ISS4 2016

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Tall Ship Cruise Offers Learning Opportunity for Master Chief and Cadets Alike Story and Photos by PA3 Charlotte Fritts, 5th District PADET Baltimore When Master Chief Janine Tschantz-Hahn logged on to the Mobilization Readiness Tracking Tool (MRTT) to search for active duty opportunities earlier this year, she couldn't have anticipated it would take her on a trip across the Atlantic aboard our service's tall ship. But scanning through MRTT listings to find ways to fill her summer months turned into the start of a once-in-a-lifetime journey aboard the Coast Guard Cutter BARQUE EAGLE. "Immediately when I saw that it was the EAGLE, I got excited about it," said Tschantz-Hahn. "From the very first time I saw the EAGLE, I thought that it would be an awesome experience to sail on her." This year, the Coast Guard Academy's summer training program recreated the maiden voyage taken in 1946 to bring America's Tall Ship to the United States. Tschantz-Hahn applied to a solicitation aboard EAGLE that would take her to Ireland, England, Portugal and Bermuda before returning to the East Coast. After 24 years of service as a Coast Guard boatswain mate, Tschantz-Hahn is no stranger to getting underway, though she'll admit going out for a day or two at a time is nothing like living aboard a vessel with 150-plus cadets and crewmembers for three months. "Before I came here, I always felt a little weird calling people 'shipmate' because I'd never been on a ship," she said. "I gained a whole new respect for people who are cuttermen and have extended sea time." As the ship's master-at-arms (MAA), Tschantz-Hahn was responsible for maintaining the ship's high standards of cleanliness from day-to-day, as well as briefing the arriving cadets, crewmembers and guests on issues important to their health and safety. For Tschantz-Hahn, serving aboard the EAGLE provided an opportunity to try something new and step outside her comfort zone. "I've never been an MAA before, but with my experience I Rese R vist Magazine s hip M ates in Focus U.S. Coast g uard Cutter Barque e agle Captain Matthew Meilstrup presents an o rder of the Square Rigger certificate to Master Chief Janine t schantz-Hahn and Chief John Babson during the final Captain's quarters of the 2016 Cadet Summer t raining Program, a ugust 11, 2016. t he o rder of the Square Rigger is issued to Coast g uardsmen who spend ten weeks sailing aboard e agle 38 RESERVIST � Issue 4 • 2016

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