The Alamo Battalion is taking a few weeks off as its members attend various Sea Cadet trainings across the country. We will resume drilling in August. We have a tentative date of August 21-22 at the NOSC, and we will update members as we know more. Enjoy the summer!
As of now, we are still on for boating and other activities at JBSA Recreation Center Canyon Lake.
Directions are here: https://goo.gl/maps/g4tQhYpG46R32TbL6
A map of the facility is here: https://jbsatoday.com/sites/default/files/2018-08/CL-Map-2018.pdf
We are meeting at the Marina Pavilion.
Note: on Saturday, our command will determine whether to cancel the Canyon Lake portion of the drill. The weather appears to be a problem. Monitor your email for information. if Canyon Lake is cancelled, we will meet at 1600 at EVO Entertainment in Schertz: https://g.page/evoschertz?share.
On Sunday, May 23, we are planning a very busy drill. We will begin with boating on Canyon Lake and wrap up with a fun trip to EVO Entertainment in Schertz. Finally, we will say goodbye to our Skipper, LTJG Joe Lamendola, who is PCSing to Baton Rouge. Don't miss it!
We are excited to be meeting in person for April Drill. Current Cadets should follow the instructions on our Shutterfly site.
For prospective cadets:
We are meeting on Saturday, April 17, 2001 at Mission Espada, 10040 Espada Rd, San Antonio, TX 78214, This is NOT an overnight drill.
Prospective cadets should report to Mission Espada promptly at 0815. The unit will be leaving at 0845 on a two-mile march to Mission San Juan. Your child will not need everything in the Prospective Cadet Visit Guide, because this is not an overnight visit. Have them wear appropriate and comfortable shoes and a ball cap. Sneakers should be fine. We will not be picky about clothing, but whatever your children wear should be neat and not bear inappropriate illustrations or messages. If you have a camelbak or similar hydration pack (required equipment if you join), or an easily wearable canteen, please have your child bring it filled with water. They will get thirsty as they march in formation with our cadets to Mission San Juan.
Please bring $15 in cash in an envelope with your child's name written on the outside of the envelope. This "drill fee" offsets our cost of supplies and food for the cadets.
We have activities planned at Mission San Juan for the cadets, followed by an awards ceremony for current cadets at 1415 (2:15 PM).
Pick up will be at Mission San Juan, 9101 Graf Rd. San Antonio, TX 78214. at 1500 (3:00 PM).
If you are planning to attend, please follow the instructions regarding the first four pages of the application form found at How to Join. Make sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us that you are planning to attend.
Cadets and prospective Cadets!
April 17 will be an in-person drill. Details will be released soon regarding location and the Plan of the Day.
For now, save the date. We are excited to see everyone in person.
The Alamo Battalion is conducting a recruiting call via Zoom on Sunday, 28 March 2021 at 1400. We will be available to answer questions about the Sea Cadets and the opportunity to attend Sea Cadet Recruit Training (our "Boot Camp") for the summer.
If you are interested in learning more about the program, please send an email to ENS Conroy at email@example.com, and he will provide you with the Zoom meeting information.
Not only is it literally almost Spring, but the Sea Cadet program is showing signs of coming out of its COVID pandemic enforced hibernation. NHQ has begun sharing information about the summer training season, so this is a good time for cadets to start figuring out for which ATs they want to register. It is also a great time for prospective Sea Cadets to join us.
We are working on ensuring that we have a place to drill in April, May and June. We are also making sure that any new cadet recruits have a chance to attend an in-person RT this summer. Expect more information soon.
For now, keep doing your coursework, keep practicing for your PRTs (no pass, no training registration), and finish your school year strong.
A video briefing parents on the summer training season is below, and I highly recommend it for all cadets and their families.
The news could be better. COVID cases continue to be very high in San Antonio, stressing the local healthcare system, and damaging the local economy.
The Alamo Battalion is very fortunate to have active duty Sailors make up most of our volunteers. Unfortunately, the Navy is their first boss, and to protect the health of those Sailors and their San Antonio shipmates, the Alamo Battalion is unable to drill in person for at least three months.
The news may change and get better, or as we have seen, it could get worse.
We will be staying in touch with Cadets via virtual drills. Cadets should knock out those training courses as well so that they can advance in rate.
As of now, we have no official news concerning Summer Advanced Training or Recruit Training.
We ask prospective Cadets and their families to remain patient. We really want you to join us, but only when it is safe for you do do so. We are be unable to welcome prospective Cadets until we can safely meet in person again. Please check the website for updates. If we learn anything more, we will share it with you at that time.
Stay healthy! Stay fit!
Achieving the rate of Chief Petty Officer in the Sea Cadets is a tremendous accomplishment requiring years of training and effort. It is rare for a unit to have a Chief. In fact, the Alamo Battalion's prior two CPOs graduated during the COVID pandemic, leaving us without a Chief for six months.
Now, the Alamo Battalion is fortunate to have two new Chiefs to supervise our Cadets. Bravo Zulu to CPO Christavella Arredondo and CPO Isaac Arredondo, who pinned on the anchors of a chief on Saturday, December 5 at a ceremony at San Antonio's Mission Concepcion.
We congratulation Chief Arredondo and -- err -- Chief Arredondo, who have proven themselves to to motivating and trustworthy leaders. The Alamo Battalion is in good hands.
Because of the local rebound in COVID-19 cases, the Alamo Battalion has curtailed its in-person drill activity. We remain alert to the current overall situation, the guidance of the NSCC NHQ, and social distancing requirements of Bexar County and the City of San Antonio. We will be evaluating our ability to safely conduct in-person drills on a month-by-month basis.
For prospective Cadets, we ask for your patience. Feel free to contact our PAO (firstname.lastname@example.org) for updates. We have not made a decision concerning January.