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S: Aaron's USCG Boot Camp 2011

FC: US Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, NJ | Aaron Lee Gowin | March 21 - May 13, 2011

1: "No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation" Douglas MacArthur

2: Aaron Lee Gowin USCG Enlistment 3/21/2011

3: Richard Lee Gowin USCG Active 5/19/1969 - 5/15/1978 USCG Reserve 5/16/78 - 8/31/1998

4: The journey begins....

6: April 8, 2011

7: Coast Guard Recruit Company Whiskey 184 weekly journal posted April 12, 2011 TRACEN Cape May, N.J. U.S. Coast Guard Whiskey 184 weekly journal This week, Whiskey Company 184 began an integral part of recruit training – Seamanship classes.The recruits of W-184 learned about vessels, aircraft, tying various knots, helmsman commands, and the company was tested on all subjects thoroughly. Classes outside of Seamanship included Assignments, Advancements, Missions & Traditions, and Leave and Liberty. In terms of physical fitness, W-184 learned water survival, and spent two days on Lifecycle bike training in order to enhance our endurance for the Week 4 Physical Fitness Exam. Chaplain Miller paid the company a visit on Wednesday, similar to Father Barrett’s last week, and W-184 spent a significant amount of time learning various new marches and learning how to scrub the squad bays flawlessly in preparation for our upcoming Week 4 inspection. The company really pulled together the last few days, and is gelling better than ever. Teamwork and leadership is becoming more and more apparent, and we look forward to the challenges ahead.

8: April 14, 2011

10: April 17, 2011

12: April 24, 2011

13: Coast Guard Recruit Company Whiskey 184 weekly journal posted April 25, 2011 TRACEN Cape May, N.J. U.S. Coast Guard Whiskey 184 weekly journal Week Five for Whiskey Company was the most eventful week to date. First and foremost, the company finally received orders to our respective assignments within the Coast Guard. Related to the reception of our orders were classes centered around them, such as a travel class detailing how to get to our stations, a Coast Guard network class on how to obtain information about and how to report to get our assignments, as well as a second visit by Master Chief Wallace, who was able to answer many questions and respond to many concerns made by the recruits of Whiskey 184. Whiskey Company passed thorough uniform and squad bay inspections by the company Section Commander Chief Garry. Considering the previous inspection was not as pleasing as the company had expected, the good remarks made by Chief Garry lifted the recruits' spirits. Other events included our comprehensive Seamanship Mid-Term Examination, which resulted in a 94 average for the class, and obtaining our dress uniforms. Like the orders, getting the dress uniforms perked up the company a good bit, and made becoming an actual Guardian all the more real. Another note in regards to getting closer to graduation was the creation of the "Da Vinci" team, which was formed using 13 recruits in order to prepare the company t-shirts and ditty bags to visually represent the eight-week long challenge that Whiskey 184 has undergone. Week Five presented Whiskey Company with many challenges towards becoming official members of the United States Coast Guard, and with each challenge came a more real feeling of obtaining our mission of becoming enlisted members of organization. The finish line is becoming more and more visible, and the recruits are anxious to see what Week Six will produce.

14: Home sweet home ....

16: Looking good Whiskey 184!

17: Coast Guard Recruit Company Whiskey 184 weekly journal posted May 3, 2011 TRACEN Cape May, N.J. U.S. Coast Guard Whiskey 184 weekly journal This week was a very busy and progressive week for Whiskey 184. In the classroom, Whiskey underwent fire fighting training with Petty Officer Zammiello. Teams of five were faced with a life-like fire fighting simulation. Recruits had to not only put out the "fire," but we also learned hose handling and took part in an equipment practical. Also, this week Whiskey company's military status became official with the acquisition of our military identification cards, known as CAC cards. The company's long-awaited goal of obtaining on-base liberty was achieved this week as well. Recruits spent their time on the phones, at the exchange, and at The Harbor View, an on-base restaurant on the water. At the end of the day, some recruits even enjoyed a movie, and had some personal time to do uniform maintenance and other related tasks. After Sunday's weekly company run, Whiskey company took part in Senior Chief Brannon's clever game of "hide and seek" to earn our company flag, known simply to us as our "colors." Our squad bays were a mess, our uniforms were mixed up, and our racks were strewn about. But when all was said and done, Whiskey company had our colors, and the recruits were pleased with an incredible ending to an incredible week.

18: I am America's Maritime Guardian. I serve the citizens of the United States. I will protect them. I will defend them. I will save them. I am their Shield. For them I am Semper Paratus. I live the Coast Guard Core Values. I am a Guardian. We are the United States Coast Guard! We Are Whiskey 184!

19: Mother's Day run May 1, 2011

20: Off-base liberty May 6, 2011

21: Coast Guard Recruit Company Whiskey 184 weekly journal posted May 10, 2011 TRACEN Cape May, N.J. U.S. Coast Guard Whiskey 184 weekly journal Graduation 5/13/2011 Whiskey 184 wrapped up its final full week of training in week seven. Our week started off with our final weigh-ins, where recruits were pleased with their respective new weights. Next on our busy schedule came our close order drill test which we nailed with a perfect ten. Our company commanders were very pleased that whiskey did well after all their hard work teaching and perfecting our movements. The males of whiskey received their final haircuts in preparation for graduation. Most were excited about receiving this haircut in particular because that meant we were close to graduation day. Our orders also came in and the yeoman came to assist us in making sure they were correct and helping us sign them. Following a Thursday night cram session with Petty Officer Blair, Whiskey took our final exam on Friday morning. Once the scores came back, Whiskey 184 learned we received the academic pennant for our high average. Saturday, the day Whiskey had been looking forward to since week one, finally arrived, off-base liberty. Though the activities may have seemed rather ordinary to civilians, for Whiskey, they were extraordinary. Most recruits spent their day on go-phones talking with family and loved ones from home, enjoying a movie and popcorn, shopping at the local Wal-Mart, going to the boardwalk, touring downtown Cape May and a nice dinner at lucky bones and various other restaurants in town. Needless to say, Whiskey 184 enjoyed their day out and on the town. Our week came to a close with our final off-base company run. Accompanying us this week and calling our cadences was Chief Ruchser, Petty Officer Fisher, Senior Chief Brannon and Petty Officer Blair. Our run was three miles through town as senior company leading the junior companies. We also finished up most of our final lessons and the company is beyond excited to be entering its final week of training.

22: May 13, 2011 - Graduation Day One last march . . . .

24: May 13, 2011

26: May 13, 2011 | Well done Whiskey 184!

28: May 13, 2011

30: Congratulations Aaron! You made the commitment, stayed the course, and achieved the goal.

34: P R I D E | HONOR | May 13, 2011 | C O M M I T M E N T | H I S T O R Y | I N T E G R I T Y | E x c e l l e n c e

35: S E M P E R P A R A T U S

36: Aaron Lee Gowin | Richard Lee Gowin

37: R | Richard L. Gowin US Coast Guard | USCGC Southwind 11/69 - 7/72 | Aaron L. Gowin US Coast Guard

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