Hold Inspections & Hold Captains
If your room is messy at home chances are someone will tell you to clean it but, on the Kennedy, no one tells you to clean, they just to expect it. To make sure everyone is doing their part in keeping areas clean there are nightly hold inspections. Since the hold is where cadets sleep, hangout, and spend a decent amount of time, they can get pretty messy.
To keep some sense of order, there are hold captains for each specific hold. These cadets are either 3/C or 1/C cadets that applied to have the added responsibility of being the person to decide what needs to be done to keep the cleanliness standards high. They were picked by the ship’s regimental staff and let me tell you that their job is not easy. They are responsible for keeping control of the females or males in their hold.
The three cadets in charge of my hold are 1/C Jaleni Rodriguez, 2/C Alison Collins, and 2/C Tina Ruggeri. Jaleni said that being a hold captain is fun and enjoyable. Tina shared that it is a very rewarding experience. Alison added that it is a nice extension of being a squad leader. Overall the job is hard but worth it. We wouldn’t be able to have a successful Sea Term without our hold captains.
This is the board in COMCAD that lists each hold captain and the hold they are responsible for.
This is the door to my hold.
Immersion Suit Addition
Ever since the El Faro incident a few years back, the Maritime Industry has been under scrutiny for their safety procedures. Recently the Massachusetts Maritime Academy has updated some of their safety equipment and purchased a large amount of immersion suits. Immersion suits are used in emergency cases where there is a need to abandon ship. A person would don the suit, then proceed to abandon ship. These suits allow an individual to stay relatively warmer in the water. During their fall semester freshmen year, all cadets attending Sea Term are required to take a course called Vessel Familiarization. Throughout the course cadets learn how to properly use these suits as well as other lifesaving equipment. The instructors require cadets to properly put on the suit, jump in the water the correct way, and perform some tasks.
These are the life jackets and immersion suits that are set up for each person. The immersion suits have a number attached to them that corresponds with one person on the ship. It's a way to track where people are if the ship goes down.
Sun’s Out - Cadets Out
Since we’ve been in warmer weather the decks have covered in cadets sunbathing and taking advantage of the nice breeze. With that being said, there are a lot of sunburnt cadets walking around in pain. No one thought to put on sunscreen even though the sun here is very strong. Now they’re paying the price. Everyone is ready for port days where we can just lay on the beach, hopefully remember sunscreen, and enjoy the nice weather. After hearing from my Mom today that where I live is only 12°F, I can’t complain about the sunshine!
NOTE: Health Services brought 25 gallons of sunscreen onto the TS Kennedy for Sea Term 2019. Pump dispensers of sunscreen are out on the deck for cadets and crew to use...for free! Come on cadets!
Here are some sun safety posters that we wish the cadets would read and follow.
Cell Service Tomorrow
We are scheduled to pull into Mayaguez, Puerto Rico tomorrow around 0800. Cadets are excited to finally have cell phone service and download those few shows they forgot. I’m sure everyone will be in plastered to their cell phones once we have even a glimpse of service. The plan is to stay in Puerto Rico for a few hours to do some anchoring drills for the Marine Transportation majors to practice. I’m just ready to call home and see what’s going on!