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  • Good-Bye to a Beautiful Woman - Culp October 2014
    June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs Good Bye to a Beautiful Woman Extracurricular Activities and Faith Based Involvement Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts I might have mentioned before that whenever I m asked what the best part about the Academy is my response is automatically the people here What I want to impress upon all my blog readers however is that by people I don t just mean cadets or active duty Coast Guardsmen I ve certainly been touched by and learned much from those people but there are also people who don t work inside the Academy or live in the barracks who have changed my life As we speak one of the Officer s Christian Fellowship field leaders Betsy Teuton lays in Yale Hospital waiting for the Lord to call her to His Kingdom Never have I met such a wonderful woman such a good hearted person She always had love to spare for her cadets and for anybody who walked in and out of her life Betsy has been fighting cancer for the past few years with a strength and faith I ve never seen in anyone else She s an inspiration that s for sure If she can face that battle with the courage she has I know any cadet can get through the

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6235 (2016-02-15)
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  • The Major Leagues - Culp September 2014
    of 2014 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs The Major Leagues Academics Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts My oh my The school year s ramped up so quickly that I missed a month Well y all can t get rid of me quite that easily so here I am Part of the reason I ve been so busy is thanks to the return of that beautiful creature with which all Academy students are way too familiar schoolwork But it s a lot more entertaining for me this year As a third class cadets finally start taking classes that are specific to their major For me as a Marine and Environmental Sciences major those classes include meteorology marine biology and differential equations Third class wind up with very heavy schedules because of that but what else is new It s worth it to experience lab periods where we go out on a boat to collect plankton samples or spend class time going through weather briefs I love being a part of my major and in talking to my classmates in other programs I know they are also having a good time It s nice to finally start studying those topics for which I

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6135 (2016-02-15)
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  • Summer, Take 2 - Culp July 2014
    March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs Summer Take 2 The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts As you might recall in the last entry of the epic chronicle that is my cadet blog I was sitting in a Seattle Starbucks discussing my time on the USCGC Midgett Right now I m sitting in another food venue seems to be a trend here but this time it s the mess deck of the Barque Eagle the Coast Guard tall ship and Academy s training vessel And I might add the only active duty tall ship in the U S military Maybe the World Cup final will start playing on the mess deck TV but to be quite honest my faith in the ability to find satellite signal out in the Atlantic Ocean is weak Third class summer is broken into two parts I along with my classmates onboard Eagle right now all started off at a cutter small boat station or playing late season sports Thus we re currently fulfilling the second half of our training on Eagle These weeks are all about learning the traditional skills of sailing and navigation We have bridge and engineering qualifications similar to those at our first units but in addition we now have celestial navigation damage control and deck seamanship activities in which to participate as well We have used sextants and stars to plot position climbed the rigging and hauled lines to set sails qualified helm and lookout studied for the damage control exam and learned the engineering watch stander round So in essence we get to act out Pirates of the Caribbean for

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6041 (2016-02-15)
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  • Now, For Our Future Presentation… - Culp June 2014
    Coast Guard Academy Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts What better place to be eating breakfast right now than a Starbucks in Seattle Washington This summer I ve been assigned to the USCGC Midgett a 378 foot cutter based in Seattle and responsible for patrols from the equator and northward What an awesome experience it s been If you re a prospective student you ve heard this too many times but summer assignments are definitely one of the highlights of being a cadet I along with two other 3 c huzzah we got promoted and two 1 c picked up Midgett in Dutch Harbor Alaska We then patrolled in northern waters including a port call in Kodiak and then sailed back down here to Washington I ve never been to any of those places before which has made for a great time of discovery There is so much to see in Seattle and Alaska has one of the loveliest natural environments I ve encountered As someone with a definite travel bug it s been so neat to visit these places But really the most important part of this assignment to the Midgett has been meeting the crew and learning everything about the boat So much goes on a cutter this size boarding ops navigation and a personal favorite of mine flight ops And even off the boat we ve been able to see various facets of the Coast Guard we visited Air Station Kodiak and this coming week will be checking out sector Seattle We ve been running around on board getting qualified in helm and lookout staring at stars for celestial navigation and looking at the engineering departments the energy never stops I truly had a wonderful time underway with Midgett This summer has also had an undeniable

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6002 (2016-02-15)
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  • Memorization? Not Just for Indoc Anymore! - Culp April 2014
    2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs Memorization Not Just for Indoc Anymore Just for Fun The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts The Coast Guard Academy while being a STEM school also has a highly engaged and active Humanities Department 4 c year cadets are required to take an English class each semester This semester I m in Honors Writing about Literature in which cadets spend time composing memorizing and reciting a poem in front of the class The prompt this year was to write about a significant moment in our lives or a situation that took our emotions to different ends of the spectrum and model that poem after one studied in class or on our own In my poem based on Mother to Son by Langston Hughes I reflected on the influence of my dad specifically his three month deployment to Qatar with the Air Force on my own military career Usually writing and reciting is all for the assignment for myself and a few others though that recitation goes further into a full fledged competition We participated in a 4 c Poetry Slam performing our pieces for our classmates and Academy faculty Poems compete in two categories Best Performance and Best Poem with a winner and an honorable mention for each Some poems were very personal and poignant perhaps relating the sickness or pain of a loved one a couple went for a more humorous touch for example one that satirically demonstrated an

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5870 (2016-02-15)
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  • Piece Out! - Culp March 2014
    September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs Piece Out Just for Fun The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Drill down attention The first class cadet in charge calls out to 16 contestants They snap their heels together and stare straight ahead unflinching Pieces rifles wait at their sides steady against the knees Let the games begin Drill Down is a competition for 4 c cadets testing our dexterity with our pieces indoc knowledge and military bearing Typically there are two cadet participants from each of the eight companies per competition and every 4 c in the corps is supposed to compete at least once The contest is split into three rounds The first round and most unique consists of a second class cadet standing in front of you and spinning your piece You hand it off to him and while keeping your eyes in the boat staring only straight ahead you are to identify when the piece is in the position in which you handed it to the second class During this round the second class is asking you indoc questions You are to answer ONLY a certain kind of question any others including Are you sure about that you must reply to with Not a part of my required indoc Mistakes are counted as majors and minors a major is equal to six minors The second and third rounds test facing movements The second round is an analysis of the ending position after you have completed a movement such as an About Face Right or Left Face Present

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5791 (2016-02-15)
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  • The Music in My Head - Culp February 2014
    June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs The Music in My Head Just for Fun Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Recently the fourth class began taking boards We are expected to learn and memorize certain indoctrination information then go into an oral exam in which we are asked ten questions Successfully passing the board is the first step to getting back our privileges walking normally not having to keep our eyes in the boat etc But for my roommate and me one of the most exciting prospects of passing is music out loud Right now we can only listen to our music through headphones It s not too bad but it does make it easier if you can just hit play on the computer and jam out while folding laundry on your bed I m determining a playlist to blare through the wing area until someone tells me to be quiet Footloose by Kenny Loggins Because once we get full carry on we ll all be able to Cut loose and act like ourselves again I promise that was the only corny one on this list Carry On My Wayward Son by Kansas I challenge you to figure that one out Let It Go from Frozen No specific reason I just really like this song It makes for one great karaoke session Animal by Def Leppard Once we get all of our privileges Chase Hall will sound like a zoo for a few days because fourth class love to hear themselves talk in the passageways The Parting Glass by The Wailin Jennys After I pass boards I m going to reward myself by watching The Walking Dead all weekend Get Lucky by Daft Punk Over Swab Summer you re not going

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5750 (2016-02-15)
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  • Songs in the Windy City - Culp January 2014
    2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs Songs in the Windy City Extracurricular Activities and Faith Based Involvement Just for Fun Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts It s been a long weekend in the best of ways When these three day weekends come along such as MLK Jr Day recently the corps gets to leave base at our last military obligation LMO on Friday and not return until liberty expires on the day off Seeing as how most cadets especially fourth class usually don t get to stay overnight off base on weekends you can guess how exciting these weekends are But this one was particularly special for me I had the privilege of traveling out to Chicago Illinois with the Cadet Chorale I along with 14 other cadets and the choir director Doc Newton left on Friday at 0400 oye and arrived back in New London Monday evening We met and performed with a high school a cappella group on Friday evening very talented young men and women indeed The next day we had an engagement at Navy Pier right in the heart of downtown Chicago It was so much fun to perform for the families walking through the pier and to have the chance to see the city I must say the Adler Planetarium was very interesting Our weekend closed out on Sunday with a performance in the Tivoli Theater

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5730 (2016-02-15)
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