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“I love the Coast Guard and I love being a part of the crew responsible for training Coast Guard Cadets in leadership skills and line-handling techniques. The best thing about it is the responsibility it takes to lead and train these cadets. We’re all one big happy family aboard the Eagle, but we train them hard to be better leaders and better people.”

- Thomas, Coast Guard | Coast Guard Cutter Eagle

Editor’s note: To help foster connection and understanding between civilians and service members, we created this series, “Front & Center,” and traveled to USO locations around the world to speak to troops about life in the military and the everyday things they love. Here’s what they had to say.