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The Summer Has Just Started!

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link   All Posts
Belanger Photo Well, our summer has just reached its mid-point. So far this summer I have sailed from New London all the way to St. Maarten, Aruba, Gitmo, and then finally St. Pete in Florida. To say the very least, it was beyond amazing. From seeing dolphins, sea turtles, whales, glowing algae to enjoying the nights out in port I have done far more than I would have been able to do going to a normal institution. One of the high points on Eagle that I got to experience was working for two weeks night baking with the Food Specialists. The job of the night baker is not only to make all of the bread for the next day (one night amounting to over 40 lbs of bread) but cooking mid-rations, known as mid-rats, for the 0000-0400 watch sections. FS3 Christopher Stockton took me under his wing and taught me as much as he could those two weeks. Although it required me to stay up later and work a little longer than my classmates, my only regret is not doing it sooner. After departing Eagle, I am taking on a new experience on the Coast Guard Cutter Chase Hall. Due to a program that I was in my 4/c year called 4-5-2, I am required to go to summer school back at the Academy. Some might think that is a rough time missing those six weeks underway at a real Coast Guard Unit but I am more than happy to come back for school. I only have to take two classes, so only two classes to focus on, which means it could easily boost my GPA. I cannot wait to see what summer school has to bring me and I promise to keep you updated! Class of 2017, the cadre are waiting for you…


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