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My San Francisco Summer

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2018, Civil Engineering) Permanent link
Kokomoor Photo My all-expenses-paid trip to San Francisco for 11 weeks this summer had me designing civil engineering solutions, exploring Alcatraz Island, jumping into Damage Control Drills onboard a National Security Cutter, and flying a helicopter around the Bay Bridge. And best of all, I did it all for the Coast Guard.

 

My summer was a phenomenal experience. I started at a civil engineering internship in California designing drainage solutions for the Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma by day and exploring northern California by night! After five weeks of hard, yet rewarding, work I co-presented design solutions that are now being submitted for the 2018 fiscal year plan! I also made visits to a number of Coast Guard Units including the Civil Engineering Unit in Oakland, team members from which took me and my cadet counterpart to climb the Alcatraz lighthouse on official business. We next traveled to the CGC Waesche in Alameda, California where we quickly assimilated to shipboard life. We took part in the everyday routines and had the unique opportunity to visit Air Station San Francisco, Station San Francisco, Sector San Francisco, and Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center Pacific (MIFC PAC). My summer encompassed a large portion of the Coast Guard, both operationally and within the support realm, allowing me to better understand the organization and the hard career decisions I will have before me as a junior officer.

 

As a native New Englander, the West Coast really caught me off guard, but it was amazing to immerse myself in the culture and attitude of the area and observe how the Coast Guard is able to expertly assimilate into an environment and thrive with outstanding community support. My San Francisco summer taught me so much about the Coast Guard, but most importantly, it taught me that there is so much more to learn. This service has so much to offer and I have not yet scratched the surface!

 

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