The first half of my 2/c summer has been beyond awesome. Supposedly the best stuff hasn’t even occurred yet, and as I sit here and pretend to care about my testing for Rules of the Road (the painful endeavor to pass a written test on ship navigation with a 90%) I look back on what has been an incredible experience so far.
It started, well, not quite like everyone else’s summer. Myself and thirty other guys headed down to Greenville, South Carolina to play in the Lacrosse National Tournament! We smoked Sam Houston State 19-8 in the first round, but lost to the eventual champions, St. Thomas, in the second. Despite the bittersweet feeling of losing our senior players and getting beaten pretty handily, we were proud to say we’ve gone further than the program ever has before, and we finally got our chance to go Division III! Starting in my 1/c year, CGA lacrosse will officially be a NCAA varsity sport here. I am beyond excited to be a part of the first class here to play NCAA lax.
I had to go come back to the Academy and arrived for the last day of 100th Week. We went to a place called Stone’s Ranch, which is a National Guard base nearby. We participated in three tough challenges that tested our strength, durability, and leadership skills. The experience was awesome, and by the end of that Friday afternoon, we were officially second class, civvies and all!
After that, the weeks have flown by. I did T-boats, which taught us shiphandling skills, range, where I qualified as a Marksman on the P229 Sig Sauer Pistol, and with a week at Sector Long Island Sound, doing vessel inspections and working the Command Center. I also had a week of leave, which was fantastic being back home and traveling up to Pennsylvania with the family.
Now, I finish this ROTR week, and then I’ll be rolling. Just prep week, cadre, coastal sail, and more leave time remain for me. I’m anxious to start as cadre, but I know my classmates and I are more than ready to take on the challenge. 2017…you better be ready, because we are.
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