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  • 9/11 - Culp September 2015
    2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs 9 11 The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts September of 2013 was the first time I laid eyes on Ground Zero The first major performance for the Academy s Glee Club was a memorial service at Sherwood Island in Connecticut just a day or two before 9 11 You could look across the water and see where the Twin Towers used to soar above the horizon before that terrible day 14 years ago This particular service honored the 161 Connecticut residents who perished that day Family members and government officials reflected on the impact of 9 11 and the names of the dead were read aloud It was one of my favorite performances of the year It was not a rambunctious party in Germany a dinner at a yacht club or the National Anthem at a spirited football game as fun as those might be the short lived emotional effect I feel after singing at those events pales drastically in comparison to the sensations in my heart after the choir performed for that ceremony 9 11 has become more and more important to me in recent years yet I can t place my finger on any singular reason why that is I think it s a conglomeration of the different realizations that have slowly penetrated my mindset since I reported to the Academy that there are enemies who want to see the United States crumble that too many families face a perpetual battle against the grief they feel from the loss of loved ones that protecting them from further harm is the least we can do as a nation that my own parents or brothers could be

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65196 (2016-02-15)
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  • An Absolutely Remarkable Summer - Culp August 2015
    activity Second class summer is particularly exciting as you do several different programs through the 11 week training term My two favorite programs were without a doubt being cadre for the swabs and going to the Cadet Aviation Training Program down in Mobile Alabama There is nothing more rewarding than spending three weeks with the people who are going to be your replacements once you promote out in the fleet teaching them the skills they need and giving every minute of your time to their development It s exhausting to tell the truth not a lot of sleep is involved and you re on your feet almost every second of the day But for me it was always worth it to see how my swabs grew together as a team The best times for me as cadre were the times I got to simply observe them working together to accomplish a task whether that was at the ropes course IC sports or a challenge in the barracks I loved seeing their team dynamic and getting glimpses of each swab s personality watching them start to gel as a team Teamwork is absolutely critical at this school there is no way you can make it through four years of intense academics and detailed training without your friends and classmates by your side I am so grateful to have been one of the first people to work with Golf Company s Class of 2019 and to be in the unique position of watching their growth from when the very first entered the Coast Guard I did three weeks straight as cadre with the swabs then I got to end my summer with a week of flight I travelled with seven other classmates down to the Coast Guard s Aviation Training Center in

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65160 (2016-02-15)
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  • USCGA Cadet Blogs
    on Sunday duty I haven t had much action come my way The only thing that happened was having someone stop in for a quick visit He was a Class of 2009 graduate who wanted to look at the Memorial Wall that is located on the quarterdeck This wall contains the names and images of Academy graduates who died in the line of duty along with a brief description of their service and whatever event called for their sacrifice When he returned I asked him if he had any special connection to someone on the wall Yes he told me One of his classmates from 2009 had died in the 2012 helicopter training crash in Mobile and his picture now hung on the wall On a rainy quiet New London day one of this man s classmates had taken a few minutes out of his undoubtedly busy trip through the area just to see his deceased classmate s picture From the minute we enter Swab Summer all of us cadets are told about something called the Long Blue Line It s a metaphor for the connection among every Coast Guardsman past present and future Honesty is revered here and if I am to follow that virtue I have to tell you I never really gave much thought to the concept of the Long Blue Line Yes it s pretty cool to remember that generations of inspiring and strong Coasties have come before me and that generations will follow but that was usually the extent of my reflection That visit from a past graduate made me better understand the Long Blue Line This man wasn t in the Coast Guard anymore and I couldn t tell you if he had even set foot on base since his commencement Yet he is

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65065 (2016-02-15)
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  • One is Silver and the Other’s Gold - Culp May 2015
    2011 cadet blogs One is Silver and the Other s Gold Permanent link All Posts For me coming home from the Academy for leave means coming home to an onslaught of family members old friends and dogs During my few weeks back in Nebraska I wound up seeing everyone from church members to high school friends to future cadets and their families shout out to all the Cornhuskers who apparently read my blog religiously by the way you re awesome Just like it s the people at the Academy who make that experience special it s these people on the home field that make leave something that I look forward to every year However it is very challenging to maintain any sort of long distance friendship I stayed close to about four high school friends after I started at the Academy Getting Facebook back 3 c year helped a little but still I wound up letting go of a lot of friendships As a cadet you just don t have the time when you have so much homework and military responsibilities varsity sports and of course all of the new and wonderful relationships demanding your attention I don t write this to make you apprehensive or to recommend that you ignore all of your high school friends please please please don t do that but to show you the hope behind the reality I don t get as much time as I d like to talk to my handful of closest high school friends during the academic semester thanks to the aforementioned demands and with jobs and classes and families back home my friends are engaged in difficult and time consuming balancing acts as well But with these girls even just the quickest text or carving out one hour for

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65060 (2016-02-15)
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  • Special Thanks to Our Sponsors! - Culp April 2015
    2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs Special Thanks to Our Sponsors Just for Fun The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Today I was walking to lunch when I spotted an officer in the distance I prepared to issue the proper formal greeting and salute then found myself doing a hilarious little half salute half overexcited wave thing as I exclaimed Hey Commander How s it going Why the sudden adjustment of military customs That particular commander happened to be one of the Academy s sponsor parents whose family I had visited several times So conflicting thoughts of officer salute now and Hey I know him resulted in a unique new gesture of acknowledgement Maybe I can get that into our military etiquette book During Swab Summer the incoming 4 c has the chance to fill out an application for a sponsor family You are asked questions about where you are from what activities you enjoy how you feel about pets etc Each cadet is then matched with a family and gets the chance to have dinner with them over the summer I cannot tell you how grateful I am for my own sponsor parents there are truly no two more gracious and caring people Plus hanging out with their menagerie of creatures makes for a very good time indeed It s wonderful to be able to go over to a regular home and spend the night watching movies eating delicious meals bringing friends over and doing homework somewhere that is NOT your Chase Hall room These families are always there to provide support as we navigate the rough channels of Academy life Sometimes I ll come off of a tough week at school frustrated and

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=64988 (2016-02-15)
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  • The Skier - Culp March 2015
    shuffled my way back up to the rope tow that would drag me to the top of the hill at the base of the beautiful Alps two words resounded in my head this stinks I had a pair of skis strapped to my feet for the first time during the Glee Club trip to Germany and could not for the life of me figure out why this sport is so popular here at the Academy I was getting increasingly frustrated as the lesson went on and I was unable to successfully stop or turn on my left leg yes only my left Then eventually everything began falling into place and while I was far from being accomplished I could at least make it down the hill without plowing over any children or the instructor in the process That s when it occurred to me going through the Academy follows the same pattern as my ski lesson that morning When you first sign up it s such an exciting opportunity You get your gear and make plans for when you ll report to the slopes eagerly awaiting your training Then you finally meet up with your instructor and suddenly all that confidence you had goes away Your skis feel awkward on your feet you are tired from dragging yourself up that silly hill over and over and you fall Constantly And sometimes you have to rely on someone to help you stand back up Even after you ve been taught the basics you continue to have issues with actually executing the skills and keeping up with the people around you You feel like you are falling farther and farther behind then things start to come together You start figuring out where you are going wrong and with patience you fix those

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=64955 (2016-02-15)
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  • For the Parents of Prospective Cadets - Culp January 2015
    traveled and address a different demographic with this entry Many of you readers have received or will be receiving appointments to the Academy and for that I congratulate you And I ask you now to call your parents over who may have mixed reactions to this occurrence in your life and ask them to give up a couple minutes of their time for this entry Why hello parents it s very nice to meet you Your child just got his or her appointment and from what I ve heard from my own classmates either you re thrilled or very worried Regardless of which category you belong to I have some advice for you I got it from watching my own parents and how they ve walked with me from day one of my Coast Guard career starting with when I originally considered applying You want the best for your child and so you might very well want to offer your insight into their college choices When you do this remember to consider whatever you believe will make your daughter or son happiest not just now but in the future Not just what you think is best but what you see as being best for them My parents both attended the Air Force Academy and I actually had appointments to both there and the Coast Guard I often get asked if they ever pushed me into accepting my USAFA appointment I am very fortunate to be able to say no This is because my parents knew a very important truth about attending a service academy to survive at one to thrive you must absolutely want to be there My parents knew me well enough to know that the Air Force was a great place and was their dream but not the

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6582 (2016-02-15)
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  • From California to New York… - Culp November 2014
    to New York Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Extracurricular Activities and Faith Based Involvement Just for Fun Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts I remember when I was applying to the Coast Guard Academy I had resigned myself to one false idea it s the U S Coast Guard so I m not going to get to travel much farther than the states Being someone with a huge travel bug I had been to six other countries by the time I enrolled you can imagine how discouraging that thought was Fortunately I dealt with my misconceptions reported in and had my preconceived notions blown completely out of the water Not only have I had the chance to go international with the Coast Guard I ve been to states I had never seen and taken day trips to cities that used to require weeks of planning Back in Nebraska going to New York City was an exotic vacation spot somewhere on that strange land they call the East Coast That being said I ve now been there seven times sometimes just for a day The other popular destination is Boston while I ve only been there once it seems like every other weekend there s a flock of cadets headed that way One can also check out Providence and Hartford for a pleasant day trip not as popular destinations however as they re still within the 75 mile zone in which underclass are prohibited from wearing civilian attire That s all just on weekends during the school year imagine where we go when we have more time Over the summer my classmates and I visited Canada and the Caribbean on the Tall Ship Eagle including another stop in New York City on my phase go figure and some of us

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6256 (2016-02-15)
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