NEW COAST GUARD ACADEMY APPOINTEES BEGIN THEIR CAREERS ROCHESTER, NY- On Saturday, 16 June 2007, Coast Guard Station Rochester will host five Western New York appointees to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's Class of 2011. The five young men and women will be joined by U.S. Coast Guard Academy alumni representing both active duty and retired officers, including two former Academy faculty members. Several parents of current cadets and recent graduates of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy will also be present. This unique event provides these appointees an opportunity to discuss the rewards and challenges of attending one of the nation's premier academic institutions and hear words of encouragement from those who graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. In addition to meeting other members of the Coast Guard "family", the new appointees will have their first opportunity to get underway on the Coast Guard Station Rochester's 47-foot Motor Lifeboat and observe a multi-unit training evolution with one of Coast Guard Air Station Detroit's H65 "Dolphin" helicopters. These young men and women from Western New York received their appointments to the US Coast Guard Academy based on their academic and sports achievements, community service, and leadership potential. As an appointee, each of these individuals will be attending the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for four years at federal government expense. An equivalent scholarship would be valued at $250,000 to $300,000. Given that approximately 300 appointments are awarded each year, selection of five young men and women from western New York to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy reflects highly on the quality of candidates in the area. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is regarded as one of the most selective colleges and universities in the country. These prospective cadets are not only embarking on a challenging academic and leadership learning opportunity; they represent the future leaders of America's premier maritime military service. On 2 July 2007, these five new appointees will report to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT and begin their "Swab Summer" or the "boot camp" training regimen for incoming cadets. As the smallest and perhaps most distinctive of the four military service academies, the mission is to graduate leaders of exceptional character who will serve a minimum of five years as commissioned officers in the United States Coast Guard.