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  • Community Service Opportunities - Sandri December 2014
    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 Community Service Opportunities Extracurricular Activities and Faith Based Involvement Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Cadets are required to participate in at least six community service hours each semester There are many service opportunities and lots of people choose to go above and beyond the requirement I enjoy doing CS events because they are a great way to get off campus and interact in a normal way with the community surrounding the Academy During one of the first weeks of school a group of us volunteered to do odd jobs at a food festival in Mystic which is a small and charming town surrounding a seaport and is where the Mystic Flag Ceremony is held during Swab Summer The festival was a lot of fun and I got to talk to several of the civilian volunteers A couple months later I signed up to work at the Mystic Pirate Festival and some of the same volunteers were there They recognized that we were from the Coast Guard and it was nice to catch up with those community members I also happen to be in a community service oriented division this semester The entire corps of cadets is divided into eight companies which each contain three departments

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6257 (2016-02-15)
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  • Three Parts of Third Class Summer - Sandri October 2014
    double four hour watches damage control trainings working on required tasks such as star shooting and drawing the ship s firemain system learning the system of lines so we could help work the ship more efficiently and of course prepping for in port duty and liberty Captain Pulver the CO said he wanted to keep us busy and he definitely succeeded Here are a few things that made Eagle memorable My division Aboard the ship we attended trainings and stood watches with a group of other 3 c cadets all under the watch of a 1 c cadet Although a midnight watch in the engine room may not seem like fun we made it enjoyable by having discussions and playing lots of games I couldn t have survived the five weeks without them Sometimes the FS food service specialist on duty would make pumpkin cinnamon rolls for people who had the night watch This always made my night Spotting wildlife The Atlantic Ocean is teeming with flying fish and we would occasionally spot whales or dolphins It was so exciting to spot them while standing lookout or waiting during sail stations The water was colored such a brilliant electric blue around the Caribbean no wonder there s a paint color called Caribbean Blue Not to mention the clarity you could see directly to the bottom when we pulled into port Climbing up the masts to pull in or let down sails The view was incredible and this was a really special job we got to do The port calls were amazing We walked through a 500 year old fort in San Juan snorkeled in a natural pool in Aruba and danced with street musicians in the lively streets of Cozumel I got to know my classmates better There are some awesome people in my class who I hadn t really talked to before but when you re together on a 295 foot pirate boat you get to know each other pretty well Disconnecting When you re underway there s no cell service or WIFI access so we found other ways to entertain ourselves Sometimes it reminded me of grade school days in a good way Frequent time occupiers included the alphabet game Never Have I Ever and writing letters When we pulled into Miami we went our separate ways Three other cadets and I flew to Station Golden Gate in Sausalito California It was the busiest unit in the Coast Guard last year and is nestled next to its namesake bridge These are just a few things from my time in the fleet The enlisted crew at the station was the best that I could ask for They were able to more than competently get the job done while maintaining a relaxed atmosphere around the grounds This was especially important because of the high stress nature of cases around the San Francisco Bay area and it was neat to see how the crew members manage themselves with little officer interaction

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6230 (2016-02-15)
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  • Practicing Seamanship in the Caribbean - Sandri April 2014
    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 Practicing Seamanship in the Caribbean The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts It is almost the end of April and that means 3 c summer is just around the corner For our second Academy summer we spend half of the program about five weeks aboard the cutter Eagle and the other half at either a Coast Guard small boat station or cutter I am on Phase I of Eagle which means 2 3 of the Class of 2017 and I will be practicing seamanship in the Caribbean Later I will head to Station Golden Gate in Sausalito California During this portion of the summer the 3 c cadets act as enlisted service members eat in the chief s mess instead of the wardroom and help with basic tasks such as removing chipping paint Through serving with the enlisted crew we can experience the fleet from the point of view of those we will be leading in the future Everyone is feeling pretty excited I m going to miss my friends not on Phase I but Eagle will

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5978 (2016-02-15)
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  • Service to Country and Humanity - Sandri March 2014
    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 Service to Country and Humanity Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts It is almost the end of March and it feels like the end of the school year is just around the corner The 4 c now have full wardroom carry on so it s nice being able to go down to dinner and act like a normal person Everyone in the class has now passed boards so we are anticipating full carry on to hopefully arrive soon On another note congratulations to the prospective cadets who have received their appointments to the Academy and prep school At this time last year I was in the process of deciding which college to attend when my admissions officer said something that caught me by surprise He told me that the Coast Guard Academy is unlike other schools in that it will recruit but won t try to convince students to accept their appointments we have to want it for ourselves I had never heard a statement like this before as most colleges do everything they can to entice students to accept but it helped in putting my options into perspective The CGA is a special place because at its core is a pure and simple mission to educate and train leaders in

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5866 (2016-02-15)
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  • Second Semester Benefits - Sandri 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 Second Semester Benefits The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts The second semester started more than a month ago and these several weeks have been extremely busy Cadets often refer to January and February as the Dark Ages because the days are short and cold and we are coming back to the grind from spending time at home However the second semester has its benefits and I m acclimated to Academy life now so it s not as stressful One of these benefits is 4 c boards The highly anticipated somewhat dreaded boards packet came out right before winter break and our first boards exams began the first week of February The packet consists of 71 pages of indoc information we must know before getting into the fleet this summer It is a bit intimidating but we covered a lot of it during Swab Summer and have been taking indoc quizzes throughout the year I was lucky enough to pass during the first round of boards which took a lot of weight off my shoulders Once an individual passes they are allowed to listen to music out loud and use the whiteboard located outside their room to indicate where they are instead of writing a properly formatted notecard When the entire company passes we will get social media privileges and once the entire class passes we will be granted carry on Before boards could start the Class of 2017 had to complete an event called

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5775 (2016-02-15)
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  • Our Favorite Week So Far - Sandri December 2013
    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 Our Favorite Week So Far Just for Fun Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts The week before winter leave was finals week at CGA Finals are often thought of as a stressful time of year but for me and many other 4 c it was our favorite week so far During finals week the 1st Lieutenant the 1 c cadet in charge of guiding the 4 c granted us modified carry on in the wardroom This meant we were able to look at our food and not have to square it or brace up In addition closed door study hours ensued after lunch these are time periods during which cadets are allowed to close their doors and sleep or spend the time as they please Usually we must keep our doors open and stay awake during the workday which begins at morning formation and ends at 1600 Despite studying hard I had a

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5641 (2016-02-15)
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  • Columbus Day Weekend in NYC - Sandri October 2013
    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 Columbus Day Weekend in NYC Academics Just for Fun Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts This past Columbus Day weekend two friends and I decided to spend a day in New York City It was an impromptu trip we booked our tickets the night before packed up our civvies and headed into the Big Apple Ferris Bueller style with one bag between us and a day full of potential We walked around Times Square attended mass at St Patrick s Cathedral had dinner at Chipotle I mean what else do you go to New York for and ended up at Central Park It was a great mini vacation We were all aware of the conspicuousness of military members in public areas and the resulting importance of putting our best foot forward Around the New London area people are fairly used to seeing uniformed cadets roving downtown or at the local mall but in New York we stuck out like a sore thumb On the short walk from the train station to our hotel room we were stopped by several people who were curious as to what service we belonged to or who just wanted to offer a smile Everyone was extremely supportive and it was exciting to talk to them about the mission

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5551 (2016-02-15)
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  • Getting Involved - Sandri September 2013
    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 Getting Involved Academics Athletics Extracurricular Activities and Faith Based Involvement Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts We are about a month into the school year and I am enjoying being part of the corps This semester I m enrolled in honors English rowing coxing for the crew team and participating in Catholic FOCUS and other various activities so it s been a pretty busy few weeks Getting involved in lots of extracurricular and academic activities is not only a great way to challenge yourself but also allows for chances to experience events not available during the regular school day Whether it s taking a trip to see an author speak after practice attending a lunch excusal or traveling to Mystic for a regatta getting outside of Chase Hall even for just a little bit helps me to take a step back and see things in perspective It is also a great way to get to know people in other companies better outside

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5496 (2016-02-15)
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