Hey all! My name is Michaela Hepler but most everyone just calls me Mikki. In my family, I have three older brothers, my mom and dad, and the cutest dog in the world. Being a military brat I don’t call one particular place home, but for now it is wherever my parents live. Currently that would be Great Falls, Montana, a beautiful town along the Missouri river just a few times larger than the Coast Guard Academy! I am an Operations Research and Computer Analysis major and a competitor for the CGA triathlon club and a coxswain for the men’s crew team.
Coming to the Academy was by far the biggest decision I have ever made but I am so happy I did! In high school, I thought I would go to medical school and join the military as a doctor or possibly skip med school altogether and pursue ROTC. It was not long into my career search that I realized something was missing from many of the career paths I was looking at. That’s when I found the Coast Guard. In the Coast Guard, I saw a career where my top priority would be helping people and giving back to the country that has given so much to me, while also working all around the world and breathing in salt air on a daily basis in a job that would keep me on my toes. Needless to say, I was sold rather quickly and the Academy appeared to be the best avenue to gain a commission. So, here I am, learning, sweating, laughing, and working my way through the Academy’s 200 week program!