Kilo 198 Recruit Journal Week 07

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This week 07 marked a closer transition for Kilo-198 from recruit to non-rate, as we braced the challenges and new responsibilities while learning about the turmoil in the outside world. After earning our colors last Sunday on the beach, we marched everywhere with the Kilo yellow and blue flag around the regiment singing cadences. Our heads held high and shoulders back, we stood tall and proud marching as the senior company.

We affectionately named our Guide-on “Popeye” because Popeye was originally a Coastie and our Lead Company Commander ET1 Fortenberry likes Popeye. We earned Popeye some spinach winning the Seamanship pennant which is green in color. We did well on our Seamanship Final test and Line Handling Practical. In the evening we had debriefings from the Battalion Commander and our Company Commanders. This was a time for them to speak candidly to us and us the opportunity to ask them questions that gnawed on our minds since the start of recruit training.

On Friday afternoon we officially donned our Coast Guard Ball caps and hoisted the Kilo flag over the regiment. Everything is earned, nothing is given, so we earned that moment. We can now talk to our Company Commanders as normal Human beings. Week 7 challenged us to stay locked on despite reigning in the recruit training “mode” intensity. Our Battalion Commander, SKCM Lawrence explained that it’s by design to test our commitment and resolve and integrate the external discipline we have been taught the last 06 weeks to internal. As graduation approaches we focus too much on the trees and lose sight of the forest. The Motto “Semper Paratus” spoke to many of us when we joined – to be always ready. That means responding to challenge and adversity with the right attitude, and know how to respond. Unfortunately this attitude gets drowned out in the noise of news and social media, that encourages panic and helplessness. Becoming Coastguardsmen we realize that Semper Paratus is more than just a motto, but a way of life. Prepare and respond to challenges with character- the right attitude, Honor, and Integrity. Being prepared ourselves allows us to help others who in turn, might help others prepare.

“Eyes in the Boat Kilo-198”
SR Maman and SR Hernandez

Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon: Week 7 Blog

Go to: http://www.forcecom.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/FORCECOM-UNITS/TraCen-Cape-May/ Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uscoastguardbootcamp *It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies. If you are looking for higher quality video products from your loved one’s graduation, you should contact VTS at 609-365-8889 !!!!!!!!!

Graduation Program: Posted Thursday afternoon
Go to: http://www.forcecom.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/FORCECOM-UNITS/TraCen-Cape-May/ Under the “Graduation Date” Tab you will be able to find the Graduation Program .

To view the Graduation Live: Time: 1100 AM The live stream of the graduations are viewed by going to the training center’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uscoastguardbootcamp *It should be noted that the live streams are a courtesy and not a guarantee. There could be technical issues or resource availability issues that would interfere with the stream. The live streams are not intended to be high definition productions of the graduation ceremonies. If you are looking for higher quality video products from your loved one’s graduation, you should contact VTS at 609-365-8889.

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