Wow! It’s hard to believe that my 3/c summer training has come to a close and I am preparing for my second year at the Academy. Where did the time go?!? In all seriousness, I can say that the experiences I had this summer have made me a both a better person and cadet. After this summer I feel much more confident in the skills I have mastered and my abilities as a future Coast Guard officer.
After leaving Coast Guard Station Annapolis in mid-June, I reported aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, the Coast Guard’s training vessel. During my six weeks aboard I had the opportunity to travel to some unique and exciting ports of call, including St. Petersburg and Mayport, Florida; Bermuda; St. Pierre, France; Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Boston. The time spent aboard Eagle was just as exciting as the port calls. While aboard I completed my Helm, Lookout, and Sounding and Security qualifications, finished my basic Damage Control personnel qualifications, and started my Oiler and Quartermaster of the Watch qualifications. I also learned a lot of nautical information including the nautical Rules of the Road, which gave me more confidence in my abilities as a Coast Guardsman. I also got to experience countless sail station evolutions, served meals to senior officers, and gave personal tours of Eagle! But by far the best part of being on Eagle was establishing stronger and more meaningful relationships with my classmates in the Great USCGA Class of 2016.
So many of the moments I experienced this summer I will remember and cherish forever. Whether it was getting lost in Bermuda or finding Tommy the Tug-Boat in Halifax, the memories I made were outstanding. And now I can’t be more excited to make some more memories during the upcoming academic year! So here’s to another exciting school year at the Academy! Go Bears and Go Books!
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