Return to Eagle: Former Coast Guardsman completes his bucket list

Former Coast Guardsman Jim Briggs, one of the first American crewmembers on the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, was able to check the last item off his bucket list recently: visiting his old cutter 66 years after he left it.


Return to the Eagle: A homecoming 40 years in the making

Thanks to an opportunity from the Academy’s Alumni Association, Christian and his classmate Jim Mongold set sail aboard the Coast Guard Eagle once again, sailing from London to Madeira, Portugal during this summer’s training cruise. The former cadets hadn’t been on the Eagle for 40 years.


Becoming a Sailor

Becoming a sailor

This training is called, “School of the Ship,” and before the cadets are allowed to handle lines, set sails or get underway, they must go through it. The school transforms the Eagle into a hands-on classroom and gives the cadets a crash course in sailing because for the next few weeks they are responsible for working the ship’s complex system of lines and sails, and it is up the crew to teach them.


Firefighting at sea

Firefighting at sea

The goal is for each cadet to leave the Eagle with their basic damage control qualification, a qualification that will follow them throughout their career, saving time and potentially saving lives. “Early in their careers they may have to coordinate and direct the efforts to fight a fire,” said Chief Petty Officer Max Hermes, and his crew is working hard to prepare all of the cadets for the future.