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  • An Incredible 3/c Summer - Auzenbergs September 2015
    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 An Incredible 3 c Summer Choosing the Coast Guard Academy The Cadet Experience Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts This past summer was incredible Starting off at a small boat station in Port Aransas Texas for five weeks see my June 2015 post for more then off to USCGC Eagle for six weeks and ending with three weeks at home for summer vacation A few years ago I would have never imagined spending my summer vacation in Texas then sailing a 295 foot sailboat from Staten Island New York to Philadelphia Pennsylvania Bermuda Portland Maine and Boston Massachusetts Eagle was a lot of work a lot of learning and a lot of fun Each port call was a blast seeing the different cultures cities people and giving tours of the boat that we called home for the time being It was really cool to see how interested the tourists were in the history and inner workings of Eagle and it made me realize how lucky we were to have the opportunity to spend so much time aboard The coolest memory for me of Eagle was sailing up the Delaware River into Philadelphia I was on the port side left bearing taker which meant I was helping the ship stay centered in the river by the readings I was taking along with someone on the starboard side and someone off the back Standing there we had a great view of all the boat air and land traffic We were

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65208 (2016-02-15)
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  • Life in Texas - Auzenbergs June 2015
    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 in Texas The Cadet Experience Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts Life in Texas We are already three weeks into summer training and I cannot believe how much we have learned I m at Station Port Aransas in Texas with three other now 3 c cadets and we re working on earning our Communications Watchstander qualification Earning that would allow us to answer the radios and phones for distress calls or general calls from anyone that may need assistance and stand watch for the station Though it may seem straightforward there is a lot that goes into this job such as knowing the proper way to respond to a search and rescue mission bomb threat overdue vessel or just how and when to check on any of the vessels that may be underway To me the biggest part that went into preparing for this qualification was learning the AOR or area of responsibility The station has a large map that spans their entire AOR and each member who is comms qualified must be familiar with all the bays channels fueling stations islands peninsulas and more It s pretty difficult when you are brand new to the area like us but

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65056 (2016-02-15)
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  • Adapt and Overcome - May 2015
    September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs Adapt and Overcome Overcoming Challenges The Cadet Experience Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts It still hasn t hit me yet that 4 c year is officially over These 315 days since R Day flew by in a whirlwind of emotions and experiences and without wasting any time we re now being shipped out to every corner of the United States for our summer assignments Two classmates and I are headed to Corpus Christi Texas to work at Station Port Aransas for five weeks We boarded the bus at 0330 on Saturday morning excited to see the station meet the people we will be working with and for our full day of travel from Providence to Texas Unfortunately it is now 1130 Sunday morning and we still haven t gotten on our last flight connection from Dallas to Corpus Christi Major thunderstorms and tornado warnings in Texas last night caused our flight to Dallas from Philadelphia to be delayed and standing in the window of the terminal B21 we watched our last connection from Dallas to Corpus Christi pull out onto the runway After a few hours on standby for the next flight that was at 2230 we were told there was no more room and that it was the last flight of the night We booked new tickets for a 1030 flight the next morning and decided there was no way we were sleeping in the airport that we had just spent that last six hours in especially in our trops because our bags with extra clothes were in limbo somewhere between Dallas and Corpus Christi so we got a hotel room for the night and after being

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  • Countdown Begins - Auzenbergs April 2015
    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 Countdown Begins Academics Just for Fun Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts This is the final stretch After spring break there are only six weeks left of school Everyone says that it will fly by and already we made it to the 20 day countdown Until finals that is These last few weeks will not be easy as classes are coming to an end and exams are piling up but they are the most important in the whole year Finishing strong is the key especially as 4 c This is the time we have been waiting for since R Day nine months ago Carry on My company Charlie has earned back social media privileges by each member passing Boards It s really interesting to look up what our classmates were like through their old Facebook posts and my friends and I have found it even more interesting to look up the incoming swabs in the Class of 2019 We are trying to picture them calling us ma am and sir asking us questions and treating us like we were not just in their position one summer ago But first we just need all of 2018 to pass Boards

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=64957 (2016-02-15)
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  • Time of Transition - Auzenbergs March 2015
    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 of Transition The Cadet Experience Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts Halfway done with the second semester of 4 c year and the next few months are a whirlwind of transition First off Billet Night was on March 5th for the 1 c cadets which is when they each learn where they will be stationed for their first assignment as an ensign The 2 c are waiting to hear where they will spend their summer out in the fleet and preparing to take over the position as most senior cadets at the Academy The 3 c are training to become cadre for this upcoming Swab Summer and us 4 c are also waiting to hear where we will be assigned this summer whether it be a station or a cutter and which phase Eagle we will be on Personally getting fitted for our new liberty attire Rec Gear as opposed to the Service Dress Blue uniform that we have to wear now was one of the more exciting events of the past few weeks we will soon be able to wear civvies while off base like the upper class Many 4 c are passing Boards or the 10

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6711 (2016-02-15)
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  • So Close to Freedom! - Auzenbergs February 2015
    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 So Close to Freedom Just for Fun The Cadet Experience Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts I am currently sitting in the library looking at a soccer ball with a sharpie face drawn on it wrapped in one of my extra bed sheets wearing my issued nanook and I must admit it really does resemble a baby My job this week was to take a regular soccer ball and pretend it was a baby that I should carry around with me to classes meals and basically anytime I wasn t in my room I needed to make up random Coast Guard facts about it and introduce it to anyone who asked as Bobby Why you ask Well this upcoming Sunday is 100th day or the day the 4 c must relive Swab Summer with our old cadre now 2 c for a few hours Logically that makes this Monday 101st day better known as the day that the 4 c are supposed to switch roles with the 2 c and watch them brace up square around and greet us We know that this will not happen as expected but in order to even earn the possibility of carry on for a day we as 4 c need to earn the 2 c shoulder boards This can be accomplished by completing physically challenging mentally challenging or just plain embarrassing tasks I have seen some 4 c doing pushups in the P ways riding around Chase Hall on broomsticks performing spirit

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6614 (2016-02-15)
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  • A Taste of the Old Days - Auzenbergs January 2015
    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 A Taste of the Old Days The Cadet Experience Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts I am back from winter leave two weeks when life almost seemed normal again At home I spent the majority of my time hanging out with friends visiting with family and sleeping I forgot just how simple life was living with the familiar faces of my parents and brother spending every night out late with friends and having the ability to sleep in with no 6 a m reveille During that time I thought a lot about the college experience I was getting as compared to most of my high school classmates It was extremely different in so many ways but at the same time similar I did not find it hard to relate to these friends as so many cadets claim We talked about schedules classes new friends old friends and our versions of fun Though the stories were not the same the common sense of being a freshman again was still present Those two weeks re energized me with a taste of the old days a much needed reminder that I still have the

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6325 (2016-02-15)
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  • Always on Your Toes - Auzenbergs October 2014
    on Your Toes Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Overcoming Challenges Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts I have caught myself calling Chase Hall home more and more often now It worried me at first until I realized that it just means that I m actually getting into the hang of things here and this doesn t just feel like some extended AIM week anymore It s been hard for me to realize that this is my life for the next four years Monday and Friday morning drill practice early morning military trainings before class the long school days and busy nights of homework just seem like a test that I have to pass to get back home In this case home being my high school in Shrewsbury Massachusetts But that is not the case This is home now and it s becoming more evident every week I find myself stressing with my roommate about things that I know my friends at UMASS will never encounter like if we buffed our floor enough if our beds are wrinkled when we wake up in the morning or if our blinds are secured before we leave the room Then we laugh hysterically when we re walking down the ladder wells in Chase and we see another 4 c do a spin move in the corner instead of squaring risking demerits just for the fun of it or when we see someone wait an extra 30 seconds in their doorway before exiting for an upper class to walk by just to avoid having to greet them in the hallway Now if I came back from a soccer game at a civilian college I wouldn t have to think twice about the transition from laughing and joking with the team outside the dorm to

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