really help me get through each week, and it’s an added bonus when the team is doing so well!


More about Gabrielle.


Contributing to the Coast Guard Mission as an Intern

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Ellis Photo This past summer, I completed an internship at the District 1 offices in Boston, Massachusetts. The project that I was tasked with at the end of the school year was to update three of the Geographic Response Plans (GRPs) for the Hudson River. GRPs are basically oil response plans. Maps of this area had not been updated in many years due to the lack of resources and time. The old maps were black, white, and grey lines with very little information. My job was to create more detailed maps, with booming strategies, marinas, environmentally sensitive data, boat ramps, and possible oil spill sources. On the back of the maps, I included other information on strategies, pictures and important phone numbers.


I began my internship in the middle of June. Two days after arriving, I was sent to Albany, New York to begin collecting data for the GRPs. In addition, I got to tour some oil terminals in the area. I was in Albany about a week then headed back to Boston to start creating the new maps; 16 in total. After completing these, I presented my work to various members at District 1 and had a surprise visit in the middle of my presentation by RADM Fagan and VADM Lee. It was an amazing experience to be able to present my work to these people.


I once again traveled to New York but this time to Poughkeepsie. People from D1, Sector New York and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) all worked with me on boat trips down the river so that we could collect data for the maps. During my internship, I traveled 100 miles of the Hudson River, from Troy to West Point. After the final boat trip, I went back to Boston to finish my internship and plan for working on the project the rest of the school year.


Upon returning to school, I completed maps of the entire Hudson River as a part of a directed study. Since I was back in school, I was unable to take the boat trip of the final leg of the river, but I obtained the data from Sector New York and the NYDEC that they collected. After I was done making the maps of the river, I presented them to the Area Committee, a group that is concerned about oil spill response in the New York area. This committee is comprised of members of NOAA, the police department, Sector New York, the NYDEC, the Hudson River Marina and Boat Club Association, and many others. I have presented the maps to the Area Committee and have received their input. My next job is to make any changes there are to the maps and then have them reviewed again for final approval.


I am glad that I had the opportunity to participate in this internship and directed study. I learned so much about oil spill response, the Coast Guard’s collaboration with other organizations and all of the work that goes into creating GRPs.


More about Kayla.