Yankee 190 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Yankee 190 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 24, 2015

Graduates: April 17, 2015

We were face down in the sand, our arms had given out and we could not manage to lift ourselves off the cold, wet beach. From sunrise to sunset, we were pushed to our breaking point in what had been the most physically grueling day of boot camp, and now we found ourselves lifeless on the shore. The sun was setting beyond the dunes behind us as Petty Officer Grube shouted above the pounding surf. We were ordered to taste the ocean water; to understand and feel the same thing our survivors feel. We were physically exhausted, mentally broken, standing in the howling winds with salt water swirling in our mouths.

 

“This is the last thing someone will feel if you do not save them in time,”

 

Suddenly, our misery was put into perspective. Petty Officer Grube turned us around, and what we saw made the whole day worth it. On the dunes before us, the silhouettes of our Company Commanders and our Yankee colors (our flag) stood tall before us. The entire company broke into a straight sprint up the beach, screaming with joy, pain, and misery no more. We grabbed our colors and chanted at the top of our lungs like warriors preparing for battle. We earned our colors. We established ourselves to the regiment and to ourselves that we are Yankee-190.

 

The grinding and sanding is done. Week 07 was all about our Company Commanders polishing us and preparing us to be shipped off to the fleet. We earned coffee and dessert privileges, stopped squaring our meals, and were released into the wild for off-base liberty. For the first 06 weeks, we thought it was an urban legend that our Company Commanders would actually treat us like humans, but they actually have. We feel that we have given our best to make them proud, earning the pennants for our final exam score and our Manual of Arms test. As the senior company, we have earned the responsibility of mentoring the new company on the regiment. We have become the company marching blue robots we looked up to when we were in their boondockers.

 

Yankee-190 would not be the company we are today without the motivation and guidance we have received from our Company Commanders. Each of our Company Commanders has taught us unique values that we will carry with us for the rest of our lives. Petty Officer Babot injected discipline into our veins and transformed us into masters of military bearing. Petty Officer Russo taught us life lessons on integrity and accountability that translate to all aspects of our lives. Petty Officer Russell set a standard of perfection for us that raised our expectations of ourselves. Petty Officer Grube instilled within us the Coast Guard core values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty, which have become the foundation of our lives. We arrived at Cape May as a bus full of puzzle pieces, and the Coast Guard entrusted our Company Commanders with the challenge of assembling us into Coastguardsman. Although we have lost 59 shipmates along the way, the 75 of us that will graduate on 17Apr15 will be forever connected by the Yankee colors.

 

We have made memories that will last forever: ringing the bell atop the confidence course, nailing our Manual of Arms, test and getting our first orders; just to name a few. We all came here to become Coastguardsmen, and it would not feel as rewarding as it does if we did not go through all that we have been through. Yankee-190 has been transformed into the future of the United States Coast Guard, eager to step off on our adventure, but never forgetting where it all began. Blog Readers, Yankee-190 OUT!

Coast Guard Recruit Company Yankee 190 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.

 

 

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