To all my blog readers, I apologize for my lengthy absence from the cadet blog pages. I’ve decided that I will finally sit down and let you all know what I have been doing. In the finest tradition of procrastination, I am using this blog post as an excuse to not write a paper or take an online test!
March was a very busy month. For some reason, the spring semester here flies by in the blink of an eye. Coast Guard Crew traveled to Clemson, South Carolina for a week of training. We drove down, instead of flying this year; the passenger-side mirror fell off in a toll booth outside Baltimore, and we ended up adding five hours to our trip, waiting at a service station for repairs! Spring break only got better from there: we practiced twice daily, and sometimes three times a day. The water was calm, the weather was warm but not hot, and the rowing was great. At the end of the week, we came back to dreary New London to put what we had practiced into action on the racecourse.
The week after we returned to the Academy, I left for Italy. I received the opportunity to represent the Coast Guard Academy at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law’s Competition for Military Academies in San Remo, Italy! As the only second-class on the team, it was a great honor to work with the firsties and be the face of the Coast Guard to teams from other military academies from around the world. The competition revolved around a simulated conference, where mixed teams (my team consisted of a German air force cadet, a Swiss army captain, and myself.) worked through different scenarios and provided advice to a “commander” about the law of armed conflict. My favorite part of the week was meeting all sorts of new friends and exploring San Remo with them; now I have contacts throughout Europe, Nigeria, and India if I ever vacation there! San Remo had great food, warm temperatures, and lots of sunshine. Of course, when we returned to New London, Connecticut it had none of these things.
My flight from Italy landed in Boston at 2215 last Friday, and we got back to Chase Hall at 0230. I woke up at 0600 for our first regatta against Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Unfortunately, Wesleyan won by fifteen seconds. That won’t be happening again! We are practicing twice as intensely to make sure we race well and rank at the top of our league. As Coach says, “The days when Coast Guard was the whipping boy of our league are over.” Now we have to show everyone that!
There is so much more happening this semester. Ring Dance is coming up quickly: it is the last weekend of April. I don’t know if I can wait until the end of the month to get my class ring! It’ll be a great bonding moment as a class—the end is in sight! We are also competing at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia in early May. This will be the first time we have competed there since the 1970s, and I can’t wait to show the rowing community how resurgent we are! Then there is summer training coming…but that is best left for another post!
If you want to help me procrastinate more, please email me at Peter.M.Driscoll@uscga.edu with your questions, comments, or concerns. Have a great Coast Guard day, readers!
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