Tue, March 31

Cadet First Class Mitchell P. Schumacher

Cadet First Class Mitchell P. Schumacher, of Cottonwood, was one of 229 cadets to graduate from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy here with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.

During commencement exercises, graduates of the Class of 2011 will receive their commission as ensigns in the U.S. Coast Guard from President Barack Obama.

A 2006 graduate of Mingus Union High School, Mitchell is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Schumacher of Cottonwood.

Mitchell’s first tour of duty will be aboard Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea as a Student Engineer.

“Graduating from the Coast Guard Academy is the biggest accomplishment of my life and I could not have done it without the support and strength I received from my family and friends back home in Arizona. A special thank you to Katie, Mom, and Dad for the talks, pictures, cookies, and support. I attest my success to your support by made the hardest thing I have ever done seem like a walk in the park, I love you,” said Schumacher.

The Coast Guard Academy’s mission is to educate, develop, train and inspire leaders of character. In order to graduate officers of the highest caliber, the Academy offers a comprehensive program that emphasizes academics, physical fitness, character and leadership.

Graduates go directly to positions of leadership in the Coast Guard and are obligated to eight years service, five of which must be active duty.

For more information and to set up an interview, contact the public affairs office at (860) 444-8270.

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