It is almost the end of April, and that means 3/c summer is just around the corner! For our second Academy summer, we spend half of the program (about five weeks) aboard the cutter Eagle and the other half at either a Coast Guard small boat station or cutter. I am on Phase I of Eagle, which means 2/3 of the Class of 2017 and I will be practicing seamanship in the Caribbean. Later, I will head to Station Golden Gate in Sausalito, California. During this portion of the summer, the 3/c cadets act as enlisted service members, eat in the chief’s mess instead of the wardroom, and help with basic tasks such as removing chipping paint. Through serving with the enlisted crew, we can experience the fleet from the point of view of those we will be leading in the future. Everyone is feeling pretty excited. I’m going to miss my friends not on Phase I, but Eagle will be making port calls in the Caribbean, so there will be opportunities to keep in contact with them, and of course explore places like Aruba, Cozumel and San Juan! My parents are trying to meet me in Aruba, so I will route a special request to stay overnight with them instead of on the ship.
In other news, we have full carry-on, which is terrific. After marching to class, squaring and bracing up for a year, I have such a great appreciation for “little” things, like being able to walk around Chase Hall and talk to my friends.
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