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Getting a Shout Out at the Inaugural Parade

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Murphy Photo Last weekend I marched in President Obama’s Inaugural Parade; it truly was a once in a lifetime opportunity. We drove down on busses on Saturday night to the Naval Academy and it was not a very comfortable night of sleep. At the Naval Academy the next morning, we practiced for the parade and had liberty for most of the day in Annapolis, which is a great city with plenty of things to see.


The following morning we were bused to Washington, D.C. We had a long day of security clearances, waiting at checkpoints, and dealing with the cold weather. It was an interesting process as we were herded from checkpoint to checkpoint in D.C. Finally after waiting all day, we made it to the National Mall, where, you guessed it, waited a little longer. When we finally started marching on the route to the President, it was starting to get dark.


As soon as we turned onto the main road, and the Coast Guard Academy was announced on the speakers in the city, all the waiting and inconveniences became worth it. I realized that I was helping represent the entire Coast Guard Academy and Coast Guard for the President of the United States. It was one of the proudest moments I have ever had. As we marched past the President, our Regimental Commander called “eyes left”, in which we all snapped our heads toward the President and received a salute from him. As we marched away, I heard a familiar voice scream, “Go Sean Murphy! Wooo! Go Eagles!” My two good friends from home, Marcus and Arianna, both came to the Inauguration and were able to spot me in the mass of cadets. It was really funny.


All in all, it was an awesome experience that I was able to share with my friends and will be able to share for the rest of my life.


More about Sean.


Back in the Groove

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Martin Photo In two years from this point, I will be a semester away from graduating! It’s pretty cool to see the excitement (and the senioritis) of the firsties as they anxiously await their departure from this beautiful place we call home. I keep thinking that will be me some day, and the sooner the better!


Getting back in the groove of things is always difficult after having an amazingly long leave at home. Yet also, we have the motivation from seeing how proud friends and family are of us, which is the fuel that keeps us going. I keep saying that whichever semester I am in is going to be the hardest; I need to get out of that habit since the next semester seems to discredit that statement every time.


Already this semester I have made up for my inability to travel last semester. The first weekend back from break, the corps was granted a long weekend so I headed to New Jersey to visit with some cousins and relax before the storm. Next was MLK weekend so I was able to do some traveling and get away that weekend, too. The next weekend, a first class and I went to NYC to represent the Coast Guard Academy’s Spectrum Council in the first ever All-Academy Spectrum Leadership Conference. It was a great weekend in the city with a lot of great work done to strengthen the bonds between our Academies and bring us together to tackle issues together. It is always fun to be in the city and to stay for free just makes it that much better! In two weeks I’ll be off to visit the Naval Academy and the Holocaust Museum so there’s been a good bit of traveling so far with plenty more planned!


We are already getting training on Cadre Summer to prep us for this great responsibility and this great challenge. Its right around the corner so get ready 2017, because we are!


More about Matt.


Service above Self

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Stowes Photo Yesterday I spent most of the day working at an indoor track meet at our school. Instead of heading out on the long weekend like many of my shipmates, I decided to stick around and fulfill my Institutional Service (IS) hours requirement. Every cadet is required to fulfill a minimum two IS hours and six community service (CS) hours. It sounds like a lot to ask when cadets are already working so hard to balance out school work, sports, other military requirements, and a social life as well; however, I think that interior service and community service can be fun and rewarding. It’s all about what you make it.


There are tons of opportunities to fill the CS and IS hours requirement, and a lot of them are fun. Also, they are a great opportunity to meet people. Last semester, I completed all of my community service on a one Saturday afternoon, kayaking up and down the Thames River picking up trash from the islands and beeches. The event was called “Adventure Clun River Cleanup.” It was really fun, and some of the people I met that day have become my best friends.


But that’s just one example of community service. Two other marquee community service events that the Coast Guard Academy are doing now are: ongoing Hurricane Sandy relief, and what we call, “Habitat for Humanity” construction. The Habitat for Humanity is an ongoing house build. That’s right. Cadets are out there every weekend working together to build a house. It’s a great project and tons of cadets have gotten involved so far. The Academy is heavily involved in the local New London area, and it’s great to see cadets taking an interest in the community.


If you want to find out more about what the Academy is doing for community service, or if you have any questions about the service requirements, please feel free to email me!


More about Hunter.


Yay for Long Weekends!

(Athletics, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Frost Photo Hey everyone! So, here I am sitting in Leamy Ballroom, thanks to the lovely fire alarm going off back in Chase. It was back to the grind today after a great long weekend. The first week of class went by smoothly, and the four day week is already flying by. This past weekend I enjoyed visiting my friend’s house in New Jersey, which was full of excitement. I visited Philly for the first time, and of course had a real Philly Cheese Steak. I went to my second ever hockey game, which went into double overtime, and I rode on my first train in the states! Yes, the last one is exciting for me, haha!


I am already getting stoked for sailing season. Team workouts start tomorrow, and I hope the rest of the team is as excited as I am! Our first regatta is February 16, and I am dreaming of sunny Florida. Tonight it is supposed to get down to 9 degrees. That is REALLY cold for a Florida girl! Not going to lie, I’m pretty pumped for the forecasted blizzard this weekend.


If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to email me at


More about Christi.


Marching for the President

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Engelhardt Photo This past weekend I had the honor of marching in the Inaugural Parade for President Barack Obama at the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Marching past the reviewing stand and meeting eyes with the President was an honor and a privilege that made all the sacrifices of the weekend worth it.


I had volunteered to march in the Inauguration in mid-November and found out that I was selected upon returning from Thanksgiving break. Immediately I had to take a picture and answer several screening questions for the Secret Service background check. As the Inauguration drew closer, I learned more of the itinerary and looked forward to the event more and more.


My fellow cadets and I boarded the buses for the Inauguration on Saturday, two days before the actual event. We drove through the night arriving in Annapolis, site of the United States Naval Academy, early Sunday morning. We were assigned to rooms with host midshipmen, who took us to breakfast and showed us around the “yard.” At 1100 the 90 cadets who made the trip formed up for a quick practice drill, after which we were granted liberty. All in attendance were anxious for the next day.


Monday arrived early as we boarded buses bound for Alexandria, Virginia. We were going to join a convoy with other enlisted and reserve Coasties and travel to D.C. together. The sight of the black SUVs, sirens blazing, escorting us to D.C. made quite an impression. We all arrived at the Pentagon around noon and went through more screening, before reaching D.C. about 1530 in the afternoon.


We waited anxiously for our turn to march, as various marching details went ahead. Finally our turn came. Marching down the streets of D.C. with all eyes on us gave me a sense of pride and purpose that is hard to explain. And when we marched in front of the President all of the trials of the day seemed to be insignificant. It was a great honor to march before the President, in a parade that symbolizes all our country is known for – freedom, liberty, and equality. Had I not come to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, I doubt I’d ever get that experience.


More about James.


Attending the Inaugural Parade

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Daghir Photo Going to the Inauguration was a truly unique experience. The entire weekend was really fun. We left Saturday night and stayed overnight at the Naval Academy. I was able to see my family too because I am from that area. We even got to watch the Ravens game!


On Monday, we started with a police escort to D.C. It was so cool! The day of the Inauguration involved a lot of waiting and security checks but it was all worth it. We marched after 5 o’clock and the route was about 1.6 miles long. To march down Pennsylvania Avenue and to be a part of history and welcome our President back for another four years was mind blowing. Passing in review, I was hit with an overwhelming pride for my service and to be an American. I will always remember the thrill I felt marching in an event holding such significance to the American people. I can see now that anywhere in the world, a change of power conducted peacefully and by the people is not to be taken for granted. I will remember that day for my entire life, and I know that last year, I would never have guessed that I would have marched for the President and the United States of America.


Fast Paced Week

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Daghir Photo Hey it’s me, Lucy! Today is Friday and I had Chemistry after lunch but because Martin Luther King Day cut the week short, I had a really short class. This week has been really fast paced. I think that they all usually are but I am still getting back into the swing of things. Now, I am just doing some homework before I have track practice. I have a surprisingly busy evening planned. After practice, I am going to go to Bible study and then Friday Night Fellowship after that. Also, tonight, there is a comedy night at Leamy that a lot of people are going to. This weekend I want to get a lot of homework done and also relax a bit and SLEEP!!!! I am giving a tour tomorrow; maybe I will see you there :)