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A Recap of 100th Week

(Overcoming Challenges, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Hazen PhotoMonday: We met out on the parade field and LCDR Christiansen handed us over to the Cape May Company Commanders. Petty Officer Saporito (SK2) took charge of Hotel Company. I relived Swab Summer for the next eight hours. Once the day was over, I went to bed…unable to move. My hamstrings would be tight for the next week and a half…


Tuesday: “Train the trainer” day – We all learned the tricks and secrets of being a cadre.


Wednesday: Room Inspections – My roommate, Christina, and I got our room inspected by SK2 Saporito and a few of our classmates. They found ‘dust buffalos’ behind my stereo cabinet and made Christina get her rifle to shoot them dead…it was absolutely hilarious!


Thursday and Friday: Stone’s Ranch – a lot of team building exercises. There were a series of three obstacle courses that all members of the class of 2015 were to complete as a team. Both Thursday and Friday were extremely hot and I was fighting a bad case of poison ivy. But Friday afternoon was one of the happiest days at the Academy. The class of 2015 put on 2/c shoulder boards and officially got the civies!


Saturday: I spent the day prepping for my 0530 departure to Elizabeth City, North Carolina for CATP (Cadet Aviation Training Program).



More about Mary.



(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Effendi Photo As a cadet at USCGA I realize that Eagle goes one of two ways, either you love it or you hate it. For me, I loved my time on Eagle. Maybe I enjoyed my time because I never got sea sick, but I know that I had a lot of fun both on and off the ship. The experience felt once in a lifetime even though I could come back to Eagle in the future, but I have the feeling that each time will be an entirely new experience.


While on Eagle we worked hard, but all the while making the experience unique and interesting. Each division rotates through different duty sections of engineering, CIC, helm, lookout, and watch on deck. In each, my shipmates and I were mentored by the enlisted crew members and had a great opportunity to learn and experience new things. My favorite watch was engineering, despite the general consensus of the rest of my class. Yes, it was extremely hot in the engine room, along with noisy, but I found great interest below deck. Every time we went down we learned something new and the crew had set another learning goal for us to achieve. The crew made it fun to be down there, personable and professional. I learned a lot while on Eagle.


The port calls; I cannot say enough about the amazing times I had in Saint Martin, Aruba, Guantanamo Bay, and Saint Petersburg. The warm weather, beautiful beaches, and stunning scenery made it easy just to wander around the islands all day. In Guantanamo we rented mountain bikes and traveled the island, visiting different beaches, to end at the Eagle versus Guantanamo Bay All Star soccer game. Even when I had duty in port I could still make the best of it, telling little kids that I was almost a pirate, and explaining to their parents that, yes, we do still steer the ship behind the helm. The stories of what we did at each port call are endless, and I know that I will never forget a moment of my experience.


I had a wonderful time on Eagle and wish I could have stayed on longer. Sadly, my next station is back at USCGA for summer school, rather than another unit like the rest of my classmates, but I know I can make the best of it. It definitely feels good to be back on solid ground again, but I cannot wait to get back out into the fleet, whether it is Eagle or another operational vessel.


More about Ardy.


100th Week, CATP, Range

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Bilodeau Photo I cannot believe 3/c year is actually over. After finals week every member in the Class of 2015 participated in 100th Week, where the Cape May Company Commanders came to train our class to become leaders. It was a transformation week similar to the challenges and evolutions we faced during Swab Summer. At the end of 100th Week we completed obstacle and leadership courses with our fellow shipmates. The CC’s made us pick up and put down a pen on the floor (the deck) over and over again. We changed a countless number of times from gym gear to ODUs, and we read the infamous passage about “Discipline” from our Blue Jackets, which all of us remember word-by-word from Swab Summer. Upon completing 100th Week we finally got to put on our 2/c shoulder boards.


The following week, a group of us went to Mobile, Alabama to participate in the Cadet Aviation Training Program (CATP). CATP will forever remain the highlight of my 2/c summer. I absolutely loved talking to the pilots in Mobile. I was granted the opportunity to actually fly a Falcon with one of my other classmates. On the Thursday of CATP our group drove to Pensacola and toured the assets on base. We were hoisted in a basket from the water into a helicopter, given a lollipop at the top, and hoisted back down into the Bay. I get chills thinking about how much fun I had at CATP and learning about aviation.


Next, we had range week. We learned how to disassemble and reassemble a pistol. At first I had a hard time qualifying on the range, but after I realized what I needed to do to hit the center of the target, I successfully qualified.


More about Christina.