Kilo 194 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Kilo 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: April 18, 2017

Graduates: June 9, 2017


For Kilo 194 Graduation Program:  Will be posted on Thursday


Week 07 Summary

Kilo – 194


“Victory!” We, determined Kilo shout victory, victory, victory! Do you hear us? Do you feel the Earth shaking under you? Shaking with the pride, with the strength, and with a profound passion! Do you feel determined Kilo? Feed the gust of wind created from the strength of our lungs as we shout to the Heaven’s above, filled with gratitude, and humbleness, filled with the pride of our serving our country. We determined Kilo. We stand tall, united by pain, purpose, and devotion to duty. As we sail off into the uncharted seas of our life.

We look back to all those, who without, we would not be, and give thanks through the actions we take and standards we display. We determined Kilo give thanks to ME1 Shenk for the wisdom bestowed upon us. We determined Kilo give thanks to YN1 Gilbert for the mighty strength bestowed within us. Last but not least, our stoic leader, IT1 Abascal, for forming and creating the soul and spirit that shine so bright within us all. After 08 weeks of evolution, finally we will return to you as promised. Baptized into the spirit of the Coast Guard, we march back into your arms and embrace you with our love. As one journey ends, a new one is born, for the sea is our new home, and we have vowed to protect her and all things upon her. So let us rejoice as we shout, Victory!

Thank you all for your ongoing support and love for determined Kilo. Thank you for raising the best gaggle of shipmates I have ever met. For all of us, this has truly been one of the hardest tests of strength in body, mind, and spirit. At times when we gave up on ourselves, we as shipmates come to aid one another and support each other. If boot camp has taught us anything it is this. Support one another and there is nothing that cannot be conquered and by us I mean the love and support everyone has given us. I mean the love and support everyone had given us. From our Company Commanders, the staff here, to the volunteer instructors, the accumulation of it all has been merged into the spirit of each Kilo shipmate and shall remain posed for all eternity. Thank you all.



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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