Romeo 194 Recruit Journal Week 06

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Romeo 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 13, 2017

Graduates: August 3, 2017


Week 07 is upon us. It has come faster than a thief in the night. Romeo Company is officially an established senior company within the regiment. This establishment was not given easily. It was earned. There are no silver platters rolled out at recruit training. There are so many things happening at a lightning fast pace, our futures are much closer than previously thought. Our time as a company is now spent training, preparing, and racing for our future. This week was filled with a plethora of events that flew by faster than a burning comet in the sky.

This week alone, Romeo Company went as a group to the shooting range where all learned how to properly clean, shoot, and safely operate the Sig Sauer P229 pistol. It was a thrilling moment for all of us as we sighted in our targets, slowly squeezed the trigger, and waited for a loud bang.

Later in the week we went for our first off-base run through the streets of Cape May. What a glorious feeling it was to run in cadence with the people of this great nation cheering us on to the finish line. With our shirts drenched in sweat, we felt a new sense of pride. We are growing together and forming a bond stronger than forged steel.Romeo Company has also been consistently training our bodies. Today we had our company weigh-ins and the results have been fantastic. We are not only growing physically, we are also growing mentally. We prepare under pressure, we march in cadence, we move fast and loud, and we give all of our effort, or the person we’re saving dies. This is what we now live by.

Another milestone of Romeo’s timeline happened yesterday. We were all told to line up on the “quarterdeck” (where all the “fun” happens) with our M-16s and began to sweat as we held them at a 45 degree angle. All of us were accompanied by three screaming, blaring police sirens. To use the word “chaotic” would be an understatement. There was also a tow rope involved – a very large and heavy line. A tow rope that some of our shipmates had to hold over their heads. After all of this craziness settled, we were told to line up outside in formation. We marched to the parade field with our plain white flag that had the letter “R” on it for “Romeo” company. Chief Orlowicz shouted to us and, from the top of his lungs, asked us if we would give 100% all of the time. The saying is that we give all our effort or they die. We yelled this back as loud as we could. Facing the front of the viewing stands we were ordered to about face. There it was, posted upright in the middle of the parade field – resembling something like the U.S. flag on the first mission to the moon – our company colors waved in the air. Chief Orlowicz then yelled, “Go get your colors, Romeo!” and with adrenaline flowing, we dashed 80 yards, grabbed our flag and held it up high as if we had just won the Superbowl. What a moment. It will live in our memories until the end of time. We also took a physical tour of Station Cape May and looked at the cutters that are here. Pure metal and motors, that had twisted steel and new machinery sex appeal. It was awesome to see the raw power of the iron fist that the Coast Guard can extend upon our enemies, while also lending a helping hand to those in need. When there is a lost soul on the water we will be there to answer their cry for help. This is what the Coast Guard does. This is what we dedicate our time for. We are the shield of the American people. God bless our great country, God bless the Coast Guard, and may God bless our people.


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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