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Beautiful Kodiak

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link   All Posts
Corcoran Photo When I heard I was going to be sent to Kodiak, Alaska for the summer, I won't lie – I was anticipating a cold, long summer. I was not expecting to have all of these unforgettable experiences and stories to tell! So far my summer has been great onboard the USCGC Munro, which is a 378-foot Hamilton-class cutter home-ported in Kodiak. Prior to arriving in Kodiak, I had never been to Alaska. I have to admit, it is a gorgeous place! The mountains are beautiful and I feel like I'm constantly looking at a painting – not actual nature.

 

While in Alaska, I have learned a lot about what life will be like as a future Coast Guard junior officer. It definitely will have its challenges but I have also found the work to be very rewarding. I'm excited for my future career and this summer definitely has solidified my decision to become a Deck Watch Officer after I graduate from the Academy.

 

I have had time to explore Alaska while I've been here. Unfortunately, it has been mostly foggy and overcast or raining since we've been here but there was one gorgeous, sunny day that we spent visiting the beaches of Kodiak. The views were outstanding. We also hiked what the locals call the easiest trail on the island called Old Women's Peak. Sadly, we definitely looked like old women hiking it. Needless to say, we took many breaks.

 

Right now, I am out at sea on the Munro seeing what life is like underway as a junior officer. While most of my time is spent working, we have gotten to do many fun things as well. So far I've caught a halibut almost half my size when we had a fish call, I have gotten to shoot one of the ship's guns on Memorial Day, and yesterday all of us cadets helped make pizza for the crew! It has certainly been a great experience that I will never forget.

 

I can't wait to see what the rest of my summer is going to be like onboard the USCGC Munro!

 

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at: Samantha.E.Corcoran@uscga.edu.

 

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