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  • Kukich November 2012
    in the area since I was ten and recently have become more competitive as an individual in a single sculling alone and as a team member sweep rowing typically with three or seven other rowers Through high school I updated head coach Jen Meuse with my erg scores and race performances and this made for an easy transition to collegiate rowing Around the third week of Swab Summer sports periods started and swabs were able to meet with coaches and cadre of their sports interest for about 90 minutes While at first it was very awkward to be in a relaxed environment with the chief of staff a 1 c cadet my division officer cadre a 2 c cadet and other upper class I soon felt at ease conversing about a sport I knew very well The awkwardness continued to go away as the school year came along and by our first race in September I felt comfortable enough to train alongside any of my team mates I will admit that the initial shock of racing varsity was overwhelming my roommate Caroline was just learning to row and practiced with the rest of my friends who were on the novice team Usually the varsity girls would finish earlier and I would take my time changing and make the effort to walk back up to Chase Hall with my novice classmates I tried to share any knowledge from experience I had and made a conscious effort to be humble about my abilities knowing that within months my peers could match my skill level I was worried at first that racing in a double a two person shell with my partner 1 c Tahnee Zaccano in September would distance me from my classmates but instead the girls were enthusiastic and very supportive

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3682 (2016-02-15)
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  • Kukich October 2012
    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 Cutter Chase and Double Dutch Just for Fun Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts As cadets we collectively joke about living aboard Cutter Chase nicknaming our dorm building Chase Hall for a saltier Coast Guard scenario At first it sounds ridiculous to think of the floors as decks beds as racks and hallways as passageways but with time these references begin to make sense and our life on land seems just a little more seaworthy It is an undoubtedly a privilege to live in Chase however I don t think there is anyone who would voluntarily stay aboard for more than a day And unfortunately this is just what happened October 29th and 30th 2012 As rumors spread about the rest of the city of New London being evacuated in preparation for the hurricane cadets of the Academy were gearing up for a night in Chase Lectures were cancelled in the morning as professors found it impossible to drive through the Hurricane Sandy s chaos and by afternoon formation all courses had been cancelled for that Monday and the next day By 11 15 a m both my roommates and I had returned to our room and were uncontrollably excited Caroline and I made a quick trip down the Coast Guard Exchange thinking we had better grab necessary supplies beef jerky and salsa for her iced tea and espresso beans for me Then an indoor formation was held and the corps headed to the wardroom for lunch Surprise announcements during lunch from regimental staff gave my freshmen class the privilege to wear running suits

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3609 (2016-02-15)
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  • Kukich September 2012
    Permanent link All Posts I was never a fan of Twitter before coming to the Academy however once the school year began I was quickly converted That s not to say I actually use Twitter considering it is against the 4 c rules but I do use the idea of narrating my day to make light of the situation sometimes Starting the school year has been rocky for me trying to balance military commitments with academics and especially learning the required 4 c indoc material In order to memorize three meals in advance the days to go until graduation the upcoming sports games and the movies playing in theaters I ve tried a number of methods writing the information dozens of times putting the words to the tune of a song with my roommates or trying to race my classmates to see who can say it faster But sometimes even the most valiant efforts aren t enough and looking up at the clock ten minutes to go until afternoon formation I draw a complete blank The idea behind 4 c announcing times at clocks before formations is not only to practice their memorization for the fleet but to make sure all of the upper class are on time for obligations and so having nothing to say when others count on you is not a good feeling Usually two or three seconds after I realize I have nothing to say I resort to listening to my class mates up and down the hallways sometimes even from across the quad And this always works out fine until an upper class particularly one with great importance to the corps walks by Now keep in mind that my clock is just a few doors down from my company commander executive officer and the entire

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=3550 (2016-02-15)
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  • My Love of Aviation - Roesch July 2015
    November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs My Love of Aviation Choosing the Coast Guard Academy The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts So it has been forever since I ve written an entry but it has all been because I ve been so busy My 2 c year flew by and before I knew it I became a 1 c cadet Wow that is something I never expected to say at least so soon Life really turned around after 2 c summer and became exponentially better so much better that time is just racing right by Even now as I m writing this entry I only have one more week left of my 1 c summer training The next time I will be doing actual fleet things will be after I graduate and am an ensign now THAT is a scary thought This summer has by far been the greatest experience I ve had as a cadet I ve been at Air Station New Orleans for the past month and absolutely love life Last year during my 2 c summer in the Cadet Aviation Training Program CATP a one week intro into aviation I really fell in love with flying and it got me super motivated to become a pilot I remember thinking while I was there This would be really awesome to do for my 1 c summer Now having checked that box and experienced pilot life I can say wholeheartedly This would be really awesome to do for my entire career Needless to say I will be applying for flight school once the firsties start putting in their billet choices The possibility of being at an air

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65107 (2016-02-15)
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  • Can I Go To Flight School, Now? - Roesch October 2014
    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 Can I Go To Flight School Now Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Just for Fun Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Wow it s already October and I haven t wrote a blog since the summer This is unusual and I m totally sorry This semester is flying by in a whirlwind but I guess that s a good thing This semester I am the 2 c in the Parents Weekend Division which means a lot of preparation organizing and work I m also busy at work with the Aviation Club and now the dance team which I just joined this year So far fall of 2 c year is great and I m lovin it Reflecting on this past summer which was by far the best one yet at the Academy my favorite experience was the Cadet Aviation Training Program CATP I spent a week at Air Station Mobile in Mobile Alabama to get a good taste of what aviation is like I always knew before going that flying was something I wanted to do however after this week I was 100 assured of this I left Mobile with the greatest sense of fulfillment I felt like I really found my purpose in life I love the aviation community the missions of the various aircraft and most importantly I love the sheer act of flying I had the opportunity to actually fly a 65 a type of helicopter which was THE coolest thing I ve ever done I still feel slightly embarrassed

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6180 (2016-02-15)
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  • Here' s to the Classes of 2016 and 2018 - Roesch June 2014
    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 Here s to the Classes of 2016 and 2018 Choosing the Coast Guard Academy The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts Well I ve finally returned from a refreshing three weeks of leave at home It was great to spend time with my family and get some much needed sleep I spent a lot of time at the beach soaking up the sun hiking traveling and having no schedule But as always leave flies by and in the blink of an eye you re back in Chase Hall And of course I come back only to find out I m senior 2 c for Echo this week there is never a dull moment here However coming back from this break was easy I m returning to 2 c summer This summer has so many exciting aspects For one the class of 2016 finally has the civilian clothing privilege which is the BEST Each week brings a different exciting training all dedicated to making us better leaders and more prepared to be officers in the Coast Guard Most importantly we are cadre for the incoming swabs freshman This is something I ve looked forward to since my days back at prep school Words can t express how excited I am to train the Class of 2018 I know

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5994 (2016-02-15)
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  • Saving the Planet, One Can at a Time - Roesch May 2014
    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 Saving the Planet One Can at a Time Extracurricular Activities and Faith Based Involvement The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts As the semester comes to a close I realized I have not written an entry in a while I have been so busy with tying up loose ends in classes and getting ready for my summer I forgot to write about it One of the more exciting items on my to do list was going to Washington D C on Earth Day to receive an award on behalf of the Sustainability Club Pretty cool huh It was a blast and I felt pretty legit traveling to the nation s capitol on official orders The award was for winning a recycling competition Basically the CGA recycled the most aluminum cans per capita out of all the other service academies and in return won 3 500 Another 3 c and I were lucky enough to be asked to go and accept the award for all of our efforts we put into the competition There was a special presentation at the Pentagon which was awesome I ve never been in the Pentagon and it felt pretty official getting escorted around to receive an award It was a great experience and I m glad that all the hard work put into this competition paid off Environmental awareness is something I am extremely passionate about and being able to have this outlet at the Academy is just another way for me to have

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=5976 (2016-02-15)
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  • Finding Myself as a Leader - Roesch April 2014
    March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs Finding Myself as a Leader Overcoming Challenges The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link All Posts It s hard to believe that April is already here What is even crazier to think about is that I m a little over a month away from starting my 2 c summer It seems as if just yesterday I was reporting in as a swab But two years have quickly passed by and it is my turn to lay the foundation for future Coast Guard officers When I put it like that it sounds so crazy that s so much responsibility for a 21 year old But in that same regard I feel that I am ready The Academy really makes you grow up and become incredibly mature One thing that I have come to appreciate about this place is that it really makes you find yourself This is something that I didn t acknowledge or believe until recently in the past I was always quick to say something along the lines of we don t really get the opportunity to express ourselves but I don t agree with that anymore What I ve come to realize is that while the military makes you fit a certain prescribed standard we still have the ability to form our own spin off of it This realization hit me once I started thinking about the type of leader I want to be over cadre summer And for the first time I found myself having answers to these questions answers that differ from each and every one of my classmates Over the course of the past two years when I thought that I was being created from the recipe all military officers are made from what I was

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