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Spring Break 2015 - Ireland Bound

(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Just for Fun, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Martorell Crespo Photo Hey everyone! So for spring break this year, I had the opportunity to go to Ireland with the chaplains from the Academy. We were a group of about 30 people, which consisted of some 1/c, 2/c, 3/c and 4/c cadets. It was a fun and exciting trip. We went to Galway, Donegal, Belfast, Dublin, and many other places.


Besides doing a lot of sightseeing, we also visited the Irish Coast Guard. It was an enjoyable and unique experience. We were able to learn how their coast guard is small and that it’s Irelands 4th Blue Light Service. Its objective is search and rescue and it also provides security to all those people who are in danger at sea, on the coast, or in any other place.


Overall, we were able to have a fun time but we also were able to learn many things about Ireland and its ancient buildings and castles. This will be an unforgettable trip. We all loved Ireland and we would all love to go again because it was a really nice place but also because of its people. Not only they were helpful but they were nice and friendly.


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(Extracurricular Activities and Faith-Based Involvement, Just for Fun, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Eshleman Photo March has been an incredible month. In the beginning of March, I was extremely focused on passing Boards, which is a verbal indoctrination exam that all of the 4/c (freshman) must pass in order to eventually be granted carry-on, a.k.a. no more squaring, bracing up, etc. I was obviously very nervous but thankfully with a lot of study sessions, mock Boards and advice from upper-class, I was able to pass on the first try.


About a week after I passed Boards, I headed to Germany with the USCGA Cadet Chorale for our spring break. We stayed in the town of Garmisch. I had been looking forward to this trip since the beginning of the school year and what a trip it was. We toured multiple castles, including Neuschwanstein, which is what the Disney castle is based on. We also went to Dachau concentration camp, skied in the Bavarian Alps and sang at the Chief Warrant Officers’ Ball at the Edelweiss Resort. Overall, there were many eye-opening experiences on this trip and a lot of awesome Glee Club bonding. It was a trip of a lifetime.


Back at the Academy, we have only six weeks left of school before we head out to our summer assignments. I am still waiting to hear where I am going but I cannot wait to see what the operational Coast Guard is like. Fourth class year is flying by and I am excited to see what the next couple of months have in store for me and my classmates.


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Hectic Days Leading Up to Spring Break

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Eshleman Photo January came to a cold end with over a foot of snow falling on the Coast Guard Academy’s grounds. We got two days off of school and got to spend our time going sledding, catching up on homework, and sleeping. Foxtrot Company even had a snowman building contest and some friends and I drew a giant “2018” into the lower field overlooking the river. Overall, it made the end of January very enjoyable.


Since second semester started, life has been incredibly hectic. I am trying water polo this semester for the first time. It has been awesome getting to know a new group of girls and everyone has been very welcoming. The sport is hard though. I never swam on a team in high school, but I am doing my best to learn the rules of the game and be a beneficial member of the team. Our first tournament is the end of February, so we’re all looking forward to that. Chief Stevens (our coach) has warned us of the competition we’ll be facing, but we have all been working hard to get in good shape, so hopefully we can give other teams a run for their money.


Glee Club is starting to prepare for our spring break trip to Germany! We’ve got some new medleys to work on, and I am counting down the days until this trip. I have been to Europe once (London), but I’m looking forward to exploring a part of the world I have never been to before.


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To Sing or Not to Sing

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Eshleman Photo I have always loved to sing. Not necessarily in public, but in the shower, in my room, humming to myself in school, etc. All my life I have loved to sing, but I have never pushed myself out of my comfort zone to join a choir or singing group. This year I decided was a year of firsts. I decided to try out for Glee Club. I thought I would not make it since I did not have any professional background in singing, but luckily my style was something the Glee Club was looking for, and I was blessed enough to make the club, as well as the girls’ group, Fairwinds.


Although this is only my second month in the club, the opportunities I have gotten to have through this club are outstanding. Last week I sang in NYC at the Marriot for the Commandant of the Coast Guard, the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard, and other special guests. Getting to stay at the dinner and listen to their speeches given to a room of professionals was an eye-opening experience. It helped me to see past the Academy and into what the Coast Guard is really like. Many people at that event had saved many lives over the course of their careers, and it was inspiring to get to talk and listen to them speak.


Another opportunity Glee Club has given me is singing at memorial services at the Chapel. Last week we had two memorial services for classmates that had past, seeing that it was Homecoming Weekend and graduates from many different class years had come back to visit. Singing at the services was an extremely humbling experience. When I saw the sadness felt by classmates for the death of their fellow shipmates, I realized how much everyone at the Academy cares about each other. It really is a family here, whether you graduated in 1964 or 2014. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to email me at Have a great day!


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On Exchange from USAFA

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Leech Photo Not gonna lie. I’m homesick. Dreadfully so. I miss my bold, brilliant mountains and my equally bold, brilliant friends. I miss the Air Force culture and how easy it is to navigate. Granted, I’m completely biased, having spent over two years immersed in it and just about a month immersed in the Coast Guard experience. The services value different ideals, and have significant differences in priorities, for good and for bad. Adjustment has not been easy and I’ve certainly been stumbling over myself and the expectations upon me.


But the one place I haven’t been stumbling is on the dance floor. I was born a dancer, always ready to shake my “thang” out on the floor. And I might not have been the most graceful of people (and I still am not) but I can pop, lock and drop with the best of ‘em. And I truly love it. I’m not stretchy at all though I’m working on my splits (only two hand lengths away from a full!). Every day, I run down to the gym and catch the tail end of wrestling practice in their padded room. I hook up to the massive speakers and just let it go. And all the stress and muddle of the day melts away and I can finally be free.


I do love sports period for this reason, and it’s one of my favorite parts about this place. USCGA integrates time every day to physically get out there, and get away from the stress of Chase Hall (the dormitory) and academia. I don’t even think about homework before 2000 because I’m going to be out there, dancing.


Speaking of dancing, I didn’t even mention ballroom dance. This year, I’ve joined the International Ballroom Dance Club, which teaches cadets dances such as the tango, the waltz, the foxtrot, the salsa and other dance styles. Having been a devoted blues dancer for some time, I’m absolutely enjoying it.


Oh, I didn’t even mention my acting career, which has begun (and will probably end) here at USCGA. I’m playing Martha Gillette in “The Game’s Afoot”. It took me almost three weeks to figure out my voice for the play, and the lines themselves are coming along. Sorta. Kinda. Okay, fine I’m still reading them out of the script but at least I have the right voice in which to read them. If you are going to be in the neighborhood of New London on Friday October 24 or Saturday October 25, swing on by and watch me work the stage with my coasties. We’d love to have a full house.


Regardless, I love what I’m doing for extracurriculars, and though the military and academic change is slow going, with the happiness everything else I’m doing gives me, I’m sure I will catch up, and catch up soon.


Thank you for your time and consideration, Very Respectfully,
2/c Brenna Leech, USAFA Exchange Cadet
USCGA Foxtrot Company


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