October was filled with hands-on training, VIP guests, and another great showing at drill down for BOTC 124. October started out with a tour of USCGC JUNIPER, courtesy of ENS Andrew, and NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow at Naval Station Newport. For many, it was their first time aboard a NOAA or USCG vessel. It gave the class a realistic view of their future and increased their excitement as Billet Night approached.
A number of VIP guests, including the USCG Commandant ADM Zukunft, RADM Poulin, RDML Gautier, and NOAA CAPT Moran visited the USCGA last week to spend time with BOTC 124 and OCS Class 1-15. The interactions with the Flag and senior officers gave the class a sense of pride in service and a chance to ask questions in an informal setting.
Members of BOTC 124, OCS Class 1-15, and USCGA 2nd and 4th class cadets participated in the time-honored tradition of a drill down exercise on 09 October. This event involved two integrated teams learning various drill techniques, INDOC knowledge and competition procedures. In turn, it increased camaraderie between NOAA Corps/Coast Guard OCs and cadets, promoted professionalism, partnerships, and esprit de corps. Officer Candidate Farrell (USCG) and ENS Fifield (NOAA) were awarded 2nd and 3rd place finishes, respectively.
BOTC 124 recently completed Basic Safety Training and Advanced Fire Fighting and have the following courses scheduled with Captain John Herring (NOAA, Ret.): Shiphandling, eNav, and Nav II. The class had a fun-filled day of “Base Camp” activities on 17 October while simultaneously earning senior status. Senior status increases their responsibilities by taking full ownership of the program. Also, REFTRA 77 is on deck giving BOTC 124 an excellent opportunity to network with co-workers and get to know some of their prospective shipmates they will soon be working with in the field.
CAPT Lawrence T. Krepp, NOAA
|01-05 December 2014||Mid-Grade Leadership Week 1|
|05 December 2014||Uniform Awards Board|
|02-06 February 2015||Mid-Grade Leadership Week 2|
|LT Christopher W. Daniels||30 November 2014|
|LTJG Leslie Z. Flowers||19 December 2014|
|LT Erik Norris||01 January 2015|
|ENS Abigail Kernan-Schloss||01 January 2015|
|CDR Jeffrey Hagan||01 January 2015|
|LT Michael Davidson||30 January 2015|
|CDR Peter Fischel||01 February 2015|