Cadet 1st Class Matthew Hanks

This time around: Coast Guard Academy cadet reflects on prior service

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.