NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - An assignment to a Hawaii-based cutter that conducts migrant interdiction operations has special meaning for U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadet Marlon Camejo.
His father was picked up by the Coast Guard off Key West, Fla. as he attempted to leave Cuba in the early 1990s.
The 22-year-old cadet from West Palm Beach, Fla. was among 212 seniors at the academy who learned Thursday where they will be assigned to serve after graduation.
Camejo, who moved to the U.S. from Cuba when he was 14, told The Day of New London that he has seen firsthand how the Coast Guard can make a difference in rescuing migrants.
Most of the seniors were assigned to cutters. Eighteen cadets were assigned to flight school, and eight are going to jobs on-shore.