DHS Secretary Johnson addresses Coast Guard’s newest officers

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson welcomed the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Class of 2014 as the service’s newest complement of officers yesterday. Alongside degrees with majors ranging from humanities to engineering, cadets received commissions in the U.S. Coast Guard to officially begin careers in service to the country’s maritime needs.


1/c Euchler: From the forge to the fleet

Imagine the Coast Guard Academy as a forge and the faculty and staff’s job is to guide the cadet’s development, like a blacksmith’s hammer folding steel. For both the cadets and instructors, it was four years of hard work, perseverance, determined effort and sacrifice. Can you picture these cadets when they first joined the academy, an agglomeration of 18 or more years’ worth of characteristics? Now, can you imagine them after spending four years in the forge that is the academy?


1/c Scalesse: Entering the fleet

As commencement nears at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, first class cadets stand at a significant threshold. Behind them lies four years of demanding academics, competitive athletics, meticulous military training and the friendships forged by these common experiences. Ahead of them lies their first duty station in the fleet, a defining assignment full of expectation and promise. Cadet 1st Class Adam Scalesse will be spending his first tour of duty aboard Coast Guard Cutter Orcas.

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.


1/c Lukasik: Plotting a different course

As many graduating cadets are gearing up to disperse into the fleet as newly-commissioned ensigns, Cadet 1st Class Jessica Lukasik will embark on a unique journey after commencement. The Fulbright program awards highly-competitive, merit-based grants to top-performing students, enabling them to study and conduct research internationally. Receiving this grant speaks to Lukasik’s character and intellect and reflects well on the academy which has fostered her academic development.