Mike 192 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Mike 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: February 2, 2016

Graduates: March 25, 2016

 

WEEK 07 BLOG MIKE-192

 

Coast Guard Recruit Company Mike 192 Graduation Program

20MAR16: HAZAAH! HAZAAH! Joyful! Prideful! Held high be the colors of Mike! In our hearts and the silly lines of white angled with blue made living by Each Gust of wind. A small reminder to the new recruits on the regiment, what company reigns supreme and victorious. Mighty Mike! And small carry forth the Coast Guard Ethos with pride! Mike! With trials and tribulations abound. The recruits felt this one in their bones. Emboldened by the return of their Lord Commander and while keeping her Dragons at bay. Mike marched to victory with its coat of arms in hand.

Constantly performing drills and preparing their minds for the test ahead Mike took shape. Forged by three ferocious dragons Mike Company was sharpened to a razors edge.

With every moment that we spent training it finally came down to this one event. Many perished along the way. With their spirits weak and leaving only the true fire borne of Mike to stride ahead.

The true test was one of kinship. On a bright day, Mike was on line facing the ocean. Waiting! Watching the waves form and break at just the right moment one after another. Finally a familiar voice rings more loud and clear than the waves at our feet breaking. Our faces Solemn and straight, but everybody was beaming inside. We turned to find our Lead Company Commander bestowing a simple token made of wood and fabric. To Mighty Mike; this was our pride! Our colors! To be protected at all costs. Lest we find ourselves without a sense of hope or home; this Tuesday was remarkable.

The scream of “Mighty Mike” pouring out onto the beach will echo for eternity. Begging no pardon the recruits thrust their colors in the sky.

Carrying our colors with pride back to regiment, everywhere Mike went the junior companies knew they had to be “like Mike”.

With offerings of sweat, blood and morale given to the pavement and grass of Tracen Cape May; Mike had earned more liberties and freedom.

Pushing ahead only now with retrospect do we see that the three dragons that had torn and chewed the excess unwanted fats away from souls are as dedicated and driven to make Mike the best company to ever pass through the gates of Cape May. We are their finished product of tireless efforts.

With family and friends it will not go unnoticed; while our visage will be unchanged many will undoubtedly remark “something is different about you”. The difference will be the calm of our spirit; the knowledge that we command the fortitude to call upon our training in dire times. We can and we will perform when the time comes. It is expected and demanded of us.

With our ascension only days away Mike enters a purgatory of sorts. Striding between a hellfire past and the glorious future, we do the only thing we can and possibly the hardest and toughest test of all. We wait!

We are tried and true. We are ready and soon we will show the world. Watch for the colors of “Mighty Mike”!

 

SR. O’lone

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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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