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Summer Assignments

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Stowes Photo With the end of the semester fast approaching, cadets here at the Coast Guard Academy are busier than ever. In addition to tests, projects, and presentations, sports, clubs, and so on, we are all getting ready for our summer assignments. Summer assignments are training periods designed to get cadets out into the operational Coast Guard. Each class has different assignment opportunities and training objectives. I am going to focus on what fourth class will be doing this summer.


Fourth class go out to experience the Coast Guard like a junior enlisted member would. We are training to be officers at the Academy, but we must first learn what the enlisted members have gone through. As a result, fourth class go to either a cutter, small boat station, or sector for six weeks to do the same work a junior enlisted member would. The other six weeks of summer training is spent on the Academy training ship, Eagle. On Eagle, we are expected to get some basic training qualifications.


This summer, I will be going to Pascagoula, Mississippi on CGC Decisive, which is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter that does various Coast Guard missions in the Gulf of Mexico. Decisive’s basic missions include: search and rescue, law enforcement, and drug and migrant interdiction. At this point, I don’t know exactly what I’ll be doing for work or what qualifications I’ll be expected to get. Nevertheless, I know I’ll be working hard in port and underway. I’m really excited. Being from Massachusetts, I’m excited to get out of the Northeast and experience the culture in Mississippi. In addition, I’m excited to get underway and see what life in the Coast Guard is really like.


In mid-June, I will leave Mississippi and head to Eagle in St. Petersburg, Florida. From St. Pete, Eagle will head out to Bermuda, back to Florida, up to St. Pierre (a French island in Canada), to Halifax, and finish the tour in Boston. While onboard Eagle, I will get qualified in basic Damage Control and Communications. Other than that, I can pick and choose what qualifications I want to pursue.


I only have two and a half weeks until I leave so my excitement is growing every day. If you have any questions about summer training or anything else, I am happy to answer. Feel free to email me at


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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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