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  • Update Since August - Belanger October 2013
    May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs Update Since August The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Hello everyone My last blog was from August so time to catch up After I left summer school I returned back to the amazing city of Jacksonville Florida to enjoy my summer leave Being the over ambitious cadet that I was in May I had asked the Cadet Training Department to have the opportunity to work at Station Mayport near my house So the Monday after I got home I reported at bright and early at 0700 in my operational uniform to get to work The first few days were a little slow and awkward but then I was introduced to the Reserves Detachment located at the station and my training began hard The third day I was at the station I had the opportunity to drive the 25 foot patrol boat and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life After growing up by the St Johns River and going fishing and boating on it the rush of being on a Coast Guard small boat brought back many memories of my childhood I had always remembered looking at the Station Mayport and thinking of how amazing it would be to work for the Coast Guard Finally part one of my dreams came true I also had the horrible opportunity to get pepper sprayed Let me just say it was the worst hour of my life I ll let all of the YouTube videos out there show you pretty much what my experience was While there I did not work all the time as it may seem and I did enjoy quality time with my parents and friends I cannot wait to

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5505 (2016-02-15)
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  • Good Luck 2017! - Belanger June 2013
    2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs Good Luck 2017 Choosing the Coast Guard Academy The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts While walking around of Chase Hall I have noticed the cadre putting up the incoming Swabs name tags and gear in to the rooms and then I realized what big event in my life happened just earlier this week June 25th marked my one year of being at the Coast Guard Academy which inspired me to just give some quick hints for the incoming class First and foremost remember you chose to come to a military academy It will not be a normal college orientation You WILL be pushed farther than the edge but remember it is all training This will set you up for the rest of your time at the Academy The end goal is worth the challenge and it s only seven weeks it goes faster than you think Second remember the cadre has been in your shoes They have had training on what to look out for They know what they are doing They will yell they will scream but it all has a reason DO NOT TAKE IT PERSONALLY I know a lot of the members of your cadre and they are all upstanding cadets Just take everything in stride learn from your mistakes and be ready to fulfill your role as the bottom of the corps You will learn this during the summer but the corps feeds off of the Fourth Class When you all are doing well the corps is at peace when you begin to slack off and have problems just remember the rock rolls down the hill Third you are all the best of the best

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5004 (2016-02-15)
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  • The Summer Has Just Started! - Belanger June 2013
    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 Summer Has Just Started Choosing the Coast Guard Academy The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Well our summer has just reached its mid point So far this summer I have sailed from New London all the way to St Maarten Aruba Gitmo and then finally St Pete in Florida To say the very least it was beyond amazing From seeing dolphins sea turtles whales glowing algae to enjoying the nights out in port I have done far more than I would have been able to do going to a normal institution One of the high points on Eagle that I got to experience was working for two weeks night baking with the Food Specialists The job of the night baker is not only to make all of the bread for the next day one night amounting to over 40 lbs of bread but cooking mid rations known as mid rats for the 0000 0400 watch sections FS3 Christopher Stockton took me under his wing and taught me as much as he could those two weeks Although it required me to stay up later and work a little longer than my classmates my only regret is not doing it sooner After departing Eagle I am taking on a

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4984 (2016-02-15)
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  • Sponsor Family Living - Belanger April 2013
    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 Sponsor Family Living Extracurricular Activities and Faith Based Involvement The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts A lot of people have been emailing me asking what cadets do on the weekends Besides catching up on homework sleeping movies at the Waterford 9 and Walmart most of the cadets are involved with the sponsor family program For those who have never heard of the program families in the surrounding New London area including active duty officers and civilians adopt cadets and become our home away from home I know I speak for the majority of the corps when I say that for us cadets that now live far away from home we more than appreciate these families for taking us in My current sponsor family happens to be two instructors here at the Academy They try to help out as much as possible Whether it be a ride to the airport for leave spending the night to escape the walls of the Academy or even a simple breakfast after church on Sunday they are more than happy to accommodate my needs Currently I am

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4892 (2016-02-15)
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  • Belanger March 2013
    2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs The Late Night Woes Academics Overcoming Challenges Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Its dark taps just went off I have signed in for the night its 10 p m and I am ready for bed Sadly it is only the start of my night A lot of my friends at a normal school talk to me about the nights that they go to bed at 9 o clock if they aren t feeling too well They were able to finish their homework during the evening and throughout their day Here at the Academy it is definitely not that easy After a long day of class finishing around 4 p m we then go to our respective sports practice Luckily for me I do not necessarily have to go to sports I do inter company sports which counts as my sports credit I do tend to workout during this time frame After running back to the barracks I take my shower and get dressed to go to dinner Having a pretty decent meal I return to my room to see what I have to accomplish for the rest of the night It s now about 7 30 and I begin to start my list Chemistry online homework due tomorrow night Calculus homework due tomorrow morning Statics of Engineering and Design homework due tomorrow afternoon with an exam the next Thursday reading 58 pages and taking notes for Leaders in American History and writing a paper and doing research that is due this upcoming Friday Oh yeah on top of that I have to go to a corps wide lecture tomorrow night there is a Personnel Inspection on Wednesday morning and a formal room and wing this Saturday A formal room and wing

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4817 (2016-02-15)
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  • Belanger February 2013
    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 Florida Boy s First Winter Just for Fun The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Growing up in northern Florida did not prepare me at all for what I am currently experiencing here in the North Before I came here a low of 60 degrees would cause me to wear a winter jacket with jeans and the heat turned up all the way in my car Well in early November I discovered a new definition of cold The first morning I woke up and looked at the thermometer on my desk and saw that outside the temperature was 30 degrees my heart sunk Formation was held indoors for a change and I felt like that day would be no different than any other day However on the way to my first class I immediately knew I was out of my element Because we have to follow the Plan of the Day I was not ready for the short walks to class I was freezing Those that I made fun of during the summer for complaining about 85 degree weather with a little humidity got to get their laughs in Two weekends ago the northern United States was hit with the first blizzard of the winter Well let s just say that I did not know what was happening

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4002 (2016-02-15)
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  • Belanger December 2012
    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 All Service Academy Ball Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Well it has been two weeks since I have been home from the Academy for my first Christmas break and I can t believe I am ready to go back to school I love being home and seeing my friends and family but I am ready to get this next semester over and done with Since I have been home I was invited to the All Service Academy Ball located at the World Golf Village in St Augustine about 30 minutes from my house It was definitely an awesome experience Being able to meet cadets at the other service academies was amazing and kind of creepy hearing how similar yet so different everything is After walking in my family and I were swept away into the photo room to get our group photo taken then we were able to mingle with the other families there It was nice running into the other CGA cadets It made me feel like I was at home Yes I say the Academy is home now I have reached that stage The other 4 c had the same feeling being home that I did We have drifted from a lot of our friends and we just want to get back to our life

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3714 (2016-02-15)
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  • Belanger December 2012
    on the River 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 Life of a Cadet Home for Break Just for Fun Permanent link All Posts So it the night before Christmas and all through my house everyone is making noise even my dog with his toy mouse It has been exactly 12 days since I have been home and I cannot believe how much I have not done yet So far I was able to go and visit my old JROTC unit and try to inspire them to look into the academies Then I got to catch up with my old paintball friends Let me say that it seems like nothing has changed since I have left I am actually almost surprised with everyone The academy has given me so many opportunities to do so many different things From the different races I have run in the Tough Mudder and the trip to New York for the

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3715 (2016-02-15)
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