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?