Mexico City, June 22, 2018 – William Duncan, Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, presented a US Coast Guard Academy Nomination Certificate to SEMAR Cadet Manuel Altair Gutierrez Rodriguez. Gutierrez Rodriguez will attend the US Coast Guard Academy from 2018-2022.
A cadet of the Heroic Naval School, Manuel Gutierrez was born in Veracruz. He is the oldest of four children. His interest in the naval vocation came from his father, a Captain of the Merchant Navy, who told him anecdotes about what life was like for a sailor. At age 17, Manuel entered the Heroic Naval Military School, and is currently finishing his second year in the Naval Systems Engineering career.
When Cadet Gutierrez met CDA Duncan he said, “I am excited to be participating in the academic exchange with the Coast Guard Academy of the United States of America (USCGA), in order to develop professionally, to further develop my English language skills, and to learn about American culture while I endeavor to be a good representative of Mexico.”
The US Coast Guard Academy experience challenges mind, body and character. Whether on shore, sea or in the air, Coast Guard cadets develop professionally through rigorous challenges and character-building teamwork exercises that stress discipline, drive and service above self. The experience is not for all, but the rewards are many. On May 10, 2018, the USCGA issued a nomination certificate to Cadet Gutierrez, by which it tendered an appointment as an International Cadet in this Institution.
Mr. Duncan wished Cadet Gutierrez well, adding, “Student exchanges between the United States and Mexico provide students from both countries with the skills and experience they need to be successful and deepen the strong ties between our two nations.”