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  • Best Summer of My Cadet Career - Pourmonir August 2015
    Let me preface this entry with an explanation of what one s 2 c summer is like First you experience 100th Week That is an entire week devoted to training you for your upcoming duty of training the incoming class of cadets The rest of your summer might vary from your classmates a little in scheduling but it will be similar in that you will all be entering what will most likely be the most exciting summer of your life You spend a week shooting to qualify in pistol at the range a week taking the Rules of the Road class a week on training vessels practicing your new found knowledge a week at a Coast Guard air station and two weeks sailing up the coast Now with a better understanding of what my summer entailed let me bring your attention back to 100th Week They brought in the Cape May Company Commanders to instruct us 2 c cadets on how best to train develop and prepare the incoming swabs to become cadets at the Coast Guard Academy These company commanders spend every day training the men and women who enlist in the Coast Guard The trainees that leave Cape May go on to become rescue swimmers saving lives of those lost at sea or assume the another duty required to be filled in the enlisted workforce The company commanders spent the week yelling at us for our discrepancies making us sweat until we dropped and ensuring we understood the real purpose of training incoming members of the military They showed us how vital our role was in the success of the swabs They taught us that Swab Summer is not about yelling and push ups but about creating individuals that will stand by us after graduation and defend the constitution with honor respect and a devotion to their duties This lesson will get me through the rest of my time in the Coast Guard and well beyond It was just the beginning of definitely the best summer of my cadet career July My cadre experience training the Class of 2019 was one of the hardest and most rewarding things I have ever been through The training environment was stressful and demanding but the outcome was worthwhile Day to day as a class we were responsible for teaching the swabs how to thrive in a military environment From day one their hair was cut and their uniforms were issued and from an outsider s perspective they might have seemed like trained military members The true task at hand was to make them understand the importance of our core values It was to connect them with the spirit of our mission to challenge them to make their bodies sounder their hearts stouter and their minds more alert We were expected to teach them initiative and leadership skills by meeting adversity head on and providing them with a valuable experience in their development as future leaders They had to prove that they

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65127 (2016-02-15)
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  • Remarkable Transformation - Pourmonir August 2014
    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 Remarkable Transformation The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts I would like to start by saying that the weirdest part of this year is definitely being called ma am It is believed that the word ma am was first used in 1668 In today s society the definition of the word ma am is a word used to politely reference a queen a woman that you do not know or one that ranks above you in the military or police So my first thought is that I am not royalty so this word ma am should not apply Then when the fourth class continued to greet me as ma am my next thought is that they know my name so clearly this common courtesy should not apply either That leaves me with only one option They must be greeting me for the position I hold My thoughts entering this year were that I no longer had to complete the menial tasks of a fourth class cadet but that my ranking among the corps of cadets had not really shifted This fallacy was quickly proven false as I entered the year as Ms Pourmonir This sign of respect is used throughout every branch of the military It still baffled me that one year could change so much Not only did I become a third class cadet but I now have responsibility Not the fourth class kind that requires taking

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6127 (2016-02-15)
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  • Are You a Sailor? - Pourmonir July 2014
    for Fun Overcoming Challenges The Cadet Experience Life as a 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 Are You a Sailor The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Are you a sailor No Me either It is completely okay though because soon you will be I don t know if that sounds exciting to you but if it doesn t it definitely should You are missing out on some of the funniest and craziest times you could ever have This summer I had the opportunity to sail up the entire East Coast on the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle Never heard of it Here it is It s beautiful I have some pictures if you want to check them out I got to climb all the way to the royals Those are the highest sails on the entire ship While over a hundred feet above the deck of the ship I got to spend time with my shipmates in an environment most people couldn t even imagine We sailed all the way up to Sydney Nova Scotia and then to St John s

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6083 (2016-02-15)
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  • A Rewarding Summer - Pourmonir June 2014
    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 Rewarding Summer Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts So summer break is awesome I love going to the beach and spending nights out on the town with my friends You must be thinking that you can t wait to go to college so that you can spend your summers just as I like to but you must be wondering if that s even possible I mean going to the Coast Guard Academy means you don t really have a summer break right No I thought so too from everything I had heard but it s possible This summer I was stationed at Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale in Fort Lauderdale Florida During your third class summer you either go to a small boat station like I did or a cutter I got the chance to do both On the 11th of May I reported to the station I reported late because I had a race for Men s Varsity Crew I was scared it would be hard to get to know everyone since I came the day after the other three cadets I was stationed with but I was way off Everyone was so friendly I learned a ton I helped to interdict 51 migrants in only four days I spent a total of seven days on the Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark a fast response cutter out of Miami Florida In less than a week I was allowed to stand duty

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6057 (2016-02-15)
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  • From Boards to Summer Assignments - Pourmonir April 2014
    the Coast Guard Academy Extracurricular Activities and Faith Based Involvement Just for Fun Overcoming Challenges The Cadet Experience Life as a 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 From Boards to Summer Assignments The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Carry on No not yet We are still waiting which is excruciatingly painful by the way All of 2017 has passed boards now Which is not as hard as everyone makes it seem I studied the week before and took it pretty seriously and passed with an 8 out of 10 on my first shot It s possible I mean it is a lot of questions and a lot of history but if you take it every chance you have you will pass Passing is the best feeling too I gained the privelege of writing on my whiteboard and listening to music out loud which is something you begin to appreciate when you realize how much easier life is We got wardroom carry on so we can look at our food now The best thing though is that we found out our

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5909 (2016-02-15)
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  • Serving Our Country - Pourmonir March 2014
    Excited About My Research Projects Academics Athletics Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Extracurricular Activities and Faith Based Involvement Just for Fun Overcoming Challenges The Cadet Experience Life as a 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 Serving Our Country Choosing the Coast Guard Academy The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Liberty Liberty Liberty The call you will hear on Eagle when liberty is being granted Liberty is one of the coolest things because it means you are about to step foot into a city you never have before and the first step you take off of the Eagle is the one that redefines you As such I am no longer going out as Keemiya Pourmonir I am going out as a member of the United States Coast Guard The weirdest experience is when someone calls me ma am or thanks me for my service to our country My reaction What service I have t done anything yet But quickly I realized that choosing to serve is a service in itself I still feel humbled at the mention of thanks and gratitude

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5872 (2016-02-15)
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  • Spirit Missions - Pourmonir 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 Spirit Missions Just for Fun The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts What is a spirit mission I thought you would never ask A spirit mission is an attempt by fourth class cadets to increase the overall spirit or morale of the Corps of Cadets by an action which will be found humorous frustrating or just plain mean Yes basically an excuse to prank the upper class This very highly esteemed mission is only given to the most trusted rank of the corps us fourth class Once you finish your fourth class year you no longer have an excuse to carry out spirit missions This being said as someone who played a major role in every spirit mission carried out in Alfa Company thus far I thought I would share some of my experience Caution None of the following have been done by trained professionals and they are not recommended to be attempted at home Alfa Company started off simple putting saran wrap on cups at lunch and doors at night It rapidly escalated Before the end of the semester we had filled the hallway with boxes blocking the doors of our company commander and executive officer stole the Air Force exchange cadet s uniform and replaced it with a bright orange pair of foul weather gear and left all of our phones in our Guidon s room with alarms set in the

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5831 (2016-02-15)
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  • The Best Decision Ever - Pourmonir 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 Best Decision Ever Athletics Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts So when you come to the Academy everyone warns you about the life of a fourth class cadet or a freshman You aren t allowed to look at your food you can t look around when you walk and you have to march to class in sections While all of that is pretty good to know about I wonder why I was never really warned about the people This crazy place sounded a lot more like a prison than a college No one told me how devoted the teachers are to their students No one warned me of how the upperclassmen put so much work into helping you develop into a better cadet and someday a better officer No one told me about how your class becomes unified as one This may not be the easiest decision but it is definitely the best one I have ever made I have learned so much since I reported in My faith in God grew stronger my faith in my classmates grew deeper and my faith in myself became impenetrable Classes are in no way easy but they are always manageable which for me is the key to success You have to prioritize and manage every aspect of your life very closely I have a few free periods during the day which I try to use to do my homework Classes end at four o clock and then I have crew practice until six

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5491 (2016-02-15)
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