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The Wait Is Over: 1/c Hannah Meisner’s Billet Night Experience

1/c Hannah Meisner on Billet Night 2023

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 […]

Moving forward from the past – Impacting the future

Rear Adm. Bill Kelly and Mr. Harrison Brooks Fitch | U.S. Coast Guard Photo by PA2 Matt Abban

NEW LONDON, Conn. — Nearly 90 years after a racist incident, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the keepers of the legacy of an African-American trailblazer are partnering together to learn from the past and uplift the leaders of the future. In 1934, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy was scheduled to host a basketball game […]

Law Enforcement in Bahrain: Cadet Summer Assignment

Mariah Dewey

“I am attracted to a high speed and exciting lifestyle,” said First Class Cadet (1/c) Mariah Dewey. With weapons handling, tactical egress, responding to traumatic injuries and learning all about the MK19 grenade launcher and the .50 Cal machine gun, there was no shortage of adrenaline during Dewey’s summer assignment. Her six-week training period in […]

From Following to Leading: 1/c EAGLE Experience

cadet Lindsey Blake on the Eagle

The last time she was on EAGLE was as a swab. Three years later, she stepped aboard America’s tall ship in a leadership role this summer. “Onboard EAGLE as a swab, my main job was to follow orders and show up to tasks on time. My role as a first class (1/c) on EAGLE was […]

A Customized Tour of Italy: Cadet Summer Assignment Series

1/c Adam Pagliarulo

NEW LONDON, Conn – A tour of Italy kicked off First Class Cadet Adam Pagliarulo’s summer. His three-week stay abroad included visits to Rome, Florence, Lampedusa, Palermo, Agrigento, Ragusa, Syracuse and Taormina. His only guideline was to plan his agenda and immerse himself in Italian culture, so he made the most of it. “The other […]

Bringing Languages Full Circle

NEW LONDON, Conn – May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and the graduating class of 2022 had one of the highest number of Asian graduates. The Asian Pacific American Council (APAC) also hosted a creative event to help bilingual cadets preserve their languages. The first language circle was held this past April. […]

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