In today’s increasingly global world, understanding diverse cultures and embracing differences is essential to success. Given the challenges and far-reaching missions of the Coast Guard, wise cadets seek to strengthen their understanding of other cultures and faiths, while growing in their own tradition. As a result, they better understand themselves, those with whom they serve, as well as the public they will encounter.
But what happens when you are the only one like you, past and present?
Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet Stephanie Miranda is a first generation Indian-American, the only cadet of Indian heritage at the Academy, and the first documented Indian-American woman to graduate from the Academy.
Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet Nicholas Woolfolk, a mechanical enginnering major from Accokeek, Maryland, uses his position as a member of the Coast Guard Academy Leadership Diversity Advisory Council and president of the Genesis Council to help his fellow shipmates feel welcome and appreciated for who they are. Woolfolk takes pride in being a beacon of light on campus, an advocate for love, authenticity and respect. Read more here to learn how Woolfolk means to make his mark on the Academy.
There is a new landmark at the Coast Guard Academy and it is helping to launch the Coast Guard into an era of space operations.
The satellite communications ground station on the roof of Smith Hall was built by the Coast Guard Research and Development Center to support the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Polar Scout project, which successfully launched two CubeSats in December 2018, and will soon support a broad range of educational opportunities for cadets.
Ens. Nikole Barnes, Class of 2017, plans to sail her way to gold in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. To get there, she has kicked off her three-pronged campaign in order to train with her partner Lara Dallman-Weiss. Barnes hasn’t done this alone, her goals have been supported by the Coast Guard, her coaches, the Coast Guard Academy and the Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association. This marks the first time the Coast Guard has extended orders to an officer to train and compete in the Olympics Games.
Cadets of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy recently had the opportunity to listen to former United Nations Ambassador John D. Negroponte’s perspective and experiences on leadership and lessons in governmental affairs during the 23rd annual Coast Guard Foundation Hedrick Fellowship.
As the armory supervisor at the Coast Guard Academy and a competitive shooter, Petty Officer 1st Class Charlie Petrotto has been able to follow his passion for competitive shooting by working with the cadets on the shooting teams and hone his own skills as a marksman. Petrotto’s personal commitment, marksmanship and experience has brought in a fresh perspective to competitive shooting at the Academy.
Football, America’s pastime conjures up thoughts of rivalries, college, good food, better friends, and of course Super Bowl. We cry when our team is defeated and rejoice as if each win is our own. Some people dream of being the star player and some dream of being the star player’s coach. Petty Officer 3rd Class Dominique Rogers, a yeoman at the Coast Guard Academy, is living that dream right now coaching the Philadelphia Eagles after being awarded the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship.
Coast Guard Academy Second Class Cadet Darius Adams, a native of Nassau, Bahamas, has distinguished himself as one of the top Academy athletes winning the national championship in the long jump at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May.
Derek Victory, a first class cadet at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, has one of the greatest last names in sports. He has been the Bears’ starting quarterback since winning the job four games into his freshman season and over the past four years; Victory has rewritten the Coast Guard Academy record book.
Four years at a military academy is arduous for the most prepared students, but navigating through those years as an international cadet adds an extra layer of difficulty. Language barriers, culture shock, and homesickness can make studying in another country almost impossible. One such student is First Class Cadet James Myazoe of Marjuro, Marshall Island.