Today is the first full workday for the 80 cadet officers that reported yesterday. By now they have stowed all their gear, have been given work assignments, and are turning to. These early arrival cadets have to cope with some challenges – since we are just now building steam pressure after yesterday’s light off, they had to walk over to the dorms to get a hot shower – and their meals have been very limited to cold sandwiches. But today they had a hot breakfast, and I am told the hot water should start running by noon.
We have nearly a full staff of crew and officers working – about 15 engineers, 12 mates and Comcad duty officers, and nearly forty crewmembers. Every department is making sure that we are all ready to receive the full cadet complement which will arrive starting at 0800 tomorrow.