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Diversifying the Coast Guard one at a time: 1/c Stephanie Miranda

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp pauses at the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn Memorial. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

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.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: First Class Cadet Nicholas Woolfolk

Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet Nicholas Woolfolk poses for a photo outside Hamilton and Chase Hall at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., February 2019. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin.

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.

Developing the way for a Coast Guard space program

The satellite communications ground station sits on the roof of Smith Hall at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. The main feature inside the radome is a 3-meter diameter parabolic dish antenna and communications components that ensure proper signals are transmitted to and received from the satellite. U.S. Coast Guard illustration by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin.

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.

Sailing for gold

Ens. Nikole Barnes and her sailing partner, Lara Dallman-Weiss, sail in Miami. Photo courtesy of Dean Barnes.

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.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: GM1 Charlie Petrotto

Photo illustration of GM1 Charlie Petrotto by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin and Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole Foguth.

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.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: YN3 Dominique Rogers

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.

Future Leaders: Navigating the international waters of the Coast Guard Academy

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.