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Looking Forward

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Hoburg Photo It’s about 1600 on 02 May 2012 and what do you know, having just finished my last final exam, I am academically done with 4/c year. Wow! I can’t believe it’s over; time has gone by so fast. No doubt has it been a long journey but it has been more than worth it. Everything I have learned and the friendships I have developed are more than worth the numerous challenges that I faced this year. Now that I am done with school, I have to begin packing everything out of my room and preparing for my summer training assignment. This summer I got assigned to six weeks at Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook, New Jersey. I got co-located with some really good friends so I am very excited for the assignment. After six weeks there I will spend six weeks aboard USCGC Eagle where we will be sailing from Baltimore, Maryland making our final destination in Halifax where I will disembark and head home for three weeks of leave. It sure is going to be an amazing summer.


But looking forward from our summer, I am really excited to move on to the next stage in my cadet career. 3/c year is a huge improvement from 4/c year as far as standard of living is concerned. We also have a pretty significant change as far as our role in the corps. Our primary job as 3/c is to guide and mentor the incoming 4/c of the class of 2016. Wow, I can’t believe it. If you are an incoming member of 2016 or a parent of one, I want to assure you that my classmates and I are extremely well prepared and excited to mentor you in the coming year. We have all worked really hard to prepare ourselves to guide you through the challenges that you will face your 4/c year and we will continue to work hard to make your 4/c year the best experience possible. It’s going to be challenging but really that’s the only way to improve. Feel free to email me if you have any questions going into R-Day or about anything Academy-related. Shoot, I’ll even tell you what my favorite food is if you really want to know.


“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man be perfected without trials.”
- Danish Proverb


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And Away We Go!

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Krakower Photo And finally, the end of the academic year! Granted, this one ended…differently than I had expected, but nevertheless, it is over. I’ve found out my Summer Assignment (Station Dauphin Island, Alabama, Eagle Phase 2) and my new company (Echo!). We will officially be getting our 3/c rank and shoulder boards when the Firsties graduate, which is May 16. Some stations do ceremonies; I’m hoping mine does one. It’d be really cool for that to happen, to get recognized for the hardest year of my life.


Looking back on my 10+ months in the Coast Guard, it’s been the roller coaster I had expected it to be. From formals to drill to lacrosse to Idlers, and everything in between, it’s just been a wild ride. Coming back next year without having to do any of the odd tasks of bracing up, squaring meals, well, that will be just great! However, it’s important to note that the role of the 3/c is to mentor the 4/c, so I’ll be sure to just that.


To members of 2016: Stay strong during Swab Summer! It’s a tough, mentally and physically challenging seven weeks, but I promise, you’ll get through it. One day at a time. Good Luck!


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