“This is where the Coast Guard’s culture begins,” said Capt. Todd Prestidge. “At the training center, we embody the standard. We teach the standard. And we keep that standard safe for generations to come.” That is more than just a tag line for Prestidge. It is a mission statement.
The first video finalist to start things off takes us to Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J.,, as Capt. Todd Prestidge, the commanding officer, addresses new recruits at the service’s only enlisted basic training center. The average Coast Guard recruit company will lose more than 30 percent of its ranks over the course the eight-week training program.
There were no paparazzi, limos or flashing cameras for this premiere event at Training Center Cape May, N.J. In fact, instead of flashy outfits, recruits wore the standard issue operational dress uniform and working the red carpet meant marching smartly into the training center’s Ida Lewis Auditorium. Despite the lack of fan fare, the recruits were attending a significant event for the Coast Guard – the premiere of the Coast Guard’s Top 10 Videos of 2013 and to cast the first votes of the Coast Guard 2013 Video of the Year Contest.
Thanks to all of your votes, the top 2013 Coast Guard cadence has been selected! Petty Officer 1st Class Rick Bauz’s cadence “Old Man James” was selected by fans of the service on Facebook and YouTube as the Coast Guard’s Top Cadence, winning the competition by more than 300 votes.
It’s been more than 24 years since Chief Petty Officer Walter E. Prim Jr. received that gut-wrenching mayday call from the crew of the fishing vessel Three V’s reporting they were on fire. Shortly after the initial call, then Fireman Apprentice Prim and a crew from Station Montauk, N.Y., launched to help the fishermen. Almost immediately after getting underway, the Coast Guardsmen could see the glowing flames from fishing vessel on the horizon.
Just two months after graduating basic training in 1999, then Seaman Apprentice Sergio Cosby found himself aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Northland from Portsmouth, Va., involved in a two-ton drug bust. Fast forward almost 14 years, and Petty Officer 1st Class Cosby had the opportunity to pass his experiences on to the next generation of Coast Guardsmen. Cosby wrote a running, or double-time, cadence entitled “Turn It Up!,” which was selected as one of the Top 5 Coast Guard Cadences of 2013. Each year Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, the service’s only enlisted basic training facility, solicits original marching cadences from across the service.
Fourteen. That’s the number of search and rescue cases that Petty Officer 1st Class Rick Bauz has worked where he and his crew couldn’t rescue everyone. If he’s asked how many cases he’s worked where he’s saved a life, he just shrugs and says “I don’t really count them because I was just doing my job.”
Over the next several months, Training Center Cape May will provide applicants with the knowledge to prepare, but if applicants don’t have the motivation to prepare, they won’t have the drive to complete our program. This preparation program called “It’s not JUST 8 weeks” will include workout materials, preparation information and in depth insight into the program from training staff and recruits.
As we’ve shared Coast Guard missions from around the country, you may have noticed one particular group of Coast Guard members was missing – the Coast Guard’s newest recruits. We’ve saved Coast Guard Training Center Cape May until today to share all of their photos together. Cape May is the nation’s only Coast Guard enlisted accession point so take a look at all the moments captured throughout the week.
As the Coast Guard and the other military services celebrate the resiliency of the military child during the month of April, we’re putting a spotlight on the Coast Guard’s 7-year partnership with national youth organization Boys & Girls Clubs of America. By helping military kids cope, adjust and progress through the most formative years of their lives, BGCA’s youth programs strive to make happiness and well-being a priority for military families.