Alpha 193 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Formed: June 7, 2016

Graduates: July 29, 2016

Coast Guard Recruit Company Alpha 193 Graduation Program

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Week 07 was the best by far! Sunday, our Company Commanders marched us down to the beach, and surprised us with Alpha’s colors! We ran over to it, boondockers throwing sand everywhere, and grabbed it and all huddled around, shouting and cheering for Alpha, like something straight out of a movie. At that point, Alpha became one solid unit. It was the start of a week that reintroduced things like smiling and laughing, and our Company Commanders really opened up to us more. We named Alpha’s colors Athena, and she even has her own place on the roster!

We sing cadence almost everywhere we march now, and each Company Commander has his own style, to say the least! We sing “Eat chow all night long!” going into the galley, which is perfect since we’ve earned deserts! Yum. In the middle of the week we all had the chance to test ourselves on the Confidence Course obstacles, cheering on every single shipmate! Battle scars include gnarly underarm bruises from the high bars, which appeared almost immediately, and resembled galaxies.

Towards the end of week 07, we were given time to sit down and talk to Chief Flickinger, Petty Officer Coleman, and Petty Officer Passmore (who seemed a little more reluctant, haha), and talk to them as our superiors, Smokey the Bear covers OFF. It was called de-briefing, and it was the best time! We learned so much from them in those few hours and the questions rolled like water. They told us their stories, and even laughed along with us when we got to talking about our company specifically, and all of the crazy things that happened. It very much encouraged us in thinking about and planning our futures, not only as Coast Guardsmen and women, but as people in general. They inspire us to be better in every way, by any means! Chief Flickinger told us that we run Alpha, and he’s only managing it. Humble as always, but it gave us great perspective into how much we’ve evolved.

We completed our Final Exam, Manual of Arms, and close Order Drill tests Friday, and earned two more pennants for Athena! We made our Section Commander proud, and everyone passed their Final Exam! Safe to say that we are (finally) kicking butt!

Week 07 ended with Off-Base Liberty! It was long awaited, but also king of hard to adjust to! Several shipmates had family and friends come to visit, and other roamed the Cape May area, just happy to have a little bit of peace and quiet! We had almost twelve hours, and many of us spent it indulging at the movies, restaurants, and local shops and Boardwalk. Hours were spent on our phones, telling our families and loved ones all of the funny stories, and receiving last minute advice to finish strong! No matter how weird it felt walking around without tight fists, we eventually relaxed, and actually all made it back on time! Here’s to graduation in 05 days!

 

 

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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