Written by Chief Warrant Officer Donnie Brzuska.
Just two months after graduating basic training in 1999, then Seaman Apprentice Sergio Cosby found himself aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Northland from Portsmouth, Va., involved in a two-ton drug bust.
Fast forward almost 14 years, and Petty Officer 1st Class Cosby had the opportunity to pass his experiences on to the next generation of Coast Guardsmen. Cosby wrote a running, or double-time, cadence entitled “Turn It Up!,” which was selected as one of the Top 5 Coast Guard Cadences of 2013. Each year Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, the service’s only enlisted basic training facility, solicits original marching cadences from across the service.
“The Coast Guard Cadence Contest allows members from across the Coast Guard to educate our newest members,” said Capt. Todd Prestidge, the commanding officer of Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. “Everything we do here is aimed at educating and preparing future Coast Guardsmen for the rigors of service, and that includes when they call cadence.”
A graduate of Coast Guard Recruit Company Zulu 155, Cosby has been a part of many notable Coast Guard operations around the world in addition to his time aboard Northland including deployments to the Middle East in support of operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.
“As a new member to my beloved service I thrived on the feeling it gave me to stop drugs that corrupted neighborhoods in my own town and country as a whole,” says Cosby. “This first experience as a seaman apprentice has stayed with me my entire career and will forever be one of the highlights.”
The Coast Guard will release the Top 5 Cadences throughout the week of Sept. 23, and the public will be given the opportunity to vote on their favorite cadence by “liking” it on Facebook and YouTube. The Top Coast Guard Cadence of 2013 will be announced the week of Oct. 14.
Training Center Cape May prepares more than 80 percent of the Coast Guard’s entire workforce to conduct the service’s frontline missions around the world. The Coast Guard is among the most selective and recruits the most qualified applicants of the five armed services. This rigorous training program educates future Coast Guardsmen in everything from basic water survival to marksmanship, and many graduates will be conducting Coast Guard missions just days after basic training.
Training center graduates, like Cosby, will quickly find themselves in the middle of the action helping to take down drug smugglers, interdict illegal migrants, or save a life. Behind every cadence, there’s a story, and each story is aimed at preparing future Coast Guardsmen. While “Turn It Up!” may describe the steps of a drug interdiction at sea, it’s truly aimed at mentally preparing recruits for one of the many challenges that lay ahead of them in their careers.
Training Center Cape May is proud to present “Turn It Up!”