My name is Coleman Maitland, and I was a member of the U.S Naval Sea Cadet Corps from August 2015-August 2020. In my time with the sea cadets I learned many things, but the main takeaway that I will have for the rest of my life was the life and leadership skills. Before I joined I never thought about a career or leadership nor what it even was. Then my first year I saw a Chief Pinning Ceremony and I thought to myself “I want to be there someday.” Though I never made it to Chief I still ranked up and became the Leading Petty Officer of the unit. I had many great teachers show me how to be strict yet still have a little fun, that sometimes people don’t just need someone to tell them what to do but to show them how and let them know mistakes are always going to be made. You just have to learn from them. Not only did sea cadets instill leadership skills in me but they also helped me figure out what I wanted to do for my career. My whole life I grew up thinking I wanted to be an engineer, but with sea cadets and the numerous training opportunities I learned that it was not for me. I am currently attending Powerline Worker School at Southside Virginia Community College. I never would have gotten where I am today without the USNSCC and I am grateful for everyone I met and learned from in the program.
My name is Alexander Liu and I am currently a 4/C Midshipman at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The United States Naval Sea Cadets was instrumental in helping me achieve my childhood dream of attending USNA. The Sea Cadets was the first program that really introduced me to the Navy and career opportunities in different communities as an officer and enlisted. It was through the Sea Cadets that I got my first tour of the Naval Academy. The most important factor that Sea Cadets has taught me is valuable skills of peer leadership and intrapersonal communication. Another important experience that the Sea Cadets have taught me is the ability to keep going after failure. My first application to USNA was unsuccessful and I ended up having to do a Rat Year at Virginia Military Institute. I used my failure to motivate me to work hard and reapplied to USNA and was successful. The countless training and teamwork opportunities learned through my team at Sea Cadets has allowed me to have a different perspective in the Naval Academy. Overall, I would not be where I am today without the help of the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps. .
Joshua Panek was with the AMERICA Division from Mar 2020 - Jun 2022. He is currently at Virginia Tech in the Corps of Cadets on a leadership scholarship with the Corps in the Navy track. He is in the 4th Battalion, Band Company and will try out for the band (Highty Tighties). His degree is Computer Science.
Robert Henry II was with AMERICA Division from Aug 2012 - Jun 2019. He started as a League Cadet and graduated as a PO3.
He joined the Navy and was in the band platoon during boot camp and played during his graduation.
He is currently in San Diego, California and recently ranked up to FC2 (Fire Controlman) as well as E-5.
My name is John Davenport. I was with AMERICA Division from May 2011-Jun 2015, and I graduated as a CPO. I joined the Marines in 2016, volunteered with the sea cadet unit in San Antonio while I was in corpsman A school, and from there I went to marine corps air ground combat center, 29 palms, CA. I worked in the anesthesia department in the hospital, learning and doing a lot of critical care medicine and skills, responding to cardiac arrests and other emergencies within the hospital and managing the vitals of those in surgery. I also worked at the Adult Medical Care Clinic which provided care strictly to Marines in the various school houses and units without organic medical personnel, so I was doing things like range coverages and going to the field making sure everyone stayed safe, treating whatever emergencies there were and otherwise assisting whatever mission they had during the coverage. In 2019 I came to the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON which is undergoing its midlife refueling which is a 4 year long process. While I’ve been here, I’ve been primarily assigned to sick call and production tasks, working to keep the crew healthy and get the ship back to life. Because of the skills I learned in 29 Palms, I was able to cover down during manpower shortages for our medical providers and evaluate and treat my own patients under supervision. I’m currently the primary care team work center supervisor, overseeing 9 corpsmen in the daily completion of sick call, appointments and emergencies. I also had the opportunity for temporary assigned duty (TAD) aboard a guided missile destroyer, the USS TRUXTUN for 4 months, assisting with deployment work ups, underways and operational tasking, assisting in their graded evolutions before deployment and even counter surveilling a Russian spy ship. I also got to attend hospital corpsman trauma training at University Hospital In Cleveland, OH which was 8 weeks of working in a Level 1 trauma center and a trauma ICU, learning more in depth about trauma medicine, and I was fortunate enough to be selected as the honor graduate for my class. I’m slated to transfer to 5th Marine Regiment in Camp Pendleton California in a few months after completion of field medical training battalion, where I’m going to screen to be a special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman and hopefully attend the pipeline so that I can be stationed with marine recon and MARSOC. I got to the ship as a hospitalman (HN/E-3) and am leaving as an HM2 which is very hard for us in our rate because of our advancement quotas.
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