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    U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May N-198 Honor Graduate



    Story by Seaman Apprentice Josalyn Brown 

    U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May

    CAPE MAY, N.J. – Seaman Madisyn Rich from Commerce City, Colorado, earned the title of Honor Graduate after graduating the U.S. Coast Guard’s 8-week basic training at Training Center Cape May, April 15, 2020.

    Rich was presented a plaque on behalf of the Navy League that is presented to the recruit who has the highest final overall standing. Rich is authorized to wear the Coast Guard Honor Graduate Ribbon on her uniform.

    Capt. Kathy Felger, the commanding officer of Training Center Cape May, presided over the ceremony and advancement of the 88 graduates of recruit company Mike -198. Training at boot camp is difficult and approximately 20% of recruits do not graduate with their original company.

    Rich’s company earned multiple awards during their 8-weeks of training, such as high mid-term scores, high final exam scores, physical fitness, marksmanship, and seamanship. November 198 also earned the Lead Company Commander, Section Commander, and the Battalion Commander pennants earning them the Coast Guardsman pennant. Otherwise known as a clean sweep!

    Training Center Cape May is the 5th largest base in the Coast Guard and the sole accession point for the entire enlisted workforce. It is considered the birthplace of the enlisted corps or the Coast Guard’s Hometown.

    Training Center Cape May’s mission is to transform the recruits of today into the Coast Guardsmen of tomorrow.

    “Being selected as Honor Graduate was honestly a surprise to me and I am very grateful to have been chosen as someone who was deemed fit to receive such an amazing award. I would like to thank my Company Commanders for pushing me to go harder and faster, as well as everyone who supported me through the process of getting into the Coast Guard,” said Rich. “I would tell those who are going through a hard time to look for the light at the end of the tunnel and keep persevering because nothing lasts forever and everything has a purpose whether you can see it or not.”



    Date Taken: 04.15.2020
    Date Posted: 04.15.2020 13:38
    Story ID: 367451
    Location: COMMERCE CITY, CO, US 
    Hometown: COMMERCE CITY, CO, US

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