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Coast Guard Cadet Luis Garcia

May 28, 2008 – U.S. Coast Guard Cadet Luis Garcia entered his fourth year at the academy as a civil engineering major and is currently working as an intern at the Facilities Engineering Division at the Coast Guard Telecommunication and Information Systems Command in Alexandria, Va.
In a few weeks he will complete his internship and report aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bluefin in Ft. Pierce, Fla.
In 2005, he received a full scholarship. Since then, he has sailed to Europe and the Caribbean aboard the CGC Eagle and made port calls to Spain, the Canary Islands, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and others. He was also a crew member aboard the CGC Chase during a southern pacific patrol that included port calls all along western South and Central America. During this patrol, Cadet Garcia was instrumental as a language translator for counter drug operations that seized several tons of cocaine.
He achieved a GPA of 3.39 during the previous semester along with a busy schedule of activities. He is a member of the Compañeros Club where cadets, faculty and staff members with an interest in Latino culture and traditions come together for fun, mutual support and service to the community. The current community service project is helping at El Centro de la Comunidad, in downtown New London, Conn. He is also, a member of the Association of Naval Service Officers and the National Naval Officers Association and returns to the Virgin Islands regularly to recruit potential academy candidates.
He is the son of St. Croix resident Anna Foster.
Founded in 1876, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy has a tradition as one of the finest and most selective colleges in America. The smallest of the five federal service academies, the Coast Guard provides a four-year bachelor of science program with a full scholarship for each individual. Unlike the other federal service academies, however, there are no congressional appointments.

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