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Awesome Summer Adventures

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Coburn Photo I cannot believe that it has been almost one year since I arrived at the Academy for R-Day last June. The time has really flown by and I am learning so much about the Coast Guard each and every day. Right now, I am on South Padre Island, Texas at a small boat station with another cadet. So far, this experience has been awesome. At first I was a little nervous but the crew has been very welcoming. They are always helping us and teaching us new seamanship skills. South Padre is one of the busiest stations in the country; not only have we been able to see how the Coast Guard works during real search and rescue missions, but we have actually been able to participate and it is incredible.

 

The weather down here is amazing. It has not dropped below 80 since we arrived and the beaches are great. We are allowed to go out and explore the island and, since it is so small, almost everything is within walking distance. We are at the station for two more weeks and then we will be flying back to New London to board Eagle. On Eagle, we will be travelling down to Philadelphia for the Tall Boat Show, which will be really cool, and then we will be cruising down to Bermuda (I am really excited for that part). It is going to be a lot of work but most of my friends are going to be on the same phase so I will be able to see them all again! Toward the end of July, we will end the voyage in Boston and then I will go home for three weeks of leave. On August 16th, I will report back to the Academy for my 3rd class year. I cannot wait to be part of Charlie Company and meet the new 4th class. To all of you soon-to-be-swabs out there: good luck this summer, have fun and try not to worry too much. Y’all will do great!

 

More about Mimi.

 

Life in Texas

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Auzenbergs Photo Life in Texas We are already three weeks into summer training and I cannot believe how much we have learned! I’m at Station Port Aransas in Texas with three other now-3/c cadets and we’re working on earning our Communications Watchstander qualification. Earning that would allow us to answer the radios and phones for distress calls or general calls from anyone that may need assistance and stand watch for the station. Though it may seem straightforward, there is a lot that goes into this job such as knowing the proper way to respond to a search and rescue mission, bomb threat, overdue vessel, or just how and when to check on any of the vessels that may be underway. To me, the biggest part that went into preparing for this qualification was learning the AOR or area of responsibility. The station has a large map that spans their entire AOR and each member who is comms qualified must be familiar with all the bays, channels, fueling stations, islands, peninsulas and more. It’s pretty difficult when you are brand new to the area like us, but I realized how important it is when I got a call from a woman trying to explain where she was stuck based off her surroundings because, without that knowledge, I would not have been able to help her!

 

Beside what we do at the station, we are able to get off work and go into town, which is a blast. We go to the beach, out to dinner, ride our bikes around town, shop, and explore the nature trails. This afternoon we are getting ready to go parasailing! It has been a great experience so far and I’m going to be sad when these last two weeks are over… but then it’s on to Eagle for six more.

 

More about Gabrielle.