Papa 190 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Papa 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: October 28, 2014

Graduates: December 19, 2014



Week 06 was a week to talk about. We will always remember the week of our on base liberty and colors. Neither came easy (as expected).

The week began with the company being split in two. With the two companies following different schedules for a portion of the week. The beginning of the week held a huge surprise for us. Tuesday evening after taps, held a huge surprise wake up for us. As 2230 rolls around we hear the loud obnoxious screeching from our company commanders whistles and telling us to get up and out of the rack!! As chaos quickly engulfed the squad bays, we were attempting to gather our effects and scramble to the head to get changed into our operational dress uniforms as quickly as possible!!

Now since all of the details of this chaotic night can’t possibly be told in a single weekly summary, you’ll have to have those who were there explain it with real life details. Just make sure to ask about the eerie march through the dark fog, as we slowly moved step by step away from the regiment and toward the howling Atlantic Ocean. Ask about what we did before we saw them. Ask about our march back to the house. Ask for the whole story!! Ask about how proud and loud we were on the way home, singing those marching cadences. PAPA-190 never felt prouder to have that blue flag with a white square in possession of the guidon bearer. It is an Awesome feeling.

Later in the week our company was able to do our fire fighting practical. We learned how to wear the protective fire equipment and handle a fire hose for putting out a fire. The practical was very interesting in fact we got some hands on experience with that. Although it’s said “practice makes perfect”, we really don’t want to plan on fighting many fires since they are extremely dangerous.

Speaking of dangerous, we competed in our first round of pugil sticks (google it if you don’t know what they are). This was a matchup of one on one, trying to hit the other person as hard as possible to get a point and when you get 3 points you win. Well the company was split in two teams and each team either had Chief Brost or Petty Officer Grube as a pep talker to get you fired up. Although most of the pep talks were just about trying to crush the other opponent. It seemed to work. This went on for about 2 hours as everyone had a chance to compete.

To finally wrap up the long lasting week up, we were awarded on-base liberty. 6 hours of some freedom which allowed usage of our cell phones and we were authorized purchases from the exchange on base!! These 6 hours were mostly spent in the all hands club the Harborview. It was a nice evening to speak with all of you who are supporting this company!!! PAPA-190 out!!!

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.