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Beautiful Kodiak

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
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!


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Station Ketchikan

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Eshleman Photo As of May 20, I am finally a third class cadet! Fourth class year is over and the excitement of summer training has arrived. On May 9, I departed the Coast Guard Academy for Station Ketchikan in Alaska. It has been an absolutely fantastic experience thus far. I just passed my watch communications board, which means that I can stand radio watch here at the station and I am beginning to work on my boat crew qualification. I have gotten to experience helo operations with a helicopter that flew from the air station in Sitka, Alaska, and also tactical training with the 45-foot response boat - medium (RB-M) and the 25-foot response boat - small (RB-S), along with a variety of other things. The crew here has been incredibly helpful.


Outside of work, I have visited multiple hiking trails, including the 3,000-foot trail that goes to the top of Deer Mountain, right behind the Coast Guard barracks. The crew keeps telling me that the weather in Ketchikan is usually rainy but I have only witnessed sunshine since I arrived. I feel very lucky to have been here for the nicest weather all year! I have seen bald eagles, orca whales, and salmon and hope to see a black bear before I leave. Next stop for me is USCGC Eagle. I will be on Eagle for six weeks as we sail along the East Coast. I am excited to see my classmates again but sad to leave Alaska. These first five weeks are flying by, and I am thrilled to see what the rest of the summer brings.


More about Hannah.