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Coast Guard Academy first-class cadets receive their first assignments as officers during Billet Night in the Leamy Hall ballroom on the Coast Guard Academy campus Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Published: March 7, 2013

First-Class Cadets Colleen Patton, second from right, of Levittown, N.Y., and her fellow cadets Josh Surgeon of Portland Ore., Vincent Knaeble of Temecula, Calif., Matt Martin of Nixa, Mo., blocked from view, and Katie Romas of Silverdale, Wash. celebrate after reading that their first assignments as officers will be the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman stationed in San Diego, Calif.

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