XRay 189 Recruit Journal Week 07



XRay 189 Recruit Journal Week 07

Formed: June 03, 2014

Graduates: July 25, 2014


When we arrived we were told by senior companies “Basic does not get easier, you get better”. Because “XRAY does what we want”, we decided this was too cookie cutter and we are going to modify the speech a bit. “Tasks do not get easier, you simply get better. Through this you gain confidence and through confidence you begin to live the Coast Guard core values- not because you are told to but because you truly believe in what you are doing.”

XRAY Squad leaders and Historian Team

As a company we have come a long way, and just like the track we began building, we are beginning a new path in our lives. As our training comes to a close, the historians decided to give out squad leaders the floor.

On day 01 a group of random strangers met. At that moment we only shared one commonality… we were about to embark on a journey of a lifetime. Midway through our journey and to today we have shared much more in common. For instance the Cape May Crud, fear of becoming the next revertee, and attempting to rush past our Company Commanders in the Galley. And now with 06 days away from graduation and our strive to survive, we have pulled through. Our teamwork transformed us from individuals to shipmates. Our Company Commanders evolved us from civilians to Coast Guardsmen. -SR Cantu

Meeting everyone in XRAY-189 for the first time at the USO, I knew it was going to be an experience, culture shock and the challenge of a lifetime! Taking males and females from all over the country with differing ages, races and cultures to become companions and a team is one heck of a challenge in itself and to become one as a company, as XRAY-189, the company we are today wasn’t any easier of a challenge and definitely did not happen overnight or days, more like weeks. From marching in forming week with our heads bowed saying “no pride, no effort” to marching the regiment now as one with our heads held high, backs straight and loud as can be, as THE senior company! We’ve learned to join our weaknesses and strengths together as one, to move, work, eat, sleep and grow as one. -SR Chirafisi-Boyd

XRAY-189 is a very special company. I knew in coming to this group how fortunate I am to be a part of something so rare. Every recruit that filters through Cape May will claim that this experience was eight (or more) of the toughest weeks of their life. However, not all can say that experience was lead by a group of legends.

Our leadership includes: A Chief who saves lives for a living: ASTC Carire; an E-6 who holds the record for the most recruit companies: HS1 LaFrance; an honor graduate with a culinary degree: OS2 Petrenko; and the boldest (not to mention the saltiest) new Company Commander on the Regiment (MKC Reid).

Every great company can take its roots back to strong leadership and the leadership of XRAY-189 is tantamount to none.

Even when we were being punished, we knew it came from a strong desire to see us do well and not settle for mediocrity. That being said, it was usually well deserved, our Company Commanders may be hardcore, but it’s not hard to see how much they care.

Graduating on Friday will feel amazing, but doing so under the leadership of four of the Coast Guards best- well, it’s an honor. – SR Martin.

“left-left-left-right-right-right-left” This rhythm of XRAY-189 marching strong into a bright future, layered in Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty. A group of individuals who were lost in the dark and looking for answers transformed into a team of Coast Guardsmen marching proudly into the light. In just a matter of 08 weeks, lives will excel and Coast Guardsman will be born, and for those who are willing to fight for freedom by laying their lives on the line for their country will be remembered as a beautiful part of history.

Excelling starts off on your left foot and moves forward till the very last breath falls out of your chest. There is no such thing as giving up when you are a part of Xray-189. There’s only excelling, the three key things that kept Xray-189 excelling were “A little bit of luck, fear, and that little voice!”(Chief Carire) With these three tools, XRAY-189 proved that “through endurance, we conquer.” Our luck came with the opportunity of having leaders who were willing to take time out of their lives to teach us the meaning of discipline, as well as attention to detail. Our fear was instilled by high expectations of perfection, even though perfection wasn’t forced, it was felt. The last thing that helped XRAY-189 excel would be that little voice. That little voice that said “Do not give up, do not give in, if you fall, get back up and do it again”.

These wise words of wisdom kept XRAY-189 excelling into a loyal group of Coast Guardsmen, who will make our country that much better every day they put on the blue. Through honor we will stay true to the Red, White and Blue through respect, we will never give up on the United States. Through Devotion to Duty, we will show our great nation what “Semper Paratus” is all about. So here’s to you XRAY-189! Hoo-Rah Rescue Swimmer! Left-Left-Left-Right-Right-Right-Left…. -SR McKenzie.


ASTC Pepe Carire

Lead Company Commander X-189

U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer “So Others May Live”

X-Ray 189 Graduation Program

Editor’s Note: This blog post was written by a recruit currently involved in Coast Guard basic training. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this Journal do not necessarily reflect those of Training Center Cape May, the U.S. Coast Guard or the federal government and are the sole opinion of the author. Recruit Journals are written by personnel in a high-stress environment with little time, so please excuse grammar and punctuation in the above article. The staff at Training Center Cape May do not edit the journals in any way, so as to ensure authenticity of the content and messages.