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.


Future Leaders: Leading the way to Victory

Derek Victory, a first class cadet at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, has one of the greatest last names in sports. He has been the Bears’ starting quarterback since winning the job four games into his freshman season and over the past four years; Victory has rewritten the Coast Guard Academy record book.


Future Leaders: Navigating the international waters of the Coast Guard Academy

Four years at a military academy is arduous for the most prepared students, but navigating through those years as an international cadet adds an extra layer of difficulty. Language barriers, culture shock, and homesickness can make studying in another country almost impossible. One such student is First Class Cadet James Myazoe of Marjuro, Marshall Island.


Future Leaders: Turning thoughts into action at the Coast Guard Academy

First Class Cadet Angela-Ruth Johnson has been turning thoughts into action since she first set her sights on the Coast Guard Academy. Upon graduation from the Academy with a degree in Operations Research and Computer Analysis, Johnson will be entering the fleet as an ensign in the United States Coast Guard. She will be tasked with large amounts of responsibilities in the overseeing of day-to-day activities. This is the moment she has been working towards since she initially began her Coast Guard career five years ago.


Future Leaders: Sailing into a Commission

Nikole Barnes couldn’t have written a better story for how her time at the Coast Guard Academy turned out. With a little help and guidance, this sailing champ was able to refocus herself and finish strong, a common theme for her time at the Academy.


First Class Cadet Caleb Stewart

Future Leaders: Graduating Coast Guard Academy cadet aims to guard the cyber coast

This month First Class Cadet Caleb Stewart is graduating from the Coast Guard Academy. During his tenure at the Academy Stewart used his interest and skills in technology and cyber security to lead the Coast Guard Cyber Team.


Future Leaders: Graduating Coast Guard Academy basketball star readies for military career

Victoria Sutherland, a first class cadet at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, is a stand-out player on the Bears’ women’s basketball team. As a three-time all-conference selectee and 1,000-point scorer, she knows what it’s like to lead on the court. When she graduates in May, Sutherland will also be leading in the fleet as the deck watch officer aboard Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber, a fast response cutter homeported in Miami.


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Future leaders: Rwandan resolve

After graduation, Jackson Karama will return home to serve in the Rwandan Defense Forces and take part in the building of his country. His friends, classmates, and shipmates, will enter the Coast Guard fleet with their minds opened and their perspective broadened by the crossing of paths with Karama, and his fellow international cadets.


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