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Unbelievable Summer

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2020) Permanent link   All Posts
Jacqueline Jones

So, y'all won't believe the summer I’ve had; I am beyond blessed. I started my summer off with four weeks of leave, where I got to visit my best friend, take dance classes in D.C., buy my first car, and treat my mom and sister to Muse Paintbar at the National Harbor.

During one of my weeks of leave, I volunteered with Coast Guard Station Annapolis, where we did a security zone for the Naval Academy graduation and got a front row seat to view the Blue Angels. After leave, I reported to CGC NORTHLAND in Virginia, but unfortunately there was an engineering casualty the first day we got underway. I spent a week in Virginia as the cutter prepared for Dry Dock. The Executive Officer reached out to other cutters for me to go on.

The next week, I flew out to CGC MIDGETT in Pensacola, Florida. It was coming out of the shipyard to be commissioned. On its maiden voyage, we visited Pensacola, Key West, Charleston, Norfolk, Panama, Colombia, and Mexico before pulling into its home port of Hawaii. The trip was filled with drug busts and search and rescue missions. Rather than heading straight back to school, I spent an extra week in Hawaii to stay for the dual-commissioning of CGC MIDGETT and CGC KIMBALL and became a plank-owner for the new cutter.