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Third Class Summer

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Keeley Photo There are only 13 more days of school to do including weekends. Although the end is in sight, this last push will be a tough one due to final exams, and packing out. We’re all in a trance right now, trying to get as much as we can done, or at least I am.


This summer I will be going on CGC Eagle for the first five weeks of my summer, called first phase, and then I will be at station Point Judith, Rhode Island for the next six weeks, called second phase. I had asked for both of these assignments so I am pretty excited for the summer. Eagle first phase will be going to St. Martin, Aruba, Guantanamo Bay, and finally, St. Petersburg, Florida. The only concern is that it will be extremely hot especially while we are all wearing ODUs. A large majority of my class will be on first phase as well, so the journey should be relatively cramped but this will definitely force us all to get to know each other much better. As third classes, which we will all become in May, class of 2016 will get to wear civilian clothes while on liberty in port; a huge excitement.


This is the summer where we really learn what it is like out in the fleet. While Eagle will give us a pretty good idea, nothing will train us better than our second phase where we had a choice of a cutter or a station. I chose station Point Judith because I live relatively close to there and as a result, have had previous interactions with the station and some of its crew. It will also be nice to be so close to home during liberty periods.


In addition to the two phases during 3/c summer, we also get the last three weeks off before we have to return to school. I remember thinking right before Swab Summer that I would never really get to go back to my house during the summers. I’m glad to know that this is not at all true.


Well, that’s pretty much it for this week, see y’all next month!

~4/c Keeley


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Proud American

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Ellis Photo Ask anyone here and they will tell you that yes, the Academy is challenging. The fourth class here, including myself, have been working hard since last June. Whether we were running everywhere during Swab Summer, figuring out how classes are run here, studying for Boards, and taking the trash out, we have been on the move for almost a year. To be honest, we are tired. Tired of doing all these things and stand at the bottom of the food chain. We are almost done with our first year and we are excited about summer because it will be our first real opportunity at spending time in the operational Coast Guard. And with this excitement and boredom of our duties here at the Academy, I think we have all forgotten why we are here; I know I did – until recently.


After the tragic event that has recently occurred in Boston, I took the time to remember why exactly I came to the Academy. It reminded me that I came here to protect the people of the United States. I want to make a change in the world. I am sure that most of my shipmates feel the same that I do. We all joined the Coast Guard to make a difference and to protect the United States.


This time a few years ago, I didn’t know what I wanted in life. I didn’t know if I wanted to be a doctor, or a lawyer or possibly a teacher. The hardest decision in my life up to this point was choosing the Academy. It took a while to convince myself that I wanted to be a cadet. But once I realized the opportunities I would have to help others, I knew I had to come here. Now that I am at the Academy, I am proud to say I go here and that I am a member of the United States Coast Guard. Even more importantly I am proud to be an American. Each and every time I hear the Star Spangled Banner, chills run through my body, I want nothing more than to protect the people of America. I am proud to be a Coast Guardsman.


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