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So Much More to Learn

(Life as an Ensign, Class of 2012) Permanent link
Shih Photo Back underway again. I have been very busy, but I feel I owe an update on my life as an ENS. For almost four months the ship was in port, but I was away at school. In the fall I spent time in San Diego at the Navy base learning how to be a Damage Control Assistant (DCA). Topics ranged from stability, chemical attacks, fire fighting, gas free engineering, and more. Probably the coolest part was going to the Navy’s firehouses, putting on firefighting equipment and actually going into buildings to fight fires. It is amazing how hot you can get in those suits, and how in only 30 minutes of fire fighting you become completely drained. I have a new appreciation the men and women who do that job for a living, because it is one tough job. San Diego was also awesome just because…well it was San Diego. Even in the winter you can go to a sunny beach, and the Pacific Beach/Gas Lamp life should be fun for just about any junior officer. I just finished routing my DCA relief letter, and should be taking over the job in a matter of days.

 

After SD and DCA school, I almost immediately flew out to Charleston, South Carolina to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. At the training center I attended boarding officer school to become a federal law enforcement officer. At boarding officer school we learned a lot of what we already had covered in Personal Defense, Criminal Justice, and Maritime Law Enforcement from the Academy. Just like DCA school, there was a coolest part of this training and that was the “shoot house”. In the “shoot house” our team was equipped with real guns…but just filled with paintballs. We had to clear the house against armed subjects, which was a blast. Another great part was to see how our teamwork evolved throughout the course of the school. When we arrived I was placed on a four-man team, consisting of two BM3s, an MK3, and myself. At first we were tentative and lacked flow with a lot of the evolutions we performed, but by the end of the class we were working like a well oiled machine. I’ll miss the south…hopefully I can go back there one day.

 

It really seems like the year has flown by, I am already reaching out to the new ensigns and coordinating their travel plans and getting ready to send them to DCA school. Right now we are on another patrol and it’s already been busy. Been able to qualify as a Gas Free Engineer, In-port Engineer of the Watch (EOW), Cutter Surface Rescue Swimmer, and a Boarding Officer. Gone on some boardings and go-fast chases, and have been breaking in on the bridge working on my qualification to become an Officer of the Deck (OOD). The Academy really did help me prepare for this position as all the Nautical Science over the years has made the transition to navigating much easier then it was going down in the engine room. I can’t believe how fast time has passed and pretty soon we will be putting in for our next jobs! I probably won’t update for a while but as always send me an email at Christen.C.Shih@uscg.mil with any questions. Fellow blogger Bo Wowtshuk says hi from the glorious land of Pacific Beach! Congrats to 2013 for graduating!

 

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The Final Entry

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2013) Permanent link
Nolan Photo I’m not writing this for you. I feel as though I should start off with that. This entry, this piece of rhetoric it’s not for you. It’s not for prospective cadets, it’s not aimed at cadets or alumni, it’s designed for only one person: me. Tonight is my last night in Chase Hall, the building that I have begrudgingly called home for the last four years. It’s a bittersweet moment. I’ve wanted nothing more than to graduate from this place since the moment I stepped foot in it 1,423 days ago. Though there have been times along the way where I thought I wouldn’t make it…. Where KNEW I wouldn’t make it, and yet here I am: spending my last night in Chase Hall.

 

If you had asked me at any point from my first day of Swab Summer, up until last week what emotions I would have predicted would be coursing through my veins right now, I would have given you any number of answers: elation, relief, joy, wonderment, maybe even bewilderment, but the only thing I feel right now is sadness. There comes points in every life where we have to move on, but that doesn’t stop us from trying to cling to what we have. Maybe I’m alone tonight in my grief, but something tells me that the rest of my classmates feel it too. Tonight is the last night we will ever be under the same roof. Tonight is the last night we will ever be able to just walk to someone’s room and knock on the door expecting an answer. Tonight is the last time we will live just down the hall from 200 of our closest friends.

 

So where does that leave me? Right here, right now, writing this last journal entry, trying to sum up all the emotion running rampant in me. The Academy experience has not always been enjoyable, but the people I have met along the way have made it worth every second. Every moment that seemed completely unbearable was overcome with the help of a friend, a classmate, a mentor. I wish now more than anything that I could start the whole grueling experience over again, because now that I’m leaving it, I have a better appreciation for it all. I have twelve hours left of cadethood, twelve hours left of the greatest four years of my life… and I’m going to spend them with my friends.

 

God bless each and every one of them: my classmates, my friends, my brothers and sisters. I love you all, each and every one of you. We survived, and we survived together, and it has been the greatest adventure that I could have ever asked for.

 

Thank you.

 



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Last Summer as a Cadet

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2014) Permanent link
Townsend Photo It seems as if the sun never stops shining here in California! I am in Marina Del Rey for my first half of the summer on CGC Halibut to familiarize myself with the fleet and gain some knowledge of the Coast Guard. This is my last cadet summer experiencing time in the fleet and I have taken more of a leadership role. I am shadowing junior officers in the Coast Guard to discover what exactly I will be doing when I graduate from the Academy. I am diligently working on qualifications so that I can eventually become a fully qualified member of the crew by the time I am due to leave Marina Del Rey. It is convenient to be sent to such an amazing location too. Marina Del Rey always has perfect weather and it is just a short distance from downtown Los Angeles.

 

Once I complete my five weeks on the Halibut, I will be traveling with the CGC Eagle for six weeks as a cadre for the 3/c cadets. I am greatly anticipating my time on Eagle because there are so many great opportunities for me there. We will be visiting amazing ports such as Bermuda and St. Pierre, France! I also will be able to have an ample amount of leadership opportunities on Eagle, which will bode well for my development into being a 1/c cadet. I am very excited for what the summer has to offer and I am even more excited to complete my last year at the Coast Guard Academy!

 



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100th Week: Cadre Summer is Right Around the Corner!!! YIKES!!

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Driscoll Photo For the 3/c, the week after finals marks the start of their cadre summer. While other classes go out to the fleet to experience the underway lifestyle, the third-class cadets stay onboard the Academy for at least one extra week, getting trained by the Cape May Company Commanders (CMCCs) on how to be effective cadre. This week marks the culmination of the months of preparation 2015 has done in advance of our cadre summer.

 

I’m not going to reveal too much, because it is one of those experiences that you want to experience firsthand. For a week, the CMCCs, who train the Coast Guard’s recruits at Training Center (TRACEN) Cape May, take charge of each company, like Swab Summer. We spent the first morning reorienting ourselves, and remembering what it was like to be a swab. Remedials suck—I really can empathize with the swabs now. After a few days of “reorientation” (aka IT, remedials, and stress), we really dig into the meat of 100th Week: leadership development.

 

Part of 100th Week involves meeting with the Leadership Development Center (LDC) staff, the CMCCs, and other such instructors to learn more about leadership and how to apply it to the task of training swabs. These classes have been lots of fun and very informative. Lastly, we have had several opportunities now to meet as cadre sections to develop our leadership and command philosophies. These are important, because they will guide us as we guide the Class of 2017 to success this summer. Working with multiple type-A personalities can be frustrating at times, but the lessons we are learning now will make Swab Summer a much better experience for all involved.

 

I don’t know what happened, but I wasn’t really nervous about being a 2/c cadre until this week! Before 100th Week, I assumed that I could do it: yes, it might be difficult at times, but I thought I was smart enough and confident enough to assume responsibility and get the job done. Now, having gone through just three days of training so far, I’m not so sure… There are so many things to do, and so much responsibility. This summer really will be a leadership challenge, both for me and my shipmates. I guess what my cadre told me is true, “If you think you’re ready, you aren’t. If you are seriously questioning yourself, you’ll be fine.”

 

I rapidly come to the conclusion that I cannot wait for 100th Week to be over, so my classmates and I can pin white shields on our shoulders. With these white shields come so many more privileges and responsibilities: civvies (civilian clothing for liberty) AND cadre. After 100th Week concludes, I depart for three weeks of leave and a Holocaust study program before returning to New London for the rest of my cadre summer. I’m really excited—I just can’t really describe the feeling. You would have to experience it for yourself to understand how I feel… Good luck to 2017, and see you all in just a few short weeks!

 



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We Made It!

(Athletics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Frost Photo Wow... We really made it. The class of 2016 really made it through 4/c year. The seemingly endless year is over. So, you know some days you just get really nostalgic and reflective. Well, now that the school year has come and passed, I have been doing that a lot. This has been, guaranteed, the biggest year of my life in terms of change, and we are about to be thrown into the real world for the summer.

 

A year ago I was getting ready for, quite frankly, a summer I wasn't looking forward to. My world of sailing and going to school only when I wasn't traveling was nearing its end as I prepared to go to the CGA for Swab Summer. I knew what I was getting into and I knew it was going to be worth it in the long run, but I wasn't totally stoked about not going to "normal college."

 

Now, looking back, I see that I was honestly just worried about not getting the same experience as my friends. But that's not me, and I wouldn’t change this year for any of that. The friends I've made and my teammates are closer than I think you could get at any other college. We have all been through so much together, so many ridiculous things  squaring, yelling at inanimate objects, and cleaning on Friday nights. It's not always fun, and I thought I would hate it, but seeing the light at the end of the tunnel now puts everything in perspective.

 

It is the last day of class, and I feel like I still don’t even have a chance to come up for air. I’m dead exhausted, but I’m so excited for the summer that I know I can get through it. Spring semester was definitely a lot more chaotic and stressful than the fall for me, but it’s over. I made it. The summer is definitely an experience that I will not forget. My friends at other colleges will never get opportunities like my classmates and I get at the Academy. I have friends going to operational units in Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, Alaska, and everywhere in between. I will be staying around good old Chase for a while, participating in post-season sailing leading up to national semi-finals in Florida, and hopefully qualifying for finals, and Summer Ocean Racing. My classmates and I get to spend our entire summer on the water at some of the coolest places. Personally, I think that beats working to try and pay off student loans.

 

Sometimes, it is really easy to get buried because the work never stops, but the end is here and we made it! My first year of college is over, and it went by faster than I could have imagined.

 

As always, feel free to send me any questions at Christina.M.Frost@uscga.edu.

 



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Preparation and Graduation

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Ward Photo It’s strange to think that it is almost over. I know I will miss this place (or at least the people) when I am at my next unit, but for now I am just really, really excited to be graduating.

 

I was sitting at dinner, talking with a 2/c cadet about graduating and they asked me if I felt ready to be an Ensign. I said yes. And while that might sound pretentious, if after four years of training to be an officer I was not ready, I think that would be something to worry about.

 

There is a common misconception that you need to enter this place as an officer. When I first was accepted to the Academy, my greatest fear (aside from the lack of sleep) was that I was not ready to be an officer. My father informed me that you come to the Academy because they see potential for you to become the most junior of junior officers after four years. For those of you who are questioning if the Academy is the place you want to go to and are questioning if you are able to become an officer, remember you don’t enter these gates as an officer. It takes four years, and if you have put in the effort, you are prepared to leave as one.

 

This phase of my life is ending and I know it has made me into a stronger, more confident person. The kind of person I wanted to be when I reported in. And as strange as it is for it to be ending, it is really exciting to be able to look both back on the past four years, and forward to the many that lie ahead. t

 



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Two Years Down, Two Years To Go

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Krakower Photo Welp. As I look around at my half-packed up room inside Chase Hall, I can proudly say that I’ve made it through two years of academia at the Coast Guard Academy. In my time here, I’ve accomplished far more than I thought I could prior to arriving here. For instance, I’ve taken 75 credit hours of classes in only four semesters, which is an absurd amount that only service academies can give you the pleasure of taking in such a small amount of time. Although my GPA isn’t exactly where it was in high school (nowhere near it, actually…oops) the transition into collegiate-level academics has proved to be quite the experience, and finally with my foot in the door, I can see some good advancement in my GPA.

 

Athletically, I couldn’t be more proud of our lacrosse team. We finished a regular season best 10-1, beat Stonehill to get to the PCLL Tournament Final…and then lost to our rivals, Briarcliffe, 9-7. It was one of the most nerve-racking games I’ve ever been a part of. Despite the setback, we were still granted an at-large bid to Nationals, and the team will be heading down to South Carolina next week to play in the MCLA National Tournament!

 

Militarily, things only got better and better for me as I progressed here. Starting as a 4/c with demerits falling everywhere, I now have three semesters of no demerits, and will be getting my second silver star for military excellence for the past semester. On top of that, my roommate and I were selected as Masters-At-Arms for Echo Company, so we’ll be running our department-specific incoming 4/c as they progress from swab to cadet.

 

So overall, after two years here, things really have shaped up. Being halfway done with my time here at the Academy is a unnerving thought, as it feels like just a few days ago I was getting screamed at by 1/c Sykes to keep my eyes in the boat. Well, in just a few weeks, I’ll be yelling at some swab myself. 2/c summer is coming quick!

 



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Advice from a 4/c

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Roesch Photo So here I am, another typical Saturday morning at the USCGA for a 4/c. Avoiding the long list of homework I have to tackle over the next 48 hours, I decided to clean up my room (I promise this is totally normal!). In cleaning my room, I found a box of letters I received over Swab Summer. It was so weird to read them all and realize how quickly time flies. I mean, in about a week I will be on my 3/c summer assignment. I felt like I would never become a 3/c and I would be squaring and yelling at clocks forever! My 4/c year is quickly coming to an end – THANK GOODNESS…I mean, oh darn – how sad! Just kidding, 4/c year can really be a bummer. But honestly, as long as you take everything with a grain of salt you should be fine. I decided to dedicate this blog to giving some of advice from what I learned from my past summer for all of those out there anxiously awaiting your own Swab Summer 2013. So, here it goes:
  1. Do NOT take anything too seriously. Respect your cadre and learn from them, but don’t overanalyze the comments they may make. They’re there to point out everything wrong you’re doing, but that’s only to make you a better 4/c. Do not think you are a bad person for doing something wrong because at some point you WILL make a mistake. Learn from them, and grow from them. Most importantly, don’t let it get you down.
  2. If you feel like you want to quit, just remember everything that made you want to come here in the first place. Keep in mind how proud everyone is of you back home, and never lose sight of the goals that you have.
  3. Learn to be flexible. Sometimes things don’t go the way you planned and be ready for that. This one may not make much sense right now, but once you’re here, you’ll get it!
  4. Please, only bring what is required on the packing list…really…take this one to heart. Don’t be lugging around unnecessary things on R-Day.
  5. If you ever feel like you want to up and leave and just “be normal” or go to “normal college,” please re-think that. Give this place a shot and never quit. Yeah sure, other college kids get to sleep in and wear what they want to class (if they feel like going), but how many of them get to be on the fast track to leadership within the Coast Guard? How many spend their summer training to save lives and make a difference in the world? Swab Summer may feel very inconsequential to your overall officer career, and it might be in the whole scheme of things, but it’s where we (cadets) all have our start, so I think that’s pretty darn significant! Just keep in mind the impact you will have one day within the USCG while you’re doing your pushups because you looked down for 1/5 of a second. :)

 

As always, if you have any questions about cadet life or Swab Summer (because that was me just a short year ago!) feel free to ask at Allyson.J.Roesch@uscga.edu.

Good luck to all the future swabs and AIMsters this summer!

 



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Sponsor Family Living

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Belanger Photo A lot of people have been emailing me asking what cadets do on the weekends. Besides catching up on homework, sleeping, movies at the Waterford 9, and Walmart, most of the cadets are involved with the sponsor family program. For those who have never heard of the program, families in the surrounding New London area, including active duty officers and civilians, “adopt” cadets and become our home away from home. I know I speak for the majority of the corps when I say that for us cadets that now live far away from home, we more than appreciate these families for taking us in. My current sponsor family happens to be two instructors here at the Academy. They try to help out as much as possible. Whether it be a ride to the airport for leave, spending the night to escape the walls of the Academy, or even a simple breakfast after church on Sunday they are more than happy to accommodate my needs. Currently, I am the only cadet that is assigned to the “family.” Normally, families can consist of 4 to 5 cadets providing relationships out of Chase Hall, which fourth class are more than happy to have with some of the upperclassman. With finals quickly approaching, I cannot wait to go over to their house, change into civilian clothes and try to study for the exams.

 

And for my summer I will be on Eagle going to the Caribbean and then sailing the Coast Guard Cutter Chase Hall for summer school. ¼ of the way done…..1,118 days…

 

Got a question? Email me Nathan.D.Belanger@uscga.edu!

 



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3/c Summer!

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Wright Photo It’s crazy to think that freshman year is almost over. It seems like just yesterday that I drove in the front gate with my parents and began this journey. I’m glad freshman year is over, though, it was definitely tough but I know this place well enough to know that it’s not going to get any easier.

 

There are a lot of exciting things coming my way in these next few months starting with tomorrow when we find out our new companies. Since Reporting-In day I have been with the same group of 28 freshmen and they have become some of my best friends, but I don’t know my other classmates too well. When we switch companies we will remain in those companies until we graduate the Academy. I’m pretty nervous to see where I end up but it’s also pretty exciting. Then, next week is finals week and within no time I’ll be on Eagle for five weeks with my 121 classmates, sailing the Caribbean. I can’t wait! The first two weeks we will be underway with no stops! I m hoping that I don’t get too seasick; when we get to our first port call in Aruba I’m pretty sure we will all be more than excited to see land again. Then we sail to Guantanamo Bay and finally St. Petersburg, Florida where the rest of my classmates will get on Eagle and I will head to the Academy for summer school. Since I am majoring in engineering and started in Introduction to Calculus I’ll be taking Calc II in summer school. I’ll be back at the Academy for six weeks with about 40 of my classmates and from what I have heard, we have a pretty good time. We are here when the class of 2017 reports in so we will be sure to get some good video footage of that. Finally to wrap up my summer I have three weeks of leave and during that time I’ll be attending the Oshkosh Air show in Wisconsin! Before coming to the Academy I attended the air show every summer, and with missing last year due to Swab Summer I’m ecstatic to join my family there this year. Then, back home to Texas for some good ol’ Texas heat before starting my second year back at the Academy.

 

I’m ready for a change of pace after my first year and there is a lot to look forward to in the upcoming weeks. I have learned a lot this year and if there was any advice I could give to incoming freshman, as cliché as it sounds, I would say rely on your friends to get through it. There are a lot of overwhelming times here, especially during 4/c year, and it’s impossible to get through on your own. I know that the people I have gone through this year with are the ones that are going to be in my life for years to come, well beyond our Academy years.

 

So have a great summer! And good luck class of 2017!

 



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One Day More

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Duplessis Photo Tomorrow is the last day of classes for me 3/c year, which is completely unbelievable. Although time has gone by so fast that I still feel like a swab sometimes and I am almost halfway to graduating!

 

The spring semester was probably the most challenging academically for me, although I’m proud with how classes have worked out. As of this moment, I have completed my first navigation brief, written my first 30-page paper, finished two additional group projects, taken two tests, and finished another 14-page paper, all due, by the way, within four days of each other. I think of my only final (Physics) as a reward for finishing this past week with my sanity intact. To recover I am planning on (eventually) sleeping for approximately two full days when I go home for break.

 

After a couple of months of our spring season, the women’s soccer team pulled away with two wins (shutouts) in our tournament last weekend! It was nice to see how our hard work in the offseason paid off during both of our games.

 

Looking ahead to leave, I am excited to focus all of my energy toward mentally and physically preparing for Swab Summer. I feel that it is important to be able to do absolutely every exercise and more with the swabs in order to be a respected leader, and also be able to intrinsically motivate them. My classmates and I have already started preparing specific things for certain situations as well as funny things we can pull off when the time is right.

 



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Marine Geochemistry Field Trip

(Academics, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Sherman Photo 3/c cadets in the Marine Geochemistry class visited Ocean Beach to make a profile of the bleach slope and observe the layers of sand and sediment along the beach. These cadets are part of the Marine and Environmental Science (MES) major. This trip was not only educational but lots of fun, too!

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Last Few Weeks Before Summer

(Academics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Daghir Photo Hello!!

 

It’s the last day of April and I am so excited! I just finished my last test of the year and all I have left is finals coming up next week. It is really hard to imagine myself underway on Eagle in less than two weeks. I have been keeping up with my school work and I just finished the offshore sailing season last week. It has been pretty crazy at the Academy. We had a luau at dinner last week, the second class just had their ring dance on Saturday, and Castle dance (the firstie dance) was last weekend! We are all getting pretty excited about the summer, no matter where we are going. I just realized that I need to start to pack up my stuff and get ready to leave! We have had carry on for a few weeks now, and it is very nice. Last Thursday, one of my friends from my high school (the Science and Mathematics Academy at Aberdeen High school) came up as a prospective cadet. It was funny because I can’t believe that that was me a year ago. I think that I have come pretty far in the past year. I have been successful in school, I have tried some new sports, I marched in the Inaugural Parade, I was restricted for a week because I had an Instagram account, I got my wisdom teeth taken out, and I have made some incredible friends that I am excited to share my summer with. I don’t know that I have changed much at all, or a lot, but I definitely think that I have matured and I think that I appreciate the small things in life more than I used to. All in all, it’s been a great year, and I have to say that I am not dreading the next three years. Although they are going to be challenging and not always fun, I can’t see myself doing anything else.

 

My family is coming up right before I leave for Eagle which is nice because I will have been done with all my finals, and I can celebrate my birthday with them! (My birthday is this Sunday! I am turning 19!)

 

I am going to my friend’s house for the long we get the weekend before finals. I am excited to relax before I get into that last week.

 

The next time I blog, I will be a third class cadet!

 

Have a happy May :)

-Lucy

 



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Summer Assignments

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Stowes Photo With the end of the semester fast approaching, cadets here at the Coast Guard Academy are busier than ever. In addition to tests, projects, and presentations, sports, clubs, and so on, we are all getting ready for our summer assignments. Summer assignments are training periods designed to get cadets out into the operational Coast Guard. Each class has different assignment opportunities and training objectives. I am going to focus on what fourth class will be doing this summer.

 

Fourth class go out to experience the Coast Guard like a junior enlisted member would. We are training to be officers at the Academy, but we must first learn what the enlisted members have gone through. As a result, fourth class go to either a cutter, small boat station, or sector for six weeks to do the same work a junior enlisted member would. The other six weeks of summer training is spent on the Academy training ship, Eagle. On Eagle, we are expected to get some basic training qualifications.

 

This summer, I will be going to Pascagoula, Mississippi on CGC Decisive, which is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter that does various Coast Guard missions in the Gulf of Mexico. Decisive’s basic missions include: search and rescue, law enforcement, and drug and migrant interdiction. At this point, I don’t know exactly what I’ll be doing for work or what qualifications I’ll be expected to get. Nevertheless, I know I’ll be working hard in port and underway. I’m really excited. Being from Massachusetts, I’m excited to get out of the Northeast and experience the culture in Mississippi. In addition, I’m excited to get underway and see what life in the Coast Guard is really like.

 

In mid-June, I will leave Mississippi and head to Eagle in St. Petersburg, Florida. From St. Pete, Eagle will head out to Bermuda, back to Florida, up to St. Pierre (a French island in Canada), to Halifax, and finish the tour in Boston. While onboard Eagle, I will get qualified in basic Damage Control and Communications. Other than that, I can pick and choose what qualifications I want to pursue.

 

I only have two and a half weeks until I leave so my excitement is growing every day. If you have any questions about summer training or anything else, I am happy to answer. Feel free to email me at Hunter.D.Stowes@uscga.edu.

 



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Third Class Summer

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Keeley Photo There are only 13 more days of school to do including weekends. Although the end is in sight, this last push will be a tough one due to final exams, and packing out. We’re all in a trance right now, trying to get as much as we can done, or at least I am.

 

This summer I will be going on CGC Eagle for the first five weeks of my summer, called first phase, and then I will be at station Point Judith, Rhode Island for the next six weeks, called second phase. I had asked for both of these assignments so I am pretty excited for the summer. Eagle first phase will be going to St. Martin, Aruba, Guantanamo Bay, and finally, St. Petersburg, Florida. The only concern is that it will be extremely hot especially while we are all wearing ODUs. A large majority of my class will be on first phase as well, so the journey should be relatively cramped but this will definitely force us all to get to know each other much better. As third classes, which we will all become in May, class of 2016 will get to wear civilian clothes while on liberty in port; a huge excitement.

 

This is the summer where we really learn what it is like out in the fleet. While Eagle will give us a pretty good idea, nothing will train us better than our second phase where we had a choice of a cutter or a station. I chose station Point Judith because I live relatively close to there and as a result, have had previous interactions with the station and some of its crew. It will also be nice to be so close to home during liberty periods.

 

In addition to the two phases during 3/c summer, we also get the last three weeks off before we have to return to school. I remember thinking right before Swab Summer that I would never really get to go back to my house during the summers. I’m glad to know that this is not at all true.

 

Well, that’s pretty much it for this week, see y’all next month!

~4/c Keeley

 



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Proud American

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Ellis Photo Ask anyone here and they will tell you that yes, the Academy is challenging. The fourth class here, including myself, have been working hard since last June. Whether we were running everywhere during Swab Summer, figuring out how classes are run here, studying for Boards, and taking the trash out, we have been on the move for almost a year. To be honest, we are tired. Tired of doing all these things and stand at the bottom of the food chain. We are almost done with our first year and we are excited about summer because it will be our first real opportunity at spending time in the operational Coast Guard. And with this excitement and boredom of our duties here at the Academy, I think we have all forgotten why we are here; I know I did – until recently.

 

After the tragic event that has recently occurred in Boston, I took the time to remember why exactly I came to the Academy. It reminded me that I came here to protect the people of the United States. I want to make a change in the world. I am sure that most of my shipmates feel the same that I do. We all joined the Coast Guard to make a difference and to protect the United States.

 

This time a few years ago, I didn’t know what I wanted in life. I didn’t know if I wanted to be a doctor, or a lawyer or possibly a teacher. The hardest decision in my life up to this point was choosing the Academy. It took a while to convince myself that I wanted to be a cadet. But once I realized the opportunities I would have to help others, I knew I had to come here. Now that I am at the Academy, I am proud to say I go here and that I am a member of the United States Coast Guard. Even more importantly I am proud to be an American. Each and every time I hear the Star Spangled Banner, chills run through my body, I want nothing more than to protect the people of America. I am proud to be a Coast Guardsman.

 



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