Coast Guard Academy Lacrosse - Summer of Service

Cory Pray
Junior | Goalie | Medfield, Mass.
Major: Government

The best part of my past summer was the 44-foot Luders Yawls sailing program. We were in groups of about seven cadets plus one or two training officers on board. We were completely reliant on ourselves to navigate to a different port each night. We learned how to fill roles such as captain of the watch, navigator and deck hands. We also relied on one another to get our own food and cook for each other every night. This experience provided excellent insight on what it will be like to be underway in the operational Coast Guard and be in a leadership role. The best part about this was that the safety officers really stepped back and let the cadets take charge.

Brian Muldoon
Junior | Defense | Solomons, Md.
Major: Management

During the summer of 2010 I participated in the 2/c summer training program. The highlight of the summer was without a doubt the Cadet Aviation Training Program (CATP) that I attended at Air Station Elizabeth City, NC. During my week in Elizabeth City, I had the opportunity to learn about all the different things that Coast Guard Air Stations are responsible for as well as getting some hands on experience in the aircraft. I had the chance to get behind the controls of the new HC-130J Super Hercules as well as participate in a Sling Augmented Double Pick-Up (SADPU) from the water into an MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter. In addition to the week at CATP, I had the opportunity to spend two weeks sailing 44-foot Luder Yawls in Long Island Sound with teammates 2/c Nick Fain, 2/c Devin Quinn and 2/c Andrew Breen under the supervision of our Head Lacrosse Coach, LCDR Krautler, it was an outstanding opportunity to get to know some of my teammates more and learn leadership skills out on the water. The rest of the summer consisted of learning the Nautical Rules of the Road, learning basic ship handling on the academy waterfront, getting basic marksman qualified on the Sig P229 pistol and running the Academy Introduction Mission (AIM) program to introduce rising high school seniors to Academy life. It was, without a doubt, the most enjoyable and beneficial summer I've ever experienced.

Conor Breckenridge
Sophomore | Defense | Novato, Calif.
Major: Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering

I was on USCGC GALLATIN, a 378-foot high-endurance cutter, for the first six weeks of summer. The Gallatin had just finished a dry-dock period. Although we did not get underway while I was there, I was able to help completely rehabilitate the Law Enforcement locker and assist with a main diesel engine overhaul to get the cutter ready to get underway again. I spent the second half of my summer on board the tall ship Eagle with port calls sailing from Veracruz, Mexico around the Gulf of Mexico and ending up in Tampa, Florida. We sailed through several large storms including Hurricane Alex where we had the hull heeled over so far, the outer edge of the main spar was almost in the water. Working on board cutters was an awesome experience because of the hard work involved, but you know people are counting on you to do it right and when you see the fruits of your labor it is very gratifying.

Austin English
Sophomore | Attack | Kent Island, Md.
Major: Management

How do Costa Rica, Panama, and Key West sound for a summer job? This past summer I had the pleasure of going to all these places for free aboard a 270-foot medium endurance cutter. I visited Costa Rica, participated in a 3-day vessel search that resulted in the seizure of 750 pounds of cocaine and stopped in Key West before heading out to assist with the Deep Water Horizon oil spill. During the oil spill, my cutter served as a Command and Control platform. We also served as a landing and refueling platform for the helicopters, refueling well over ten MH-65Cs within the five days we were on site. I served as a member of the fire party, witnessing several landing and takeoffs. My favorite part was night helicopter operations. Seeing the MH-65C hover over-head while getting blown away by the rotor wash is something I will never forget. We circled the oil spill, monitoring the boundaries as the oil expanded. What I remember most about the oil spill was the smell. Almost like Crayola crayons, the oil spill gave off a scent that traveled for miles. Not only was this a great way to work on my tan, but I got to see parts of the world I did not know existed. Interacting with the Indians of Panama and the locals of Cost Rica, I gained an appreciation for what I have back in the states.

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