>Faithful readers, it's been a while since I've written this and I do apologize. It's been quite a patrol, and the sticky-notes on my mirror counting down the days until we return to homeport don't seem so ominous anymore. We're into the duldrums of the patrol but we're excited for one thing: The Winter Olympics! My ship gets the Armed Forces Network (AFN), a television channel ran by the DOD that sends us commercials, sporting events, and popular TV shows. While we don't have much selection over what Olympic event we watch, whatever's on has spectators!

The hockey Finals are coming up, and while I doubt the American hockey team is thinking anything about the Coast Guard, we're wishing them luck!

– LTJG Hudak

P.S. It's cold outside. Really cold. -27* with windchill in fact.