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Cheers for the Champions

CGA Cheerleading team

The Coast Guard Academy Cheerleading Team attended the Island Championships Competition in Wildwood, New Jersey this past weekend. The Team’s competition routine took months of planning, practice, and learning advanced skills. They competed in the Traditional College category, which allowed for flexibility with stunt and tumbling levels and placed first for “Traditional College” and “Grand […]

Mission Critical: To Lead and Inspire

Regimental Commander, 1/c Coy Spooner

Regimental Commander. Wrestling Team Captain. And now Cancer Fighter. First Class Cadet (1/c) Coy Spooner is a natural born leader. The Minot, North Dakota native graduated high school and dreamed of owning a cattle ranch in Wyoming. Little did he know his small-town vision would turn into humanitarian service aspirations at the Coast Guard Academy. […]

Say Aloha to Civil Engineering in Hawaii: Summer Assignment Series

1/c Benjamin Wagner

Civil engineers are critical to the Coast Guard mission. During his internship at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, Hawaii, First Class Cadet Ben Wagner saw why. “Civil engineers in the Coast Guard do a lot of essential work managing ashore infrastructure. I wanted to understand how it works and explore it as a possible option after […]

Adventures In Alaska: Summer Assignment Series

Alaskan summer

She always wanted to see Alaska – and she was able to do so during her summer internship. First Class Cadet Hope Drake Duval worked at the Marine Exchange of Alaska (MXAK) in Juneau. MXAK does vessel monitoring and tracking using Automatic Identification System (AIS) to promote secure and environmentally responsible maritime operations. Being a […]

Stepping into Colombian Culture: Summer Assignment Series

Olmsted travels to Colombia

“I absolutely fell in love with Colombia and would go back in a heartbeat. Friendly people, good food, great music and dancing, and beautiful scenery,” said First Class Cadet Madison Foht. Foht recently returned from her summer travels to three Colombian cities: Cartagena, Barranquilla, and Santa Marta. This unique assignment is sponsored by the Olmsted […]

Fresh Off the Runway: The USCGA Flight Team

Flight Team patch

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy Flight Team returned from the Service Academy Flight Competition held at Stewart International Airport from April 14-16. While the Coast Guard is the smallest of the service academies, the Flight Team brought ten cadet pilots and three ground crew to this year’s competition against the Naval Academy and the Military […]

Soaring Aspirations After Graduation: Flight School


Did you know 10 percent of the graduating class are selected for flight school? This year, 23 cadets were chosen. After graduation, they report to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, and from there their journeys look like this: Complete basic flight training in Pensacola Learn to fly a Coast Guard aircraft at Coast Guard Aviation […]

It’s A Wrap: Beauty & The Beast –Spring Cadet Musical

Backstage on the set of the Cadet Musical, Beauty and the Beast

With over 2,000 tickets reserved, the cadet musical, Beauty & The Beast, performed to sold-out crowds this spring. “This show was very high-tech, unlike anything we’ve done before at the Academy,” said director, Abby Coats. New this year, a projected set made the musical come to life with authentic scenery and effects straight from the […]

The Wait Is Over: 1/c Jose Hernandez’s Billet Night Experience

1/c Jose Hernandez

One of the culminating experiences of a cadet’s First Class (senior) year—Billet Night. It’s the ceremony where cadets receive their first assignments upon graduation. Cadets submit a “dream sheet” of their top assignment choices weeks prior. They await Billet Night to see where they will be headed as newly-commissioned officers. What did you consider when […]

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