Posted by: arbeam | November 14, 2014

U. S. Naval Sea Cadets Kitsap Battalion Summer Events 

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The Kitsap Battalion had a very busy and productive summer in 2014, volunteering in several community service events, participating in summer trainings, and continuing to develop as a unit.

The summer got off to a great start with the Kitsap Battalion providing security for the Whaling Days event in Silverdale.  Cadets were responsible for manning the barricades and providing security for the duration of the three day event.  Cadets worked a total of thirty-six hours over the course of the event.  The unit also had the opportunity to improve unit cohesiveness and morale by camping nearby in order to ensure seamless staffing.  In their interactions with the public the cadets of Kitsap Battalion were excellent representatives of themselves and the core values of the U. S. Naval Sea Cadets organization.

For their service at Whaling Days, the Kitsap Battalion received $1000.00 which has been earmarked to assist participating cadets in paying for summer training in 2015.  Half of the cost of one training in 2015 will be paid for each cadet who participated in Whaling Days.  Consideration is also being given to using a portion of the funds to pay for a possible live fire training being planned for Spring 2015.

The Kitsap Battalion’s summer continued with 4 cadets attending Sea Cadets Recruit Training, 6 leaguers attending Navy League Orientation, and 1 cadet attending Petty Officer Leadership Academy.  Kitsap Battalion also had one Instructor, Instructor Sue Dunn, acting as an escort at Recruit Training.  All of these trainings were held at Camp Rilea Joint Forces Training Center in Warrenton, Oregon.  Kitsap Battalion is extremely proud of Cadet Taeza who earned Honor Cadet at Recruit Training. In addition to the involvement of the Kitsap Battalion at the Camp Rilea trainings, one officer, LTJG Gorak, was present at Seamanship training in Alameda, California.

Following the summer trainings, the Kitsap Battalion had two additional opportunities to serve the community.  On Saturday, 20 September, the cadets provided parking direction for Keyportfest 2014.  The Battalion was completely in charge of all parking operations and direction for the one-day event.  This event was especially meaningful to the cadets due to the fact that Naval Base Kitsap-Keyport is the location of their current drill hall and that the proceeds from Keyportfest 2014 went to supporting the North Kitsap Band and maintenance of the Keyport park.  This event was carried out smoothly and with a level of professionalism that reflected the seriousness with which each cadet took his/her duties.  The second community service opportunity came only one week later as the cadets performed their final parking direction evolution of the year.  As in years past, the Kitsap Battalion was proud to provide parking direction for Brownsville Appreciation Day, held on Saturday, 27 September.  Once again the cadets showed exemplary bearing as they directed drivers and ensured the security of the parking areas and were proud to support an event where the proceeds benefit four local schools.

Close_Order_DrillAlthough not technically a summer activity, the Battalion is proud of their performance at the recent Sea Cadets Flagship event held 17-19 October hosted by Blue Angels Squadron.  The Kitsap Battalion placed first in the Close Orders Drill competition and represented the Battalion well during a long weekend filled with competitions.  Kitsap Battalion had the distinction of having the largest number of cadets and leaguers present, with 19 cadets and 5 officers present for the event.  The entire Battalion is excited to begin preparing for next year’s Flagship event.

Aboard USCGC Healy

Aboard USCGC Healy

The Kitsap Battalion is set on a course of continued trainings and evolutions all designed to encourage the personal and professional development of the cadets and officers involved.

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