Coast Guard Graduation – My Boy is a Coastie 

 August 28, 2020

By  NickLitten

Coast Guard Graduation, Cape May (Yankee-198 August 28th 2020)

I don’t often cry but I certainly had the Dads Damp Eye Syndrome watching my eldest boy, Nathan, graduate from the US Coast Guard boot camp today.

Coast Guard Graduation
CAPE MAY, N.J. – Seaman Nathan Litten is selected as honor graduate for recruit company Yankee 198 as they complete boot camp at U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, Aug. 28, 2020.

The Coast Guard’s goal is providing the right people, with the right competencies and experience, to the right place, at the right time in order to accomplish our missions, while continually developing our workforce through superb leadership.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Josalyn Brown

With Covid/19 rocking the world – this is the first time us parents were unable to attend the graduation ceremony for our young Coasties. These young men and women have all been through stringent quarantine procedures before embarking on their two month beasting at Cape May Coast Guard Bootcamp.

Much as I would have loved to be their physically – the Coast Guard did a great job of broadcasting the graduation live on Facebook. I wasn’t too sure if the Facebook stream would stay online, so I recorded a screencast for us to watch in the future:

With Nate being awarded the Honor Graduate position it makes me bust with pride.

I’m jealous of the adventure this young Seaman is embarking on.

Nate – if you’re reading this on your long chilly deployment with the Antarctic ice cutter Polar Star (you are still a lunatic for choosing that posting!) I just want to say again how proud I am of you. Enjoy this adventure. You are certainly going the road less travelled and I, we, can’t wait to see you once you get a chance to visit home.

Proud Coastie Father


IBM i Software Developer, Digital Dad, AS400 Anarchist, RPG Modernizer, Shameless Trekkie, Belligerent Nerd, Englishman Abroad and Passionate Eater of Cheese and Biscuits. Nick Litten Dot Com is a mixture of blog posts that can be sometimes serious, frequently playful and probably down-right pointless all in the space of a day. Enjoy your stay, feel free to comment and remember: If at first you don't succeed then skydiving probably isn't a hobby you should look into.

Nick Litten

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