One of the best learning experiences at the Academy happens during third class summer, when we go to a Coast Guard station or cutter and the Coast Guard cutter Barque Eagle. The summer phases give cadets a chance to learn about the Coast Guard outside the Academy and experience the enlisted side of the service.
For my first phase of the summer, I went to Station South Padre Island, Texas. At the station, I was able to go out on small boats and participate in various missions such as Search and Rescue and Aids to Navigation. I was also able to do some parts of the Law Enforcement mission, which is the area I’d like to go into when I graduate as an officer.
I was also able to obtain two qualifications that will help me in the future. It took a lot of time and effort, but being able to complete the two in five short weeks gave me a huge sense of accomplishment. I was also able to go up in a helicopter and fly it. I’ve been thinking about being a pilot for a while, so I really enjoyed being able to actually see what it’s like to fly.
Hopefully everyone has been enjoying their summer—as usual, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at Caroline.Miller1@uscga.edu!
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