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  • A Shift of Focus - Dalton September 2014
    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 A Shift of Focus Overcoming Challenges Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts Fourth class year is in full swing now and I m starting to get into the rhythm of everyday life here at the Academy The change from high school senior to Coast Guard Academy cadet is a big one You go from a big headed high school senior to not really even a person you are a thing known as a Swab During Swab Summer you lose your ability to use first person pronouns I me my etc instead you must refer to yourself as Swab Last Name when speaking about yourself The worst part of the summer in my opinion was how regimented the day was As swabs we didn t own any of our time We were timed when we went to the head restroom when we went to the scuttlebutt water fountain and every shower was timed Failure to meet standardized times lead to some incentive training There was no free time to think about anything but the task that needed to be accomplished Over the summer I

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6271 (2016-02-15)
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  • A Little Picture of Academy Life - Dow November 2015
    Cross Cyclocross Race School Starts Again Reflecting on Our 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 A Little Picture of Academy Life The Cadet Experience Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts As a fourth class last year my mom would always text me saying that there was a new blog post up my first roommate was a blogger and that I should check it out She would share these blog posts with the rest of my family as well as her co workers I realized what a big impact these entries do for the parents of cadets who don t hear from them very often as well as prospective cadets giving a little picture of what life is really like here I want to share my experiences with blog readers because I really do like it here I know that the posts are not

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65490 (2016-02-15)
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  • As October Comes to a Close - Eshleman October 2015
    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 As October Comes to a Close Academics Athletics Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts The fact that October is almost over stuns me This month has flown by Between academics fall ball lacrosse and various singing groups there is barely enough time in the day to get everything done that needs doing My favorite class this year is Intro to Mechanical Engineering Design Today we finished working on our finger engines The finger engine is composed of a flywheel shaft post base blades lever connecting rod and crank We made each of these parts out of aluminum or steel in the lab The lab lasts for three hours once a week and the class is two times a week for an hour In the lab we get to use for my first time lathes mills drills horizontal and vertical band saws and more fun power tools It is by no means a boring class Next week we start making our unloader projects We will work in a group for this project instead of individually The planning process for the unloaders has been happening for several weeks and now we get to make our plans and designs real Hopefully our designs will work to move rocks and pellets from one bucket to another with two degrees of

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65246 (2016-02-15)
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  • Classes, Lacrosse and Glee Club, Oh My! - Eshleman September 2015
    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 Classes Lacrosse and Glee Club Oh My Academics Extracurricular Activities and Faith Based Involvement Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts I cannot believe that it is already September 21st This month has flown by My typical week this year has changed a lot since fourth class year The workload is much greater but I am very interested in all of my classes In my Intro to Mechanical Engineering Design class we are building finger engines First we design them on SolidWorks which I have never used before but it is a lot of fun and next week we re moving to the lab to actually begin constructing them Getting to be hands on in the classroom is exciting and challenging Sports wise fall ball is about to begin for lacrosse I am thrilled to get back on the field I have biweekly meetings with my coach leading up until the actual season where we discuss anything and everything Sometimes going to a small school can be frustrating because there is not much privacy but I also really appreciate how close everyone is and how interested all of the teachers coaches and mentors are in their students players lives It is

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65206 (2016-02-15)
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  • Returning to a New Role and Extracurricular Activities - Eshleman August 2015
    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 Returning to a New Role and Extracurricular Activities Just for Fun The Cadet Experience Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts So I am finally back at school after a long adventurous summer of sailing on Eagle and working at Station Ketchikan Alaska The school year is kicking off with Cadet Administrative Processing CAP week I have gotten my schedule which consists of a heavy load of science and math I am super excited to begin my engineering classes although slightly nervous Coming back after fourth class year I was not sure what to expect Getting greeted for the first time by a fourth class stunned me But I am excited to fulfill my place in the corps as a role model and I hope that I can be as good of a third class to my fourth class as mine were to me last year I am also going to do my best to hold myself accountable and not fall into the under the radar third class slump Fall sports are starting up and I am participating in Triathlon Club for the first time I am running my first triathlon this upcoming weekend The team has been extremely welcoming I have always loved long distance sports so I am enjoying the sport thus far The best thing about the Coast Guard Academy

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65121 (2016-02-15)
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  • Station Ketchikan - Eshleman May 2015
    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 Station Ketchikan The Cadet Experience Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts As of May 20 I am finally a third class cadet Fourth class year is over and the excitement of summer training has arrived On May 9 I departed the Coast Guard Academy for Station Ketchikan in Alaska It has been an absolutely fantastic experience thus far I just passed my watch communications board which means that I can stand radio watch here at the station and I am beginning to work on my boat crew qualification I have gotten to experience helo operations with a helicopter that flew from the air station in Sitka Alaska and also tactical training with the 45 foot response boat medium RB M and the 25 foot response boat small RB S along with a variety of other things The crew here has been incredibly helpful Outside of work I have visited multiple hiking trails including the 3 000 foot trail that goes to the top of Deer Mountain right behind the Coast Guard barracks The crew keeps telling me that the weather in

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65013 (2016-02-15)
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  • Alaska Here I Come! - Eshleman April 2015
    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 Alaska Here I Come Academics The Cadet Experience Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts We started April off with the excitement of switching back to Tropical Blue uniforms from Standard Dress Bravos The weather is finally getting warmer and I felt the sun on my face for the first time in ages April marks a lot of exciting things for fourth class We just received wardroom carry on so we do not have to square our meals anymore Everyone in the Class of 2018 has passed boards so full carry on is hopefully on its way It is crazy that fourth class year is almost over This summer I am headed to Ketchikan Alaska for five weeks at a small boat station then on to Eagle for six weeks after that I am excited to get fleet experience Alaska is surprisingly not as cold as one may think in the summer Ketchikan is in the 60s during the day It is also the salmon capital of the world and surrounded by a national forest so in my free time I

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=64961 (2016-02-15)
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  • Extracurriculars - Eshleman March 2015
    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 Extracurriculars Extracurricular Activities and Faith Based Involvement Just for Fun Class of 2018 Permanent link All Posts March has been an incredible month In the beginning of March I was extremely focused on passing Boards which is a verbal indoctrination exam that all of the 4 c freshman must pass in order to eventually be granted carry on a k a no more squaring bracing up etc I was obviously very nervous but thankfully with a lot of study sessions mock Boards and advice from upper class I was able to pass on the first try About a week after I passed Boards I headed to Germany with the USCGA Cadet Chorale for our spring break We stayed in the town of Garmisch I had been looking forward to this trip since the beginning of the school year and what a trip it was We toured multiple castles including Neuschwanstein which is what the Disney castle is based on We also went to Dachau concentration camp skied in the Bavarian Alps and sang at the Chief Warrant Officers Ball

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6741 (2016-02-15)
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