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cadet blogs

Pilot Shadow Program

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Seaman Photo One of the best parts of the Academy is all of the new doors it opens for you. After being here for only a year, I have already gotten the chance to participate in some incredible opportunities. This weekend I went to Cape Cod Air Station for their Pilot Shadow Program. In this program, cadets get to follow along on flights happening that weekend at the air station. I got to fly on both Saturday and Sunday and was able to observe actual Coast Guard operations. It was one of the most exciting experiences I’ve had being able to actually fly the Casa for a few minutes. Additionally, learning about how the fleet operates and being involved in it creates meaning for the work I have done this year. This weekend magnified my previous goal to pursue aviation and flight school upon graduation along with giving me a new perspective and appreciation of the service I am a part of.



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No Longer a 4/c

(Academics, Athletics, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Ledzian Photo Under a month to go until summer assignments! There is one last round of exams, a few more track meets, and projects that have to be done. It seems as if summer is within my grasp and yet there is so much to do until I can leave. After what seemed like an eternity, boards came and went, everyone passed, and we have wardroom carry-on. It’s weird that we have been braced up in the wardroom for nine months but after three weeks of wardroom carry-on I can’t imagine ever going back. The privilege of being a normal human being is slowly returning.


On the subject of humanity, winter seems to have abated at last. For the first time in months I can feel the sun again and we can (occasionally) wear uniforms without windbreakers or parkas. The weather is even nice enough to sit out on the infield during track meets. As of now the countdown is in full swing, closer to Eagle, and closer to no longer being a 4/c!



More about Patrick.