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04 Dec 2011 06:48 PM
Congratulations on the orders. Where are you moving from, is this going to be a big adjustment? When someone is assigned to a cutter, expect them to be gone about half the year. The size of the cutter determines how long each trip might be. With an 87, you are looking at a couple of weeks a month, give or take. They go out for about 5 days, home for 5, out for 5, home for 5. More or less... that can shortened or lengthened depending upon mission. From what I hear, an 87 is great service. Gears is the one you would want to talk to, he has been on 87's and is really hoping to go back.

I sure hope you are both excited about your orders and looking forward to the new adventure! Best of luck. Let us know if you have any other questions that we can help with.
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04 Dec 2011 08:54 PM
Thank you very much! I am very excited about our orders and always looking forward to what the Coast Guard has in store for us! I am beyond proud of him too! That sounds good to me, thank you for the information. It is a big adjustment but one that will gracefully happen. Him leaving was an adjustment itself Getting his phone calls are exciting right now for me so moving somewhere totally new with him is even better!
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Posted By Old Guard2 on 17 Nov 2011 02:45 PM
For all people, no, that isn't a normal feeling. For some people, sure it is. I thought for sure Jim was just going to go on his merry way without me after boot camp. We lived in NJ when he was in boot camp so when he got his off base liberty at week 7 I drove down there. Back then they actually got 24 hours liberty. I was parked across a baseball field from the barracks, just waiting. Well here comes this Coastie across the field. I was actually arguing in my own head with myself... "That's Jim. No it isn't. Yes it is, that's him. That's not him, he is totally different from Jimmy." Then this Coastie just grabbed me, kissed me, hugged me so tight, grabbed the keys to his jeep and off we went together.

Point to the story... I had my doubts too! It was a LOOOOONG 7 weeks and I missed him so much. But the second we touched, kissed, hugged, saw each other all those fears just washed right away. They will for you, too! I promise!!



I think this story is awesome. I know once we see each other its going to be great and probably just like before, if not better.. Distance makes the heart grow fonder! C: The kind folks that took Mike and his bunk mate (is that correct?)on Thanksgiving sent me pictures and he does look different so I get what your saying with that part. Graduation day all around is such a great thing to look forward to!

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04 Dec 2011 09:17 PM
By the way... here's a picture of my husband and if you're on here, one of your husbands on Thanksgiving..


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04 Dec 2011 09:25 PM
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04 Dec 2011 10:26 PM
Do you have any idea where he will be working? I thought maybe I could find a base or something on google maps, but when I searched for USCG Seattle, there were several hits. If he is 3 months on, 3 months off, he works at the station during the 3 months off, right?

I'd like to find a place close to it, but I don't know where to start!
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05 Dec 2011 05:20 AM
Old Guard - My son is going to Lakeworth, FL. Do you know anything abouth the location. Do they have barracks for him to stay in. He didn't say anything about being on any boat. Would you have insight to Lakeworth?
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05 Dec 2011 07:05 AM
@Leah - The 3 or so months they are in port they are still on the ship. Doing maintenance work, chipping, sanding, painting, standing duty... they don't go to the station when they are in port. The ship IS thier station. Unless for some reason there is a "sharing" situation like Colin just had with the Seneca. Although I don't think that happens all that often.

@Sweetie - http://www.uscg.mil/d7/stalakeworth/default.asp That is a good place to start. That gives you some unit information.

MEMBERS WITHOUT DEPENDENTS

IS MESSING AVAILABLE- Yes

QUARTERS AND/OR BARRACKS AVAILABLE - Yes

RATE OF AUTO INSURANCE FOR TYPICAL 18-20 YR OLD SINGLE MALE: $250
SINGLE FEMALE: $200

IS UNACCOMPANIED PERSONNEL LEASED HOUSING AVAILABLE - No

WHERE WILL A SINGLE NON-RATE MORE THAN LIKELY LIVE - Barracks

SHOULD MEMBER SUBMIT HOUSING APPLICATION TO HOUSING OFFICE - No

WHERE DO MOST PEOPLE BANK – Any national chains available

IS THERE A CREDIT UNION IN THE AREA - No

IS THERE A MALL IN THE AREA – Yes, 2 Malls HOW MANY STORES 50 -75

That is from the unit information sheet. If you google "Unit information sheet Lake Worth Inlet" you should be able to find this. It is a PDF so I can't attach a link. But easy enough to locate. Hope that helps.
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05 Dec 2011 08:00 AM
We got our call yesterday from our son, he will be going to Portsmouth New Hampshire to the Tahoma, is anyone familiar with that location or that cutter?
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05 Dec 2011 08:38 AM
The Tahoma is a 270' cutter. It is pretty good duty. Here is a link to their homepage... http://www.uscg.mil/lantarea/cgcTahoma/

As a piece of trivia... Have you ever seen the movie "The Perfect Storm"? The boat that was actually involved 20 years ago was the CGC Tamaroa. However it was the Tahoma who played the part of the Tamaroa.
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05 Dec 2011 08:52 AM
Does he need to get housing on his own? He is single with no dependents.
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05 Dec 2011 10:09 AM
He will live on the ship for at least the first 4 to 6 months. After that, I am not sure if there are barracks there or if he would be allowed to go live on the economy. That is something he will find out when he gets there. But he will not be needing housing when he arrives. The ship has a bed for him, he'll sleep there.

Seriously... get him flannel sheets and a polar fleece blanket. The ship is warm but it isn't toasty warm. Even if it is warm enough, he can sleep on top of the blankets. Colin has a great polar fleece blanket and he stays quiet comfy in his rack when the cold nights hit Boston. (My son is also on a 270, the Seneca out of Boston.)
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05 Dec 2011 10:39 AM
OldGuard2, will my husband have to live on the ship? Or does he come home every night? (aside from the 3 months that he's underway of course)
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05 Dec 2011 10:49 AM
He will come home at night except when he has duty. Then he is required to be on the ship for 24 hours.
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05 Dec 2011 05:54 PM
I received another phone call this a.m from my husband. He said that in order for him to come home (to Texas) after boot camp, WE, ourselves have to pay for that ticket otherwise we can meet him in Port Angeles, WA... this doesnt sound correct to me as I think they know he would need to come home to get us moved up there. We purchased the ticket for him today.

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05 Dec 2011 07:00 PM
Hi! I just joined. My son is going to be in Portsmith, Virginia. Is anyone else from Yankee going there?
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05 Dec 2011 07:19 PM
I heard from my son and he told me that they get the value of transportation from Cape May to their duty station. Any variation in cost is the responsibility of the recruit. We also purchased a ticket for him to fly home with us and then to his duty station.
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05 Dec 2011 09:47 PM
My son asked me to purchase his ticket home after he recieved orders(XRAY 185) He was glad he asked me because ticket would have been double what I paid for him to fly home with me after graduation but I waited for him to ask because wasn't sure of how many days before he had to report, he has 12 days, 10 leave, 2 travel YEA!!
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06 Dec 2011 12:54 PM
The weekly journal has been posted.
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06 Dec 2011 01:09 PM
So, OldGuard, the company earns their colors when they start working together, right?

And is it a big deal that they lost their colors? Is it something that is going to get their on base liberty taken away?
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06 Dec 2011 01:33 PM
Sounds like they had a good week and ended rough by loosing colors to the opposition (Company Commanders). Sounds like they will be working so hard to get them back!

I want to know - Who is writing the journal? It's amazing and it keeps you wanting more!

My son got his orders and will be going to Grand Isle, LA on the CGC Sturgeon. I found out that his recruiter was stationed on the exact same cutter and is a plank owner because he was the 1st crew to work on it! Small world!
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06 Dec 2011 01:45 PM
My husband said that a recruit named Harral (Harrel?) is writing them.
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06 Dec 2011 01:49 PM
There is a recruit in each company that is assigned to write the journals. They either volunteer for the job or are voluntold to do it. But generally it is very well written. There is no input from the CC's. That is up to each recruit for that specific company to write something that friends and family will enjoy reading.
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06 Dec 2011 05:47 PM
Im a bit lost again. On the facebook page they are saying the night before graduation, there is a dinnerthe night before grad. but the recruits will be across the street having a pizza party? Im so confused which night the dinner is on? Also, my husband told me to stay here for graduation, he wants to come home right after. Is this something anyone else is doing? He said that flying with the baby and strapping a carseat to a shuttle and so on wouldnt be worth the one day I would be there. BUT if theres a dinner the night before then its more of a two day trip right? thanks for the help
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06 Dec 2011 08:40 PM
Hi everyone. Decided to join since I read this everyday. My daughter got her orders to USCGC Mellon which she is every excited about since her father lives in Seattle. She wants to drive there so she will have a car. My question. Is this a good idea ? Will she really need her car there ? Not sure she'll even have time to do that. Appreciate any advice. Arlene
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06 Dec 2011 11:52 PM
The dinner is on base, and its for the family of the recruits. The recruits will not be there. As mentioned on FB, they will be having a pizza party You do not see your recruit at this dinner. However, you may meet some of the CC's, and I heard they may show a video of the company during boot camp. The dinner is Wednesday evening, and graduation the following day.

I'm flying with my 5 mth old daughter. Very nervous about flying with a baby, but I'm not missing the graduation for anything! Its a once in a lifetime event.
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07 Dec 2011 05:15 AM
RM, Welcome aboard. Congrats on the orders for your daughter. She will probably want her car. It isn't a bad idea. They are given additional time if they are driving. They are given 1 day per 350 miles, that is from Cape May to Seattle. So if you live in Duluth, Minnesota that mileage is calculated as if she is driving from Cape May. So she will have plenty of time. I would want to go without my car.

Leah, Colin's first flight, he was 5 WEEKS old. Yep, 5 weeks. It was only a short flight, a little over an hour. There were more flights after that. Our longest flight at his youngest age was from Kodiak, Alaska to Newark, NJ at 8 months. People got off the flights (it took 4 to get all the way to Jersey) and they said they had no clue there was even a baby on the flight! We never had any problem at all flying with him. I did the 8 month old trip by myself with him. He was fine. Just remember to have a bottle ready & available at take off and landing, it will help pop her ears. Also, remember to tell yourself this is no big deal, this is a piece of cake, not a single worry... Babies pick up our moods. If you are anxious or worried or nervous she will channel your emotions and she won't be a happy, relaxed little girl. Good luck, traveling isn't that difficult with a baby... the worst part is going to be the TSA and all that mess. After that, all fun!
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07 Dec 2011 08:18 AM
OldGuard, thanks I'll probably be so excited I won't even notice if shes upsetting other passengers.
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07 Dec 2011 10:31 AM
@Leah - I flew alone with Riley when she was 3 months old - piece of cake, then again when she was 6 & 8 months, that wasnt bad at all as well, I had Michael with me. In October of this year, we took Riley (headed into her terrible twos) to Vegas and she wouldnt sit still or down. It was difficult at times and there were two of us!
So though I'd love nothing more than to be there for the graduation it just doesnt seem rational from the plane ticket worth 800 dollars at the moment (which we can not afford unfortunately) and doing all the shuttling, taxi-cab, plane change alone with a one and half year old. Take lots of pictures for me!
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07 Dec 2011 12:04 PM
have him order the graduation video for you. Then you can watch the graduation, if not actually be there! It sucks that plane tickets are just so darn expensive!
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