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Summertime and the Livin’ is Hard

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2012) Permanent link   All Posts
 Steven Roth I hadn’t been to a “real” Coast Guard unit in my entire time as a cadet until this summer, my firstie summer. Eagle was great, don’t get me wrong, but they simply don’t do many of the main missions of the Coast Guard such as Law Enforcement and Alien Migrant Interdiction Operations (AMIO). For my summer, I spent 12 weeks onboard USCGC Confidence, a 210 foot medium endurance cutter based in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

It was hard work, I won’t lie to you. I scrubbed boats and dishes, swabbed (mopped) decks (floors) in addition to trying to qualify in certain positions on the bridge and interact with the wardroom. For all that though, it was completely worth it to be involved with the real missions of the Coast Guard. Half way in to our patrol we had our largest AMIO case of the summer. We had a few small ones, but this is one I won’t soon forget. We interdicted a sail freighter around sunset with what looked like 20 or so people aboard. Turns out it was 90.

They had been out at sea for multiple days, and weren’t going to make it much longer. I spent the next four hours escorting them up to the flight deck to where they were going to stay. After having been up for 20 hours at that point, I got an hour of sleep before going on watch from midnight until four A.M. All this sounds absolutely miserable, but helping those 90 people, and seeing the looks on their faces, is something I will never forget, and a constant reminder of why I really joined the Coast Guard.

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