Cadet Andre Jones-Butler receiving his new cadet shoulder boards after completing the academy's summer training program in August 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Tamargo.

1/c Jones-Butler: Taking off for flight school

For first class cadets – seniors at the academy, this time of year brings with it a powerful blend of pride, nostalgia and eagerness to graduate and report to their first duty stations as ensigns in the U.S. Coast Guard. Some graduates report to shore units, others to cutters. A select few receive orders directly to flight school training in Pensacola, Fla. Such is the case with Cadet 1st Class Andre Jones-Butler.