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  • Thankful for Little Shipmates - Kukich November 2013
    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 Thankful for Little Shipmates Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Overcoming Challenges Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Last night my roommate began packing her suitcase cleaning our room and feverishly talking to friends at home about plans over Thanksgiving break For her this five day break will be the first time home in 100 days and one of the few times a year she ll be with her parents Thanksgiving is one of the most anticipated breaks at the Academy because cadets go home to their families for me it is a brief trip to remember the family I came from and appreciate my Coast Guard family here To drive home from the Academy I have to take a left out of the main gate a left at the stoplight follow the Boston Post Road and take four more turns through my neighborhood The entire trip takes about seven minutes making me the closest 3 c cadet to our school At first I liked this the informality of going home seeing my cousins around town when on liberty But this year with the independence of being a third class I have realized that close proximity makes it more difficult to transition into my new

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5597 (2016-02-15)
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  • Only in the Boyshouse - Kukich October 2013
    October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs Only in the Boyshouse Athletics Overcoming Challenges Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts After a long right shoulder reconstruction in the spring and hearing the news that I would have yet another on my left shoulder this fall I made the decision to volunteer any help I could to the men s rowing team Why the men s team many asked with a new head coach Colin Regan and a shortage of coxswains the opportunity for me to improve myself as a rower could not be ignored After a conversation with the head coach I thought my intentions were clear my primary focus would be to assist the novice squad with their technical progress and fill in as a coxswain if necessary until the position was filled I made it a personal goal to befriend the varsity coxswain fellow blogger Peter Driscoll and ensure every practice I learned from his skill and if possible challenged his abilities Not able to row myself I still wanted to go fast a typical rower motto and I knew this could happen by pushing myself as hard as the guys of the Boyshouse every day At some point in the season Coach Regan decided I would take the varsity boat out on the water more or less to give the rowers exposure to different coxing This first practice on the water was just as awkward as the spring season had been a rower would stretch over spilling sweat on me or accidentally spew a string of sweat across my chest I somehow managed to survive and crash land the boat at the dock thinking it was the worst practice the men had ever had My coach looked over at me as I stumbled off the dock and said You know you can make a difference to this team And then later when I asked the men what they thought about the practice none of their critiques were about my performance Looking back this first integrated varsity practice was when they formally adopted me as one of the guys but it wasn t for months later that I would understand what an honor it was Every day we made boats faster and at some point my goals shifted from just the novice crew to the entire team even the four fastest men I wasn t aware of their subtle gestures inviting me to study in the library complimenting me as we took the boat out of the water and offering to carry the coxswains into the boats when there weren t docks at the race site By our first major race Head of the Housatonic I felt part of the team but didn t share the same pride in boat speed because I was no longer a rower For me to reach that moment it took the bow man of the four

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5555 (2016-02-15)
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  • Everyday Failure - Kukich September 2013
    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 Everyday Failure Athletics Overcoming Challenges Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Failure is not a climax of a cadet s career at the Academy it s an everyday experience I personally know that I have failed in almost every pillar of excellence the Academy has challenged me From Calculus to rowing to keeping up a shoe shine it is impossible to keep on top of everything and do it all well Recently I have been confronting my biggest failure yet what a surgeon has described as shoulders only repairable by surgery I had my dominant shoulder reconstructed in February followed by a painful six weeks wearing an immobilizer sling and then an additional five months in physical therapy rehabilitating Not only did this surgery temporarily take away my independence in simple tasks like tying shoes or putting my hair up but it forced me to learn to write left handed and doubled the time it took me to do anything Worst parts of the experience included taking the boards indoctrination exam five days after surgery attempting to square my meals in the wardroom without being able to talk or ask for help and literally being trapped inside a t shirt if my shoulder froze up in the middle of changing To say the least I was ecstatic to have almost all of my range of motion back and start building up my strength in August I took on the responsibility of class

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5305 (2016-02-15)
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  • Flying with Eagles as Coast Guard Alaska - Kukich July 2013
    when the irony hits watching Coast Guard Alaska on a cutter in Alaska is an incident you have to laugh about If you have ever watched an episode you probably noticed the most flashy rescues and law enforcements advertised many of the most exciting cases involve air stations While aboard the Cutter Maple in Alaska I had the opportunity to visit Air Station Sitka When I was dropped off at 7 30 a m I was briefed by a swimmer about emergency egress from the helicopter and then decked me out in gear for the flight A middle aged man walked us through the plan for our all day flight introducing himself and the co pilot by their first names I had experienced briefs before at the small boat station and on the buoy tender yet this one was distinctly different It was not until hearing one of the mechanics address the speaker as sir that I realized they were officers experienced and respected lieutenants at that We climbed into the helicopter under the typical Sitka gray skies and even with all of my questions the crew didn t falter in their routine An in flight communication system allowed me to listen to all communications between the pilots and the two mechanics in the back with me and allowed me to ask questions throughout the flight We flew from Sitka north through Angoon and Haines to Glacier Bay where we flew along the boundaries of the national park and landed on a wooden pad in the middle of the bay The pilots later discussed prone locations for mountainside rescues and the isolated villages that need medical evacuations About an hour after landing in Juno for lunch the mechanics walked me through the pre flight checks they did and we took

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5145 (2016-02-15)
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  • Learning Horizontal Running: Third Class Summer ‘Pitch Perfect’ Style - Kukich June 2013
    The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Summers at Academy as I am sure you could guess vary by year After fourth class year we have two phases of summer training and a leave period Due to shoulder surgery back in the winter I was not able to travel aboard the Eagle like the rest of my classmates so unfortunately I do not have any thrilling stories about the high seas I did however have the opportunity to go to Station New London for five weeks and Cutter Maple in Sitka Alaska for six A typical day at the station consisted of shadowing the watch stander typically junior enlisted personnel and then helping the deck force clean and maintain equipment When time allowed I worked with the Gunner s Mate and Maritime Law Enforcement Specialist on various weapons and pyro Time spent in the armory was by far my favorite part of being at the station and it broadened my perspective of opportunities in the Coast Guard Leaving Station New London I had a better idea of how real people used their passions and talents to accomplish a multitude of missions an application that couldn t be learned in a classroom setting at the Academy On June 15th I was medically cleared to go to CGC Maple a buoy tender in Sitka Alaska Prior to this summer I had never travelled west of Pennsylvania going to Sitka was one of the most wild and amazing experiences of my life While the cutter was in Charlie status under repair for the engines I was able to be a very active member of the in port crew I learned dozens of skills with the most prominent being basic damage control watch standing and skills to handling weapons But those

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5127 (2016-02-15)
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  • Roommates and Company - Kukich June 2013
    Action Returning to My Roots Rollin 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 Roommates and Company Just for Fun Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts After having six different roommates during Swab Summer I thought I was prepared to have just one during the school year Instead first semester I had two

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4970 (2016-02-15)
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  • Academy Drill: A Pass and Review - Kukich May 2013
    Blessings Administrative Action Returning to My Roots Rollin 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 Academy Drill A Pass and Review The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts This is a short video blog about Regimental Pass and Review ceremonies also known casually as drill While the corps is scheduled

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4964 (2016-02-15)
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  • Kukich April 2013 Video Blog 2
    Administrative Action Returning to My Roots Rollin 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 Time Machine for a Day Just for Fun The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts This second video blog is a brief collection of the events that occurred on the class of 2016 s one hundredth

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=4835 (2016-02-15)
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