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Leadership Development and Home!

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Bilodeau Photo At the beginning of this month I completed the Coastal Sail Training Program (CSTP) with my group of seven other classmates and our safety officer. It was a very rewarding experience. I definitely felt lucky to have the privilege of working with my classmates onboard Razorbill to learn how to sail, navigate from port to port, cook for each other, and clean our two-week home. The final ports we went to were Woods Hole, Newport, Stonington, and finally back to the Coast Guard Academy.


Upon returning to the CGA, we were granted our two weeks of leave for the summer. My friend Mary came home with me for a few days to experience what a Maine summer was like. While I was home I ran the Color Run with a few of my friends, and I also ran my first half marathon with my dad. My sister came home over leave, which made my two weeks even more enjoyable. I boated in Casco Bay, blueberry picked, hiked, and went on many beach walks with my family.


After leave, I began the three weeks of cadre. I am a CGA Scholars (CGAS) cadre. At times it is frustrating, but for the most part I am appreciating the responsibility and leadership development. I have a new appreciation for different leadership techniques. This opportunity is incredible, and it is amazing to see the transformation of the cadet candidates that are in my platoon. I did not know one thing about the ten candidates in Golf Platoon before they reported in, and now I genuinely care about each candidate’s success. It is satisfying to see them form as a group and overcome obstacles that we task them with every day.


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