Many thanks to the Cadets and adult volunteers who helped with the Back2School Expo.
Four Sea Cadets very ably represented the Alamo Battalion at the San Antonio Back2School Expo on August 3, as they told students and their parents about their varying Sea Cadet experiences, how to become a cadet, and how the Sea Cadet Corps is helping them prepare for the future.
Fall is a great time to join the Sea Cadets. New Cadets will get to know their shipmates, be able to earn their uniforms by completing their Basic Military Readiness Training, and pass their Physical Readiness Tests. By completing these tasks, cadets are eligible to attend Sea Cadet "boot camp" at locations throughout the US. New cadets can participate in drills during the school year, which include September's trip to the National Museum of the Pacific War, October's rifle marksmanship training, Firefighting, camping and more. Anyone who is interested in joining us should review our Join Us page and contact our Public Affairs Officer to arrange a visit.
Many thanks to the Cadets and adult volunteers who helped with the Back2School Expo.
With regret, we have had to change the dates for the September drill due to a change in the availability of museum staff. The new dates are 21-22 September. The plan is to have two large duty vans to transport cadets from the SAMMC visitor center to Fredericksburg. Cadets should plan to meet at the SAMMC visitor center at 0630 on Saturday, 21 September. Cadets will be transported back from the museum to the SAMMC visitor center on Sunday. Details will follow.
We know that changing the date of a drill one month before it happens can be an inconvenience to cadets and their families, and for that we apologize. However, we hope that the cadets who attend the September drill will agree that being able to participate in the living history reenactment was worth the change.
We are proud of all of our cadets when they successfully take on the challenge of Sea Cadet Advanced Training. We are especially proud when one of our cadets is named the Honor Cadet of their training contingent. BZ to Cadet PO3 Paul Conroy, who was named Honor Cadet in Submarine School (Advanced) at Naval Base Kitsap and the Trident Training Facility Bangor, WA.
Cadets at the two-week training course learned fundamentals of engineering for communication systems, fire control, sonar, hydraulics, air systems, ballast/compensation/trim and drain. They were also able to navigate a simulated submarine, using the same bridge and control room simulators used by US Navy submariners. A highlight of the school was a tour of the USS Pensylvania (SSBN-735), including visits to the missile compartment, missile control center, officers' wardroom, control room, torpedo room and more.
PO3 Conroy thought that Submarine School was the most authentic training he has experienced of the six he has attended. He enjoyed being trained by active-duty sailors using real equipment on an operating Naval base. Unfortunately, most of the training was conducted where cameras are not allowed, so we do not have many photos to share on this post.
However, Submarine School was not PO3 Conroy's only summer training. He also attended a two-week Master-at-Arms school in Riverside, CA, where he was trained by a number of civilian and military police forces, including Marines from the Special Reaction Team at Camp Pendleton. The photos below provide just a taste of the training opportunities available to Sea Cadets.
Bravo Zulu to Cadet Wesley Frederick on his successful completion of Sea Cadet recruit training this summer and promotion to Seaman Apprentice. He is excited to be a Sea Cadet and is committed to honor the memory of his grandfather (photo, right) who passed away only one week prior to Cadet Frederick's training. The photo on the left is of his great uncle, another Navy veteran who was also very ill during the same week.
Cadet Frederick returned from RT with a stronger commitment to his goal of serving in the United States Navy and is eager to experience the challenges of Sea Cadet advanced training.
We are excited about partnering with the National Museum of the Pacific War for our September drill. The museum is a truly moving and informative tribute to the veterans of World War 2 in the Pacific Theater. Our cadets will not only be able to experience the museum as visitors, but they will be staying overnight at the museum and exploring the museum's Pacific Combat Zone.
Cadets will not want to miss this drill. Our volunteers are working on finalizing transportation plans and schedules, and the POD will be published at least a week before. We hope that all of our cadets will join us at this amazing museum in Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz's hometown.
With school starting again, and the Sea Cadets nearly done with summer training, it is time for drills to start up again. Our first drill will be August 10-11. The POD is available on the Shutterfly site, and on the battalion website homepage. This will be a fun drill, beginning with swim qualifications (and hopefully some waterslide runs). On Sunday we will have a STEELBEACH picnic at the NOSC for cadets, parents and visitors.
There should be a good number of prospective recruits in attendance. This is a great time to join, because recruits will have plenty of time to start their BMR work and earning their uniform before the winter holidays. If you have friends who are interested in becoming a sea cadet, send them to our "Join Us" page for instructions.
We hope to see everyone at drill to catch up with shipmates and exchange their summer sea stories.
Three of the Alamo Battalion's Sea Cadets learned a range of seamanship skills at Texas A&M University in Galveston Texas. The Alamo Battalion's Cadet PO3 Isaac Arredondo, Cadet PO3 Christavella Arredondo and Cadet SN Paola Quintanilla practiced navigation, damage-control and other seamanship skills during a one-week training.
Cadets participated in an advanced shipboard navigation simulator, learning how to navigate a large open ocean vessel. Cadets also drove high speed vessels in response to emergencies, learned how to plot navigation on charts, and we able to go underway in a merchant marine vessel.
Bravo Zulu, cadets!
Some of the toughest advanced training in the Sea Cadets is at the Naval Special Warfare Orientation Course in Panama City, Florida. The Alamo Battalion congratulates Cadet Seaman Apprentice Zachary Vasquez on earning the NSCC Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman (SWCC) Device, marking him among the elite of the Sea Cadet Corps.
Cadets in NSWOC training are in either the SEAL, SWCC or EOD Tracks, each of which is conducted in four phases: Conditioning, Water Operations, Land Warfare, and Scenarios. Of course, cadets get wet and sandy.
Later, cadets from all tracks receive firearms training. SEAL and EOD cadets are familiarized with explosive demolition and explosive breaching demonstrations. SWCC Cadets participate in waterborne boat operations including insertion/extractions/cover techniques and Boat maintenance.
All NSWOC cadets participate in squad contact drills, E&E Drills, operational planning, communication, navigation, and other classes relating to the specific training tracks.
BZ to Cadet SA Vasquez and all his shipmates in the NSWOC 2019 graduating class. To learn more about NSWOC training in the Sea Cadets, visit their website at nswoc.org.
In the Sea Cadets, summer is training season. The Alamo Battalion's cadets have travelled coast-to-coast this summer for advanced training. We are so proud of what they've accomplished that the next few posts will highlight some of what our cadets have been doing.
The Alamo Battalion's Cadet Petty Officer First Class Kobe Mora practiced his leadership skills in two summer training sessions: Medical Field Operations and Recruit Training, where he served as a staff cadet -- a senior enlisted training billet where he supervised the cadets undergoing training.
In Medical Field Operations, cadets learned about providing basic and emergency medical care in the field. In Recruit Training, the Sea Cadets' "boot camp", PO1 Mora served as a teacher and mentor to new Sea Cadets, and an example for recruits to follow. The gallery below shows some of what PO1 Mora did this summer. How did you spend your summer?
The Alamo Battalion is hosting the Petty Officer Leadership Academy this week, and what could be more appropriate than a trip to the Alamo. Twenty cadets from New Jersey to California came to the Alamo City to make the transition from Sea Cadet followers to Sea Cadet leaders. They studied a variety of subjects to prepare them for their anticipated promotions to leadership billets in their home units, learned from the experience of Army and Marine Corps combat veterans, and had fun practicing marksmanship, small boating, and doing lots of PT.