Quebec 197 Recruit Journal Week 07

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Quebec 197 Recruit Journal

Formed: June 25, 2019

Graduates: August 16, 2019

Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

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Q-197 Week 07

Quebec Company slowly comes to an end, with 05 nights left until graduation. This week may have been the most exciting for Quebec. We were blessed by Petty Officer Vercellone our Lead Company Commander with dessert and coffee privileges, all thanks to a shipmate who had outstanding close order drill in the galley and went above and beyond, she went to parade rest as her toast was toasting. It is the little things in life. Our week consisted of our close order drill and manual of arms test, CPR and First Aid, signing our orders, and our line handling practical. The stress level was high for the company we had the honor to perform our Close Order Drill and Manual of Arms test for the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Master Chief Vanderhaden. It was the 50th anniversary of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard. We had the honor to speak with him and the retired Master Chiefs who came before him. They told us some seas stories and words of wisdom. They also joined us on the Confidence Course which was a real treat. Another pivotal moment that happen early on in the week was being awarded our Company Colors! Quite a nerve-wracking evolution in Sexton Hall, as we marched into the classroom, our Lead Company Commander said lets go back to the beginning and we had no idea what was coming next. She asked how we felt to be back where we started, many recruits answered nervous. In what become a very emotional moment of how proud Petty Officer Vercellone was of all of us and proud we should be of each other. She talked about our loved ones, family, siblings, and friends who are looking up to us who are also so proud. She asked who knows someone or has family who served or is currently serving our great nation. Then we faced the stern of the classroom to see our Guidon with our Company Pennant. We march loud and proud back to the house, and began singing cadences that echoed throughout the regiment. Since Papa-197 graduated on Friday we are now the senior company on the regiment. Our colors also fly proudly on the regimental flag pole for all to see. Petty Officer Lake told us the flag was upside-down, which is impossible because it’s a plain yellow square. Then we had our debriefs with our Company Commanders which could fill 10 pages by itself. We got to relax and learn more about them, their passions, what drives them, and their history. They even let us laugh a little! We had our off base liberty which was fun, it was a true test though to see how we conducted ourselves. Recruit training is not over though, eyes are on us more than ever. We need to set the bar high and set the example and be the example. Friday will come quick and we can’t wait to see our loved ones at graduation!

SR Bulan

Q-197 Historian

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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