Monday, August 16th, 2021
The startling awakening greets the Youngies once again in the morning. When stepping outside for physical training, it usually is still pitch black. The stadium lights come on at 0500. The Youngies get to watch the world awaken.
The companies that weren’t already preoccupied with scheduled events, attend morning formation. All other companies march out onto the football field at approximately 0750 in a unified fashion. Standing at the head of the formation is the Regimental Staff; 1/C Cameron Craviero, the Regimental Adjutant, and 1/C Daniel McAuliffe, the Regimental Commander (RC). The RC calls the Regiment to Attention and everyone pays their respect to the flag.
Today, there was a variety of activities for Cadet Candidates. Some of these activities were sailing and rowing. This took place at Herring Pond, located in Plymouth 15 minutes from campus. Here, the Maritime sailing and rowing teams practice during the Fall semester. Marine boat drills take place at the Keith Rodgers Sailing Center, Massachusetts Maritime Academy waterfront training ground.
Today, 4th company had their Sailing and Rowing block of instruction at the pond. All companies are scheduled to spend a whole day at the pond.
Intramurals continued with companies competing in different events and facing different opponents. Today, a massive dodgeball game took place on the baseball field where 1st company took on 3rd company.
1st Company Vs 3rd Company
The Youngies had an amazing opportunity to train with the Barnstable Fire Fighting Academy today. The instructors taught them about shipboard fire fighting. During the lessons, they learned about how to roll, hold, and spray water using fire hoses. Another station was the Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). Everyone learned to wear and operate the air packs. The third station was putting out a fire with a fire extinguisher and hose. Fire Fighting is one of the company unit awards that will be presented at the Orientation graduation.
It was another great day to learn and become closer with shipmates! Cadets 1/C Blakely, SGA President and 1/C Aldakhlallah, Intramural Officer, held fabulous team-building exercises to build camaraderie and unity among the companies. Massachusetts Maritime Academy is more than just an academy, it is a family.