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So Wait, What Happens After Graduation????

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Life as a Junior Officer, Class of 2012) Permanent link
White Photo Hello again! So, it has been a while…I am sorry for that. What can I say? After graduating from the Academy, there is little a junior officer writes that is not in standard, memorandum format. So, bear with me as I get back into this whole “free-form” blog writing thing.


Over the two years since graduation for the great (est?) Class of 2012, I have completed a lot of fulfilling and wild adventures. I am sure that many of my classmates have humbled me in that regard; but they can write their own blogs bragging of their grandiose exploits. As some of you know, I got an assignment onboard CGC Cypress, a 225-foot buoy tender home-ported in Pensacola, Florida. When I first crossed the brow as a “butter bar,” I was greeted with a CG-standard scratchy blanket, a stateroom slightly larger than my body, and a “hey” from 50 perfect strangers. Now, as I prepare to depart with an additional gold bar, I will leave with the same scratchy CG-standard blanket, a slightly larger stateroom, and 50 of the best friends and people I could have hoped to have sailed with. Along the way, I got to do some cool stuff…


……So Wait, What Happens After Graduation???? (Continued) PDF 



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Class is my Extracurricular Activity

(Athletics, Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Beck Photo Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had quite a few opportunities to participate in different activities offered by clubs and sports. Between Sustainability Club, the Spectrum Council, and crew, every week has something (or somethings) to keep me excited.


Most recently, representatives from the food co-operative in town, Fiddleheads, came to speak with the Sustainability Club and brought snacks! We were all fascinated by the co-operative business model and the entrepreneurial spirit of those who started Fiddleheads. Without this small grocer, it could be difficult to find unquestionably healthy foods in the area. Fiddleheads also strives to keep local items on the shelves, a much easier task in the summer but still attainable year-round. I’ve volunteered there in the past and really like the connection to the community I gain by interacting with the store’s patrons.


Also recently, the Spectrum Council hosted a panel of gay and transgender service members, active and retired, enlisted and officers. It is so exciting to be a member of the military during this time of transition following the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and being able to openly attend such a panel and see how many proud supporters exist is truly inspiring. A common theme brought up was how the panel felt they were being treated by their peers and subordinates and how they deal with insensitive but culturally popular remarks. The best response came from a Navy lieutenant who gave examples of how humor could be used to keep interactions from getting awkward. I mostly feel pride in the professionalism of my peers that I experience in support of different lifestyles all around us, from sexual preference all the way to religious tolerance.


Finally, there’s crew. This season has had its share of windy days that keep us on land, but we make the most of it and work hard to improve fitness and strength. This week we ramp up to championships and I’m really excited to see how we fare. I’ve never rowed before but the intense teamwork and focus are a great change of pace after each academic day.


Summer is coming! I’ll be heading to the Fast Response Cutter William Flores in Miami, Florida then switching over to Eagle for the last six weeks of my summer. I’m so excited to be underway and under the sunshine! These last three weeks can’t go by fast enough.



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