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  • Outstanding Memories - Engelhardt August 2013
    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 Outstanding Memories The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Wow It s hard to believe that my 3 c summer training has come to a close and I am preparing for my second year at the Academy Where did the time go In all seriousness I can say that the experiences I had this summer have made me a both a better person and cadet After this summer I feel much more confident in the skills I have mastered and my abilities as a future Coast Guard officer After leaving Coast Guard Station Annapolis in mid June I reported aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle the Coast Guard s training vessel During my six weeks aboard I had the opportunity to travel to some unique and exciting ports of call including St Petersburg and Mayport Florida Bermuda St Pierre France Halifax Nova Scotia and Boston The time spent aboard Eagle was just as exciting as the port calls While aboard I completed my Helm Lookout and Sounding and Security qualifications finished my basic Damage Control personnel qualifications and started my Oiler and Quartermaster of the Watch qualifications I also learned a lot of nautical information including the nautical Rules of the Road which gave me

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5159 (2016-02-15)
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  • Third Class Summer - Engelhardt June 2013
    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 Third Class Summer The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Just yesterday it seemed like I was leaving the Academy to embark on my 3 c summer It s hard to believe how a couple short weeks can change someone s perspective on the Coast Guard After being cooped up at the Academy for the better part of 10 months it was great to get out into the operational Coast Guard The summer started for me with my reporting to Coast Guard Small Boat Station Annapolis Maryland At first it was tough adjusting to working with the enlisted personnel at the station but before long I was learning so much from the station s members about both the operational Coast Guard and their personal experiences as enlisted members of the Coast Guard The first week at the station I spent focusing on becoming Communications Watch Stander qualified which involved me sitting in the station s Comms Center and learning how to respond to mariners distressed at sea as well as how the station ran operationally The information was defiantly interesting and useful but I was happy to be qualified within a week of reporting in so that I was able to get underway more at the station I had several unique experiences while underway including patrolling the Severn River as part of the protection detail for the President during his Commencement Speech at the U S Naval Academy I also got to participate in

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4956 (2016-02-15)
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  • A Lacrosse Victory - Engelhardt April 2013
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    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4872 (2016-02-15)
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  • Engelhardt January 2013
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    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3938 (2016-02-15)
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  • Aviation Summer Assignment - Frost June 2015
    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 Aviation Summer Assignment Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts At the Academy they always say The days are long but the weeks are short This has become such a cliché phrase to me but I honestly don t know how to more accurately describe my time at the Academy thus far It s hard to believe I am half way through my 1 c summer which has been hands down the best experience I have had so far as a cadet I m sad knowing that today is my last day at Air Station New Orleans I m truly going to miss this place and all the people who have helped me these past several weeks When we got our summer assignments back in March I could hardly contain my joy at finding out I would spend five weeks at an air station completely embracing all Coast Guard aviation has to offer I have to admit I was a little worried about going to New Orleans by myself Who would I hang out with How could I go anywhere by myself in the city Would I be safe Despite my excitement I was nervous Looking back over the past weeks I couldn t have asked for a better wardroom to welcome me to NOLA I instantly felt welcomed when some of the pilots took me to Dat Dog the iconic hot dog shop the first night that I got there Throughout my five weeks I can only say positive things about all of the pilots who included

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65073 (2016-02-15)
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  • Winter Triathlon Training - Frost February 2015
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    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6652 (2016-02-15)
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  • Fifteen Things I Didn' t Expect to Learn at West Point - Frost September 2014
    lucky to get to experience After six weeks of being at West Point I ve finally settled into a schedule with classes and grown closer with the triathlon team Here are some things that I ve learned and experienced over the past several weeks At less than 5 000 cadets West Point would be considered a small college to anyone but it still seems ginormous to a Coastie And when everyone asks what the biggest difference between West Point and Coast Guard the answer is the size every time Thinking that because you are just one in a sea of 4 5 thousand no one will notice you is the biggest lie you could tell yourself because navy blue ODUs do not blend in at all with Army green ACUs You can be pinpointed from a mile away Submersing yourself in a new environment is more challenging than expected and it gives you a renewed understanding for what the 4 c are going through No one understands how you talk they don t understand your saltiness The deck becomes merely the floor p ways are hallways bulkheads are hallways and shipmates are battle buddies Everything has an acronym and it s impossible to keep track of them People will and do look at you like you have two heads for saying Bears And Go Bears to everything and it s impossible to explain what needs no explanation to any CGA cadet All 2 c cadets a called cows It s weird You salute without a cover on in the Army and in both gym gear and cadet casual a k a rec gear People will ask you what branch you are going into and they are blown away when you say your options are flight school deck watch officer engineering

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6168 (2016-02-15)
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  • Are You Sure This Is Spring? - Frost March 2014
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    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5801 (2016-02-15)
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