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  • San Diego: Boats and Surfing - Dahill-Baue November 2014
    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 San Diego Boats and Surfing Just for Fun The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts As the days grow shorter and darker I have been reflecting a lot on the summer This past summer was one of the best summers of my life I started my summer by reporting to the U S Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle here in New London Connecticut Eagle was fun but hard work I loved climbing in the rigging and had a lot of fun at our port calls in Puerto Rico Aruba and Cozumel However the highlight of my summer was working at the Coast Guard Station in San Diego California for the second half of my summer I was stationed there with my friend 3 c Carlie Gilligan and we worked toward getting qualified as a member of the boat crew and our pepper spray qualification yes you get sprayed point blank with military grade pepper spray and then you have to fight someone off and gain control of the situation while your eyes are on fire The boat crew qualification was a lot of hard work encompassing everything from learning how to drive the boats to first aid However it wasn t all work all the time We

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6247 (2016-02-15)
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  • Top 10 Moments of Swab Summer - Dahill-Baue October 2013
    June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs Top 10 Moments of Swab Summer The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Mention the words Swab Summer to anyone here at the Academy and you will usually hear groans Swab Summer is the seven week indoctrination training that all incoming freshman must go through before they can officially call themselves cadets at the Academy It s basically just like all freshman orientations except you exercise all day get yelled at and don t even have time to think Even though cadets look back on their experience during Swab Summer like it was the worst part of their lives we all will secretly admit that there are a few fun moments or times that we got to do some pretty awesome things So without further ado the top 10 moments of Swab Summer 1 Inter Company Sports a few times a week companies all swabs are broken into eight companies will compete against each other in softball volleyball basketball or soccer This is a great time to relax a bit talk to your shipmates and maybe spot a cadre acting like a normal person My company Hotel was absolutely horrible at these games Our first softball game we lost 4 to 26 However at one of the last volleyball games we were able to win by just 2 points We were so excited we started screaming and jumping up and down and hugging each other like we had just won the Olympics 2 Creative Room Wreckage If a swab s room is not properly stowed meaning everything put in the exact place it is supposed to be bed made perfectly and all clothes crisply folded then the cadre will go in and wreak havoc in their room Sometimes they have some fun and get creative with it Once they moved around the mattresses in a room to make a fort Another time they made a little camp fire out of our flashlights and coat hangars a tent out of our green sea bags and sang camp songs with a guitar while roasting marshmallows on sticks As we walked by they chanted Yay Just another fun day at Camp Coast Guard What a lovely summer 3 Sunrise Every morning we would wake up at 5 30 to go do a morning workout The sun would still be below the horizon as we ran did push ups sit ups or completed ab circuits Although it was tiring it was always worth it when around 6 a m as we headed back from our workout the sun would rise over the hill and the beautiful orange light would hit the glassy water of the Thames Any sort of negativity that I may have felt at the moment would always be washed away by this beautiful sight 4 Shooting Range Before Swab Summer I had never shot a rifle before One day we got to go to

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5481 (2016-02-15)
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  • Academics and the Music Program at the Academy - Daniels March 2015
    of 2016 Class of 2015 Class 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 Academics and the Music Program at the Academy Academics Just for Fun Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Well spring break is upon us yet again and it seems almost unbelievable that we are almost halfway done with our cadet careers It feels like we just got done with our first week of classes 4 c year This semester is the first chance I ve had to focus almost entirely on engineering courses and it has been the most interesting time of my life Even though some would dread learning the ins and outs of fracture formation and propagation I ve enjoyed it more than I thought I would On top of the academic load I ve been able to get more involved with the music program at the Academy The Brass Quintet is preparing to play at some of the community dances in Leamy This opportunity is something that I am very excited about and is going to hopefully get the group out there more Possibly more exciting is an upcoming gig for the Jazz band We are playing at a Coast Guard Auxiliary awards ceremony with performer

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6742 (2016-02-15)
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  • Returning Home to the Academy - Daniels January 2015
    Junior Officer Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class 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 Returning Home to the Academy Just for Fun Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts For some reason this year as I find myself returning to the monochromatic Chase Hall there is no longer the sense of dread there was previously I almost looked forward to returning and being with my friends and getting back into the routine of the Academy By no means was winter leave unwelcome a respite was both needed and gladly accepted but there is something about a routine that helps me be much more productive than my lazy self on leave For the first time at the Academy I earned a place on the athletic directors list To do this I had to score well enough on the fitness exam which while never being a concern of mine has never been one of my strengths either It was one of the prouder moments in my cadet career so far I found myself finally able to see a concrete result of the work I had been doing This upcoming semester I m also starting

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6494 (2016-02-15)
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  • A Month In - Daniels September 2014
    of 2015 Class 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 A Month In Overcoming Challenges The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Here we are already over a month into the school year looking at being halfway done with many of our books Looking at the semester so far there s one leadership trait I know I m lacking especially in those early mornings Being an approachable 3rd class cadet is one of the most important things you can be The new 4th class need people to look to for answers and if you aren t able to be there then they lack that figure I m trying to make myself more approachable so that I can be of the most use starting with my outlook on the day Something that carried over from last year for me was the stigma that each day would drag on and on and there was not much to look forward to except sleeping the next night I ve changed that and realized that within every day there are opportunities to make it better enjoying the little things in each day and being cheerful when responding to the monotonous greetings inquiring about anyone s

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6166 (2016-02-15)
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  • Back to the Grind - Daniels August 2014
    of 2015 Class 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 Back to the Grind The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts It seems like this summer was a flash of freedom and a different lifestyle and then just like that BAM we re back to the routine we ve had for so long My class has already taken the fitness exam bought books and found new rooms amongst new companies and new people My summer experience was unsurpassed by anything I ve done so far I got to participate in two search and rescue cases and a fisheries enforcement case This participation in the real Coast Guard showed me what the missions were all about and how applicable everything we were learning about at the Academy is Eagle was an experience that I know none of my high school friends have or will ever have instead of working this summer I got the chance to sail around the Atlantic and learn all about old sailing ships and nautical traditions People often have trouble returning to the Academy after their leave because they go back to a normal lifestyle for a few weeks and to be completely honest I did briefly

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6062 (2016-02-15)
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  • Time Has Gotten Away From Me - Daniels March 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 Time Has Gotten Away From Me Academics Extracurricular Activities and Faith Based Involvement Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Hello All I find myself with only four weeks left in my first year here at the Academy and even though I am happy to be moving on it seems a little strange that the time has passed so quickly It seems like yesterday that I was experiencing Swab Summer running around and yelling answers at my cadre s questions For me the past few months have been very busy between the multitude of band events and concerts combined with classes and military obligations and time seems to have gotten away from me Last weekend the cadet jazz group made up of me and six other cadets and Bandmaster Ian Frenkel travelled to the Marriott in Mystic to perform for a Coast Guard Auxiliary function This was an awesome opportunity to meet some of the Auxiliary and talk to them about what they do We played for about 40 minutes preceding their awards ceremony and they were extremely appreciative of our time and it was a great experience for me If you come to the academy and find yourself wanting to get involved more I highly suggest the music programs They get you involved in both Academy and non Academy functions and you will make a great group of friends With so little time

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5840 (2016-02-15)
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  • Nothing Can Stop You - Daniels January 2014
    2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class 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 Nothing Can Stop You Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Overcoming Challenges Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Greetings again to all who may be reading this Winter leave has wrapped up and everyone except those unfortunate to be waiting for flights due to the weather has returned to the Academy I must admit that as much as I enjoy Academy life being home and able to see my family and friends for a couple of weeks was very nice The routine is beginning to sink in again even in the two days that I ve been back Our Boards a ten question verbal exam on everything from cutter dimensions to traditional phrases begin in about a month This is our class s opportunity to earn carry on which includes not bracing up everywhere we go and would make college life a little bit easier on all of us About three months ago I read a story about a boy who was diagnosed with the same blood condition that I was whose dream was to become a helicopter pilot in the Coast Guard After going

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