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  1. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    Picked this book up recently and found that it was a good read....who knew that the Coast Guard was involved in so many different missions! :thumb:
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Felt a little bad for Rob Foos....but it was a good book.
     
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    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    Rob Foos? What part of the book is he in? I found it really interesting how much the USCG is involved with over in the Middle East...seems like they are busier than the Navy!:cool:
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Rob Foos was the regimental commander who spoke to the author. It's in the Boot and the Factory section, about the academy. The quote was "I wondered if he had any friends in the world."

    There were two ways you could read that...although I think most will default to the negative idea.

    Rob is in fact a good guy. :thumb:
     
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    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    Oh I remember that part now!...Haha what's he doing now in the fleet? Yeah, I remember that the Rugby team was the divisional champ...pretty sweet deal! :thumb:
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    He's the CO on an 87'.
     
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    CGC Sea Dragon, apparently. Don't mean to stray too off topic but what's the typical path to 87 skipper? Is it as "simple" as going to a boat and doing really well or is there more to it?
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Afloat first tour, do well, and put in to screen for command. Some who don't screen may get XO jobs on 110', 140' or 170'.
     
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    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    Would you say that it is more interesting being the CO of an 87' or the XO on the 110'? If I remember correctly, there is a section in the "Warriors" chapter that talks about life aboard a 110' in the Persian Gulf.
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    There are two O-2 billets on a NAG 110', XO and OPS.

    Any time you have your own cutter, it's good. Would you rather be the man, or the man's right hand man?

    I would rather be the CO of an 87' than XO of 110'.

    Some, not too common, went afloat for their first tour, were XO or OPS on a NAG 110' for a year, and then returned to be CO of an 87'. That's a lot of afloat, and I wouldn't call it common, but it has been possible. By the end of that, you will have your permanent cutterman's pin.

    Then, maybe go to grad school or a staff tour. You're a mid level O-3 at that point, and pretty soon ready to take command of a 110'.
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Rob was a DWO on CGC CYPRESS before taking his own 87'/
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I would also rather be XO on a 140' than a 110'. 140's are the best kept secret in the Coast Guard. Awesome boats.... :thumb:
     
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    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    Sorry, but what does OPS and DWO stand for? What makes 140' boats so awesome? The type of missions that they do?....Good to know all of this info! :thumb:
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    NAG = North Arabian Gulf
    DWO = Deck Watch Officer
    OPS = Operations Officer
    XO = Executive Officer
    CO = Commanding Officer
    87' = Marine Protector Class cutter
    110' = Island Class cutter
    140' = Bay Class cutter


    140's are ice breaking tugs. They do some LE in the summer, some SAR, and in the winter they break ice. You can see them breaking ice on the Great Lakes and Hudson. Most of them are out of Great Lakes ports, but there is one in New London, CT, two in Bayonne, NJ, and one (I think) in Maine. It's a very small community.
     

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