North Carolina crew gives recruits glimpse of buoy tender life

CAPE MAY, N.J. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Elm is scheduled to take two recruit companies underway Thursday from Training Center Cape May to observe buoy operations at 12:30 p.m.

The commanding officer of the cutter Elm, Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Powell, is the recruit company mentor for companies X-ray 177 and Yankee 177 and shares his mentoring responsibilities with his crew.

“We have been honored to serve as mentors for X-ray 177 and Yankee 177 over the last month. It has been a pleasure to answer their questions and share our experiences about the time we have spent in the Coast Guard. I honestly believe that taking some time out of our schedule to spend time with these recruits has increased their enthusiasm about the Coast Guard and made them even more eager to serve as Coast Guard women and men.”

The recruit company mentor is one of the most influential people during boot camp. Mentors play a key role in developing the civilian men and women who enlisted into highly motivated apprentices needed to do Coast Guard work. Mentors help instill accountability for performance, the will to succeed, and a commitment to excellence. A vital partner in the “Three Team Commitment” between recruiting, recruit training, and first unit, the Mentor bridges training and the first unit by preparing recruits to meet the field’s expectations.

The cutter Elm is a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Atlantic Beach, N.C. The cutter’s missions include: Aids to navigation, search and rescue and law enforcement.

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