The Class of 2022 participates in Day One, the start of Swab Summer and the beginning of their 200-week journey to becoming an officer, July 2, 2018. Swab Summer is an intensive seven-week program, that prepares students for military and Academy life. Cadre, second class cadets in-charge of the swabs training, will lead swabs through a series of challenging tasks, events and evolutions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole Foguth.

Day One

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy renewed a longstanding tradition last week as 279 U.S. cadets and 11 international cadets took part in Day One. Class of 2022 features the largest and most diverse group of international students.


Newly commissioned Ensigns Jacob Brown and Kurt Caminske pause for a moment following the Coast Guard Academy's 2018 Commencement ceremony at the Academy in New London, Conn., May 23, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin.

Future Leaders: Ensigns Kurt Caminske and Jacob Brown

As regimental commanding officer and executive officer of the Coast Guard Academy Corps of Cadets, newly commissioned Ensigns Kurt Caminske and Jacob Brown know what it takes to lead the future leaders of the Coast Guard. Now, after their senior year and graduation, Caminske and Brown are no longer leaders of the Class of 2018, but ensigns in the Coast Guard headed to their new units. These new officers intend to use what they learned as leaders of the Corps of Cadets to serve the Coast Guard and nation with pride and honor.


U.S. Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet Erin Wright. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Future Leaders: First Class Cadet Erin Wright

Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet Erin Wright is doing all she can to make a difference at the Coast Guard Academy, in the Coast Guard and in the world. Following graduation and commissioning as an officer in the Coast Guard, Wright will be heading to the United Kingdom this summer to continue her education as the 2018-2019 Fulbright scholar. She will be pursuing a Master of Philosophy degree in Energy Engineering at Newcastle University in Newcastle, United Kingdom.


Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet Daria McKenna poses for a photo between Hamilton Hall and Chase Hall at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Future Leaders: First Class Cadet Daria McKenna

When things are going right there is nobody more popular on the college campus than the student-athlete, the gifted cadet who can sink a basket or get that vital first down. Even better is the athlete who can step into the classroom and hold their own against cadets who do not have extracurricular commitments. Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet Daria McKenna attacks on the field and in the classroom. This week, Compass is featuring several outstanding cadets who will soon be graduating from the Academy to become our future leaders.


Coast Guard Academy mechanical engineering cadets test out their rescue basket design at a local simulator facility, April 18, 2018. They have been prototyping a new and improved rescue basket, which could revolutionize the way the Coast Guard conducts search-and-rescue missions aboard the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole Foguth.

Raising the bar in a single hoist

Coast Guard Academy mechanical engineering cadets have been prototyping a new and improved rescue basket, which could revolutionize the way the Coast Guard conducts search-and-rescue missions aboard the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters. The new design, which is roomy enough for two individuals to comfortably sit in the basket, allows Coast Guard operators to shave off precious time during mass rescue situations.


2018 Cadet Research Symposium

As the school years comes to a close, first class cadets across campus are gearing up for one last presentation during the Coast Guard Academy 2018 Cadet Research Symposium.

The annual symposium, held every year a few weeks before graduation, gives the first year cadets a rare opportunity to showcase their academic prowess and scholarly work before a diverse audience of peers, faculty, staff, sponsors, and supporters.


More than 30 students from the Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Miltiary Academy and U.S. Naval Academy and staff pose for a photo on the steps of Satterlee Hall at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., April 12, 2018.

Fixing the Coast Guard with math

Each year the Coast Guard presents capstone problems to Coast Guard Academy cadets to help solve centric problems from operation units like aircraft inventory costs, training assignments, cutter operations, etc. During the 2018 Service Academy Student Mathematics Conference held at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, 30 cadets and midshipmen presented their senior research projects to an audience of peers. These projects allowed students to gain real world experience during their final semester and an opportunity to provide solutions that would have a substantial effect on the service.


Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet A.J. Read poses for a photo between Hamilton and Chase Hall at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., April 4, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: First Class Cadet A.J. Read

For the past four years, U.S. Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet A.J. Read has defended the Bears on the soccer team as a center back, but this summer he takes defense to a new level as he joins Coast Guard Cyber Command in Washington, D.C. The Academy soccer star had a bumpy road trying to find his calling within the Coast Guard – he eventually found his passion within the electrical engineering major leading him to the Coast Guard Academy Cyber Team.


Designing the Coast Guard’s role in the Arctic

The Coast Guard’s missions in the Arctic are evolving with the changing landscape. Six teams of Coast Guard Academy cadets have been working on their capstone projects exploring and designing icebreakers capable of operating in both the Arctic and Great Lakes, as well as applying conceptual understanding of the Arctic domain to build foundational relationships between Arctic nations.


The Coast GUard Academy's regimental commander 1st Class Cadet Kurt Camiske gives Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft a Coast Guard Academy hat as a gift for speaking at the Academy's annual Leadership Address, March 7, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole Foguth.

Adm. Paul Zukunft’s Leadership Address 2018 at Coast Guard Academy

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft spoke at the Coast Guard Academy’s annual Commandant Leadership Address discussing dealing with people in positions of authority and influences and perfecting the art of listening.


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