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A Very Busy Summer

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2014) Permanent link
Townsend Photo I have not been bored at all this summer and I could not be any more thankful for that. My 2/c summer has brought me so many opportunities that I had never imagined I would have, and it’s not even over yet. I started off this summer in a classroom learning the Rules of the Road for boats, which was very informative. I then went on to spending two weeks on the brand new sailing yachts, the Leadership 44’s. I learned a lot about sailing and I got to visit some amazing places in New England with some of my classmates. After spending those two weeks learning about leadership, tacking, and different points of sail I went on to T-boats which is a week on an old black hull to learn basic ship handling. This week brought many new friendships and another chance to understand what I would be doing out in the fleet. The next week I experienced something I had never done before, I got to shoot a gun. At first it was pretty difficult for me, but by the end of the week I came out as a sharpshooter and that was a surprise to me.


At the conclusion of all of these new experiences, something from my past returned, Swab Summer. The only difference was that I was now cadre instead of a swab. This responsibility was huge and quite different than I had anticipated. I still have one more week left as cadre but I have found out many things about my leadership techniques and styles that I can improve upon and maintain.


As for right now I find myself sitting next to the pool reading a book because I am on leave for the next three weeks. I look forward to returning to the Academy for my last week of cadre and the rest of my trainings, but at this moment I am just going to relax for a while.


More about Brianna.


Ancient Keeper Change of Command Ceremony

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Min Photo This summer I have been fortunate enough to spend my second phase at Station Castle Hill in Newport Rhode Island. The station has constantly been busy between search and rescue cases and logistics for numerous events such as the internationally televised America’s Cup. However, yesterday was one of the most important days of the summer. It marked the retirement of the Commanding Officer, Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Guthlein. Mr. Guthlein not only was the CO, but also the Ancient Keeper of the Coast Guard, which is designated to the senior boat forces member. Mr. Guthlein who retired with 35 years was definitely a pool of knowledge and understood all the aspects in his field. During the Change of Command, as the new CO, Mr. Roberts and Mr. Guthlein did their personnel inspection he said to me; “Remember this.” In his closing speech he talked about legacy and how he was often questioned what his would be. Mr. Guthlein’s address to all in attendance, however, was that he has no legacy. He explained how the next day the cooks would arrive make breakfast and the crew would come down and do what they have done everyday at Station Castle Hill. Mr. Guthlein’s legacy was being part of the Long Blue Line and fulfilling the needs of the service wherever he went.


This summer has been an amazing experience filled with incomparable opportunities and the humility and passion that a man who has done his job for 35 years is one thing I will definitely remember.


More about Alex.