Thursday, March 5, 2009

Charlie 181

Recruit Company Charlie 181 standing in formation March, 3, 2009 here at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. 

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57 comments:

Sabrina Ferris - Proud CG Mom said...

Great to see a photo of Charlie, but BOY does it look COLD!!!! I hope the weather warms up soon....
We are so incredibly proud of our daughter and can't wait until the 27th. Stay healthy and strong and focus on the goal!

Lean said...

BRRRRRRR!!! I am proud you all are hanging in there with that weather! California is cold and wet now, BUT NOT THAT COLD!!! Keep up the good work!!

Proud said...

Love those colors!

okoa4 said...

SR Payton, your family we are with you in spirit. Charlie 181 you are looking good in formation. Keep striving you will be victorious.

Kim Landry said...

Gosh that looks cold!! South Lousiana is a warm 81. Won't be long Bryan and we will be bringing you home with us to thaw out! We love you so much, Momma, Daddy and Bren!

Proud Dad and former Coastie said...

SR Emms - Charlie 181 looking good in the Cape May snow. Here in Texas, it has been in the 80's for the last couple of weeks and we expect more of the same next week.

So, you know where I've been...on the golf course, of course.

Your little sister had 2 friends over yesterday after school and they went swimming.

Stay warm and see you soon,
Dad

Janet said...

Friday- end of week 5
Just wondering if anyone has received a phone call from their recruit yet? We have not.

Sabrina Ferris - Proud CG Mom said...

No call for us yet....although after reading the other company blogs, it sounds like we may hear anytime in the next few days.
Hang in there Charlie and stay strong! Graduation is just around the corner.

exciting time said...

this pic made a great screensaver..do we see our guy??? Also waiting for the phone call...it may be today!! Hang tough and make today count!! God has us all in His Hands...We are FREE!!!

Janet said...

Saturday, March 7, 9 am PST

Just got a call from our recruit. Sounded great, upbeat, and excited about the Coast Guard. Said he hated it the first 4 weeks, but now he loves it. Jazzed about his assignment to the Cutter Midget out of Seattle. Cruises to Alaska, Mexico, and Japan.

GinaC said...

SR Coulter, I am so so very upset that I missed your call today. I cried like a baby. I did get your message but not the same as talking with you. I had been looking forward to it all week. We can't wait to see you! Miami Beach huh...well you always have loved the ocean. Graduation will be here soon Charlie 181!! Stay strong and know that we love you and miss you so much. Mom, Dad & Joel

DaddyColt said...

Hey Bud - We screwed up missing your call and I can't tell you how sorry we are. I set my cell phone to recognize the number you called from so I won't miss it again. Miami eh? Let us know what we can do to help you get ready to stay down there - if anything. Great to see your company, even if I can't see you individually. We are so proud of you we can't see straight. Stay strong and faithful. Can't wait to see you on the 27th!!

Kim Landry said...

Got that long awaited phone call! It was so great to hear your voice! Can't wait to talk to you next week. We love you so much Bryan. Keep up the hard work and we will see you soon. Graduation is right around the corner and time is flying by now. Love you soooo much, Mom, Dad and Brennan.

kraken said...

Matt C., Greetings from Lincolnville.
Yesterday was bittersweet. So sorry to have missed your phone call. Mom was teaching a class and left her phone in the office. She's been near tears all day over it.
We're very excited to hear of your accomplishments and progress. Nice going on the Sharpshooter qual. Congrats on getting into your rating school! Fantastic news! We're making plans for graduation and will see you soon. Be ready for a road trip!
Congrat's to everyone in your Company! Keep focused, Stay warm!
Love, Eli, James, Mom, and Dad

Sabrina Ferris - Proud CG Mom said...

Got the long awaited phone call this morning! So great to hear my daughter's voice...Incredible coincidence for her, she will be stationed in St. Inigoes, MD - a VERY small town - same one her Dad was born and raised in! She has a lot of family that will be within 5miles of the station...
She's excited about tomorrow - they start firefight training. Only 19 more days - Keep up the good work Charlie 181 - we are all cheering you on!

Proud Dad and former Coastie said...

SR Emms, it was great to speak with you Saturday. I'm glad you were able to be stationed at an Aid to Navigation Team, I know that's what you wanted.

We're glad you'll be close to home, CG ANT Sabine, TX., even though you wanted to go somewhere you've never been.

Bring lots of Mosquito repellant, you'll need it. You think they're bad here just wait until you go down to the Bayou's of TX/LA.

See you soon,
Dad

svensk said...

Princess Iia
I am waiting for that special phone call. We are counting down the days until we all can hug and kiss you.
I know after all this someone needs to be pampered.
How does a BBQ in the sunny Florida backyard sound?
We are soooooooo proud of you.
Love you more then you know.
Mom

Chris's Mom said...

Chris Mom
Sorry I missed your call I will not miss the next one. Wow Guam so far away. Keep up the great work. Graduation day is almost here. 17days to go.

exciting time said...

Reservations made at Hotel!! Soo great to hear "Hi MOM" this weekend!!! Your light is shining through your hard work and dedication to your country! From the East Coast now to the West Coast!!! It is where you wanted to adventure!!We will "STAND" with you and support the Guardians!!God Bless,through Jesus Christ our Lord..Only 17 more days now!!! We are sooo excited!!!Mom and Dad

svensk said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Iia!
You have been in my thoughts ALL day. I hope you know how special you are. Sending you lots of Hugs and Kisses from Us here.

Breath in and feel the love we send you.
Mamma

Judy said...

SR Kemp...can't wait to see you at graduation. I've been reading your companies blog. Your historian is doing a great job with the day to day updates and the photos. Good thing you're an Alaskan with all that snow you all got! I pray you and your company recover quickly from the shots and stay healthy. See you very soon!
Love, Grandma

Proud Dad and former Coastie said...

SR Emms - Happy Birthday.

See you soon,
Dad, Hillery, & Mary Catherine

mama dukes said...

Jessica started her first week with Charlie. Her heart is still Bravo but she will fit right in. She felt she didn't want to intrude on their bonding. Two more weeks and we are their!!!!

G-Mama said...

hello burt We are so proud of you. dad has spoken to your senior Cheif and already knows about your station. You will be living in navy barracks. he also can't wait to go fishing with you. I will be waiting for your call. Love you mom and dad

P.S. are you reading your e-mails

BMCS Sends

hockeymom said...

Thomas Harp we are so glad you are doing so very well!! We are the proudest parents in our subdivision!! The HONOR GUARD IN D.C. is unbelievable!! What an honor that will be. Can't wait until the 27th. Have made all our reservations and counting down the days!! We love you so very much. Mom & Dad

Lisa B said...

Sr Ball So proud of you , can't wait to see you on the 27th and give you that big mom hug . What a great thing you are doing with your life . Wow . Just love seeing the pictures and reading all the blogs hat off to the historian for keeping us all informed .
Love you mom and Grandma

Diana said...

Looking good, looking proud, Charlie! Can't wait to see you in person. Thanks for the journal entries.

Janet said...

On Thursday this week we got a call from our son telling us that he is being discharged due to exercise induced asthma. Must have been the cold air that brought it on as he hasn't had a problem with it since he was 10. Needless to say he is very upset that he won't be able to graduate with Charlie 181. He made many friends, learned a great deal about himself and has the highest regard for his company commanders and the ideas of the United States Coast Guard. I salute you SR Jordan Clay and that I am so proud that you stepped up to offer your service to our country. I will miss reading your weekly journal entries as one of 2 historians for C-181. We appreciate the many details of the ups and the downs of bootcamp. Our love and prayers to you Jordan and to the members of Charlie 181-all the best!

Mark and Janet Clay

Proud Dad and former Coastie said...

SR Clay and the Clay family. I am so sorry to hear about Jordan.

SR Emms is my son, his mother and I were both in the Coast Guard so our family is very familiar with what it means to serve in the USCG.

I am sure Jordan is heart broken, but let me say this. Being less than 2 weeks shy of finishing Basic Training, and speaking from experience, he has accomplished the most difficult and rewarding part of a Coast Guardsman's tenure.
Trust me when I say that this time has NOT been wasted. He will carry with him the lessons learned for the rest of his life.

You also mentioned SR Clay is one of the historians. I personally want to thank him for his hard work with this task. He made the past weeks very comforting to all loved ones of Charlie 181.

SR Clay, I want to salute and thank you as well. Good luck with you future endeavors'.

Kim Landry said...

It was so great talking to you today Bryan and really great that we got to talk for more than 5 minutes. You sound great and actually sound like you're haviing a good time. I'm so glad you're doing so good. I can't wait for you to call back tonight and I really can't wait till we all fly up there!!! Love, Mom

hockeymom said...

Thomas it was wonderful to hear your voice last night!! You seemed focused and strong and so much more mature than when you left. What has the Coast Guard done to you in 8 short weeks!!!! We are so very proud of your accomplishments yet you have had many challenges you have had to face. Can you believe you only have 13 more days before graduation. No matter what Mother Nature throws our way we WILL be there!!! She doesn't dare fight all the parents and family of Charlie 181!! Continue to stay strong and keep your head up and we will see you very, very soon!! We love you so much. Mom & Dad

Sabrina Ferris - Proud CG Mom said...

Had a great call from my daughter yesterday....she was so happy to have some liberty and be able to hear the voices of loved ones. It sounds like Charlie 181 is coming together as a unit - can't wait to see all of them in their dress blues at graduation!
She said that getting letters has been the best part, so keep on writing - only 12 days to go!
Stay strong and healthy - we are so very proud of ALL of you.

Janet said...

Dear Proud Dad and former Coastie,

Thanks for your kind words of support in regard to SR Clay. Know that the entire Clay family will be, in spirit, with the entire Charlie 181 family on graduation day as you stand proud and tall. We respect and honor what C 181 has done and what they have chosen for their future. We know Jordan is a exemplary young man who has a bright future ahead of him; the Coast Guard was just not part of God's plan for him. Go Charlie 181 - Go Jo!!!!

Over and out.

mama dukes said...

To Sabrina Ferris: Got a call from my daughter Jessica, your daughter and mine went to a movie together on Saturday, glad to see she hooked up with an old Bravo. Hope they enjoyed but I hear they have been gettin into some trouble in the company. A 2 mile run...ouch, my Jessica sprained her ankle again but is doin her best cuz she wants to graduate with Cahrlie. See you on the 27th.

GinaC said...

SR Coulter - So good to talk with you Sat. Can't wait to see you next week! Way to go with the Color Guard!!! Love you and miss you - Mom, Dad, Joel
Stand tall and proud Charlie 181.

GinaC said...

Charlie 181 - Thank you so much for the journal entries. Your strength of resiliency is truly amazing. You get back up and keep trying even harder each time. It will all come together for you in due time. We are cheering for you!!! All our love to SR Coulter - Mom, Dad, & Joel

Juls said...

Looking good Charlie 181. That was a cold day. Better days and weather to come. 6 days later it was 70 and you were running in your short sleeve shirts. Keep working toward your goal of becoming a Guardian. Much pride for all of you. See you at graduation.

Mom and Dad

Chris's Mom said...

Happy Birthday SR Gibson. Keep your chins up Charlie 181. All of you are doing a great job. Only NINE days to go.

Kim Landry said...

Bryan...Daddy, Brennan and me are so ready to board that plane and head up there to see you! Sure hate to leave the 80 degree weather though. Can't wait to get you home and thaw you out! Ony 9 more days!! Yeah Charlie 181!!!!! Love, Mom

exciting time said...

Sounds as if Charlie Company is being stretched! So many life lessons learned in such a short time!! God has your back and knows all the struggles as well as the triumphs..Every day moves us closer to the finish line..thank you for keeping our families on board with the journals. They were presented in such a positive way which gave us a window into the life of our family members!! We cannot wait to see everyone on the 27th to share the pride of the United States Coast Guard!!!

Pam! said...

Great thanks and blessing to you SR Jordan Clay and "our" other company historian for the many hours spent keeping the families in touch with our beloved recruits! You each have done a fabulous job and words can not fully express how indebted we each are to you both.

To you dear Jordan, it breaks my heart to hear that you will be leaving the company. Be proud of your extraordinary accomplishments and always know how deeply you have touched our lives not only through your journals, but in the fact you gave so freely to serve our nation! May life always be kind to you and your family and may every experience make you stronger and wiser!

Thank you so very much! :)

dreamchaser said...

So sorry your sister and I missed your call SR Van Gieson...at least you got to speak to Dad and Kate who filled us in. Hard to believe only 8 days to go till graduation! You've had your highs and lows Charlie Company but we know you will be just fine! With all the prayers, letters, and good wishes from all of these families who believe in you because of your persistent determination, you will prevail! Hang in there! We're so proud of you! Thanks to for the great journal updates by historians with a great attitude and good sense of humor! Love from Mom, Dad and Kelley

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mama dukes said...

Got a sad letter from my Jessica, company wasn't doing so good, had a CC walk out on them and quit. WOW what happen!!!! One more week and you are there!!!

Uncle John said...

Hey SR Santos! We are all sooo Proud of you! From what I've heard, your gonna be eating lots of lobster soon! Portland is a great city. We are looking forward to seeing you on the 27th. Semper Paratus

Sabrina Ferris - Proud CG Mom said...

Had a LONG talk with my daughter yesterday...sounds like Charlie 181 is coming together! Only five more days - amazing. CC Reno had them all buffaloed into thinking he quit, according to Amelia, he wanted them to feel the disappointment that he felt when they let him down - sounds like he made his point! It was so good to hear the excitement and pride in her voice. Looking forward to meeting all of you next Friday!

kraken said...

Praying for your continued focus, strength, and team work in your last week Charlie. You've come a long way, I can hear there's a proud young Guardian on the other end of the phone line now, no longer the boy that left home several weeks ago. Proud of you. See you soon.

Once more... GO CHARLIE!

mama dukes said...

Had a few phone calls on Saturday. Sounds like they had a GREAT time on leave!!! 4 more days. It's been a long 8 1/2 weeks. Can't wait to meet you all on Friday!!!

exciting time said...

We are so thankful all has come full circle for Charlie Company...to hear the confidence in our guardians' raspy voice we now know all the lessons are learned and the victory has been won!...how great to get such high scores on their finals!! They are the best company and have achieved our deepest respect!! We look forward to Friday...March ON!!!!

dreamchaser said...

Like all of you, we are so very proud of all new guardians (in 4 days) of Charlie 181 who have successfully made it through a tough, but rewarding training. We are looking forward to seeing them standing tall and proud on Friday at Graduation and meeting all of you! One sad sidenote-our son Mike will not be coming home with us after Graduation, but must stay behind because he has bilateral hernias and needs an operation. That phone call was a shocker! He will be operated on, on Tuesday the 31st at a hospital in Cape May Courthouse, so we will be coming back down then. He will have two weeks to recuperate at home then back to Cape May for 2 weeks light duty until he is cleared medically to report to his next duty station, which may change now.

Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. The support here has been terrific and we are grateful for this place where we could all share this memorable time in our children's lives with one another.

proud parents and sister of SR Van Gieson

DaddyColt said...

SR Coulter - I sure am proud of #1 son. I'm thrilled each time I hear your voice - even for a few minutes. Can't wait till this Friday when we get to see you all decked out and proud - GO CHARLIE 181!! Look out for the new Guardians!

Kim Landry said...

Last post...leaving to head up there. Can't wait to see you Bryan and meet the rest of Charlie 181. We are so proud of you as well as all the other recruits. Love, Momma, Daddy and Brennan

exciting time said...

Dreamchaser.....Appreciate so much your best wishes for Company "Charlie" even though your own Guardian has met a challenge that was unexpected..please know we will be praying for quick healing and strength for his journey as he recovers. God has been involved in every step and nothing gets past Him! We pray this in the name of Jesus ....

SR Clay said...

Yeah, Charlie! I knew you guys could pull it together. It's like my favorite pirate saying - "The beatings will continue until morale improves." I wish I could have been there to tough it out with you but that's neither here nor there. Just know that I miss you guys, I miss getting my butt kicked with you, I miss squaring my meals with you. Is that weird? I wish you all well this week and I'll offer an early congratulations for Friday. I'm so proud of all of you and hope we can keep in touch in the future. jordan-clay@hotmail.com
Your old shipmate - SR Clay

svensk said...

Hi
I wanted to take this time and thank YN1 Durrant,Chief Reno and Petty Officer Rosas.I wont be able to be there and shake your hand and show appreciation for the hard work you have done. Reading my daughters(one of the historian) writing how this company has shaped up is amazing to me. BRAVO to you all.
We are a Retired Navy EOD family, now embracing our new family member U.S.Coast Guard

Again Thank you,
Family Bell

kraken said...

Company Commanders of Charlie 181.
Please accept my sincere thanks for your efforts and actions in the forging of these new Guardians. A company of Charlie's size is no easy task to whip into shape. My hat's off to you. Thank you for a damn tough job that all-too-often goes unrecognized. Fair winds and following seas YN1 Durrant,Chief Reno and Petty Officer Rosas.
Thank you.

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