On the surface, First Class Cadet Matthew Hanks appears to be a typical cadet: he plays baseball, he spends some nights up late working civil engineering design problems, and he’s gearing up for life as a commissioned officer. But a look beneath the surface reveals someone vastly different. Not only is he the spring 2015 regimental commander, the highest-ranking cadet in the corps of cadets, he’s already been in the Coast Guard for almost eight years.
Listening to the helicopter’s rotor blades slice through the night sky while watching his feet dangle above the turbulent water, the words “never quit,” repeated over and over in his head. Never quit – words Seaman Derrian Duryea repeated to himself before high school swim meets and now words he lives by as a Coast Guardsman.
As commencement nears at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, first class cadets stand at a significant threshold. Behind them lies four years of demanding academics, competitive athletics, meticulous military training and the friendships forged by these common experiences. Ahead of them lies their first duty station in the fleet, a defining assignment full of expectation and promise. Cadet 1st Class Adam Scalesse will be spending his first tour of duty aboard Coast Guard Cutter Orcas.
When 27 Coast Guard Academy cadets arrived at Martinez Magnet School in New Haven, Conn., recently, they had their Junior Achievement briefcases in hand and were ready to teach their young audience about finance, the importance of education and the Coast Guard. The students, ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade, took a day away from the textbooks to allow the cadets to run through various lessons.
Every summer since 1974, 2nd class cadets, or juniors, at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., are given the opportunity to sail in the Coastal Sail Training Program providing them the chance to get in tune with their environment, hone their seaman’s eyes and understand the consequences of their decisions.
The start of the spring semester began this week at the United States Coast Guard Academy, and Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp traveled to the New London, Conn.-based institution to continue the tradition of delivering a leadership address to the corps of cadets.
UPDATE: Click here to watch President Barack Obama’s commencement address to the Coast Guard Academy Class of 2011. Today, President Barack Obama welcomed the Coast Guard’s newest officers into the corps, saluting their achievements and inspiring them in service to […]
UPDATE: The photo’s caption at the end of the post has been corrected to read the cadets promote to First Class rather than Second Class. Built at Blohm and Voss Shipyards in Hamburg, Germany, in 1936, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter […]
The Coast Guard Academy helps cadets cope with life away from loved ones through a Cadet Sponsor Program. Local families offer the cadets a home away from home and the chance to be a part of their lives. This year, […]