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Third-Class Summer

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Engelhardt Photo Just yesterday it seemed like I was leaving the Academy to embark on my 3/c summer. It’s hard to believe how a couple short weeks can change someone’s perspective on the Coast Guard! After being cooped up at the Academy for the better part of 10 months, it was great to get out into the operational Coast Guard. The summer started for me with my reporting to Coast Guard Small Boat Station Annapolis, Maryland. At first it was tough adjusting to working with the enlisted personnel at the station, but before long I was learning so much from the station’s members about both the operational Coast Guard and their personal experiences as enlisted members of the Coast Guard.

 

The first week at the station I spent focusing on becoming Communications Watch Stander qualified, which involved me sitting in the station’s Comms Center and learning how to respond to mariners distressed at sea as well as how the station ran operationally. The information was defiantly interesting and useful, but I was happy to be qualified within a week of reporting in so that I was able to get underway more at the station. I had several unique experiences while underway, including patrolling the Severn River as part of the protection detail for the President during his Commencement Speech at the U.S. Naval Academy. I also got to participate in boarding several vessels and conducting a field B.U.I. test (boating under the influence; the nautical version of a D.U.I) as well as getting underway for several search and rescue missions.

 

In addition, while in port I learned a lot about the capabilities of the Coast Guard 45’ and 29’ response boats. Even though I have been away from the Academy I have been keeping tabs on events there and wanted to offer a hearty Bravo Zulu to the Class of 2013 for their completion of the Academy experience and offer my best wishes for them in the fleet. It was also exciting to learn of the announcement that the Academy’s Lacrosse programs (both Men and Women’s) will become full varsity sports during the 2014-15 school year. Even though the summer has only just started it’s amazing the experiences I have already had, and can’t wait for my time aboard Eagle here in a couple of weeks!

 



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