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It Was the Summer of ‘18

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2021, Eagle) Permanent link   All Posts
Katherine Doty

This summer, I had the opportunity to experience many of the amazing things that the Coast Guard does on a daily basis. For the first five weeks of the summer training program I sailed on USCGC Eagle from New London, Connecticut to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Barbados; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and finally San Juan, Puerto Rico. Besides gaining valuable maritime knowledge by taking part in one of the most enriching traditions at the Coast Guard Academy, I was able to form genuine relationships with many of my classmates that I did not previously know. From late-night watch standing, to sail stations, to determining our latitude and longitude based on the relative position of the stars in the night sky, my classmates and I grew closer and began to truly form our identity as the Class of 2021!

The second part of my summer was spent at Station Port Canaveral in Florida. Another cadet and I were lucky enough to be assigned to Station Port Canaveral where we got to partake in the unique (and coolest, in my opinion) mission in the Coast Guard: rocket security. Along with search and rescue, law enforcement, and cruise ship and submarine escorts, we provided security for two SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches. We were able to tour the John F. Kennedy Space Center and interact with members of the Air Force and other commercial agencies, something that I had not previously been exposed to during my time at the Academy.

Summer 2018 was definitely a summer for the books. While it differs dramatically from what my counterparts at civilian colleges did during their summers, I don’t regret a single one of my experiences. This past summer energized me for an exciting year ahead, and I cannot wait to see what else 2018 has to offer!

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