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cadet blogs

Back to Blogging for 1/c Year

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Hirst Photo I’ve taken a two-year hiatus but I’m back to blogging for my senior year! Perhaps my lack of blogging can attest to the busy-ness of the Academy, or maybe it’s just my inability to write a decent blog post. My 3/c and 2/c years were so much better than 4/c year. The CGA allows cadets to exchange to one of the other service academies during the fall of their 2/c year, and I was blessed with the opportunity to go to the Air Force Academy. While at the Air Force Academy, I was in charge of an element (like a division) and was integrated into their Wing (equivalent to our Corps of Cadets). I had a great time seeing completely new faces and spending time in Colorado. I also was fortunate enough to fly in a glider and complete five solo free fall jumps through their soaring and jump programs, respectively.


Currently, I’m in my last year at the CGA. I am the company commander of Delta Company for the fall semester. During our senior year, we are given the opportunity to lead the Corps of Cadets in various leadership positions. As the company commander, I oversee all of the efforts of Delta Company and frequently work with my company officer. I’ve really enjoyed the position because it has kept me constantly on my toes and forced me to discover creative ways to empower others. Already the semester is flying by. It has been an awesome ride thus far! Please ask if you have any questions!


More about Townshend.


Understanding Myself as a Leader

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Pourmonir Photo In the past year I have changed as a leader immensely. I now focus more on getting to know the people around me. As an underclass, it was easy to get caught up in just going through the motions of life at the Academy. I had fun, but I also did my own thing a lot. If I had homework I was doing it, and if I didn’t I was focused on whatever other responsibilities I had at the time. I got everything done but I didn’t step out of my comfort zone very often. As cadre, I was forced to step out of that comfort zone. I was forced to take on more responsibility and I finally had a chance to make a significant difference in other people’s lives. While it was difficult for me to be in a situation like that, where I felt very uncomfortable, it changed me as a person. I believe it made me a person more invested in the well-being of others and the completion of their duties. I always cared about others and checked on how they were doing, but I never realized the impact it had on people if they knew. I now make a more conscious effort to care about people, but also to do it in ways that ensure they know that I am interested in them as more than just my subordinate or shipmate, but as a valuable and necessary member of a service where we will someday work side by side. I never realized how important it was as a leader to show the people you are leading that you care. This has had an effect on all of my relationships both home and at the Academy. I honestly believe that if it weren’t for this past summer, I would not be the person I am today.


More about Keemiya.