Cadets win national SeaPerch title

Team “Maverick,” composed of members of Gunfighter Squadron, US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, a unit supported by Tri-City Council, took first place in the obstacle course competition in the National SeaPerch Challenge, Saturday, in Atlanta, Ga. A total of 89 teams from around the country participated at the high-school level.

National winners at the SeaPerch Challenge, l-r: LCDR Vahan Manoogian (USNSCC), Cadet CPO Jonathan Larkin, Cadet AR Coral Baumgartner, Cadet PO2 Uri Shakked,  Instructor Yoko Larkin, and LT Gene Anastasi (USNSCC).
National winners at the SeaPerch Challenge, l-r: LCDR Vahan Manoogian (USNSCC), Cadet CPO Jonathan Larkin, Cadet AR Coral Baumgartner, Cadet PO2 Uri Shakked, Instructor Yoko Larkin, and LT Gene Anastasi (USNSCC).

SeaPerch is an underwater robotics program sponsored by the Office of Naval Research in which thousands of students in high schools, middle schools, and other organizations participate nationwide. Students build a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum.

In the obstacle course competition, teams navigate their ROV to maneuver through a underwater series of rings and cubes set at various angles, surface, re-submerge, and maneuver through the obstacles in the opposite direction.

Team Maverick’s ROV finished the course in 1 hour, 3 minutes, and 12 seconds, more than 3 minutes faster than the 2nd-place team from Austin Preparatory School, Reading, Mass.

The SeaPerch Challenge events were held in the Georgia Tech Aquatics Center.

Gunfighter Squadron, along with the Navy League Cadet Corps Training Ship TopGun, also supported by Tri-City Council, is based at MCAS Miramar.

 

Honoring honor graduates

Each quarter, Tri-City Council presents an award and certificate to the honor graduate of the class at Field Medical Training Battalion-West, MCB Camp Pendleton.

In March, Council President Bill McDonald was joined at the graduation ceremonies by Stephanie Davis, Navy Federal Credit Union, who presented a plaque to honor graduate HA Nicolas Jacquot.

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FMTB-West trains those Navy hospital corpsmen who provide medical support and assistance to Marines. The rating of Hospital Corpsman is the most decorated in the Navy, with 22 Medals of Honor, 174 Navy Crosses, hundreds of Silver Stars, and more than 1,500 Bronze Medals.

Honoring fathers II

The Tri-City and Inland Empire councils, on Tuesday, honored nine Marines and Sailors from Camp Pendleton nominated by their units as Enlisted Father of the Year.

L-R: Bill McDonald (Tri-City Council), AE2 Richard Smallwood, BGen Edward Banta, HM1 Miguel Murillo, SSgt Ryan Farish, Sgt Matthew Annable, SSgt Reginald Glenn, Cpl Daniel Taylor, Sgt Michael Parker, LS1 Cenon Lu, and SgtMaj Julio Meza.
L-R: Bill McDonald (Tri-City Council), AE2 Richard Smallwood, BGen Edward Banta, HM1 Miguel Murillo, SSgt Ryan Farish, Sgt Matthew Annable, SSgt Reginald Glenn, Cpl Daniel Taylor, Sgt Michael Parker, LS1 Cenon Lu, and SgtMaj Julio Meza. (SgtMaj Christopher Adams was unable to attend.)

The nominees and members of their families, as well as command representatives, attended the awards luncheon at Iron Mike’s, Pacific View Event Center, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Offering remarks and assisting in the presentation of awards were BGen Edward Banta, Commanding General, MCI West/MCB Camp Pendleton, and SgtMaj Julio Meza, MCIW/MCBCP Sergeant Major.

Honorees, in alphabetical order:

  • SgtMaj Christopher Adams, USMC, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 39
  • Sgt Matthew Annable, USMC, Headquarters and Support Battalion
  • SSgt Ryan Farish, USMC, Security and Emergency Services Battalion
  • SSgt Reginald Glenn, USMC, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron
  • LS1 Cenon Lu II, USN, Medical Logistics Company
  • HM1 Miguel Murillo, USN, Headquarters Regiment, 1st Marine Logistics Group
  • Sgt Michael Parker, USMC, Headquarters and Support Battalion
  • AE2 Richard Smallwood, USN, Marine Aircraft Group 1, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing
  • Cpl Daniel Taylor, USMC, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division

Also among those attending were: Col Joseph Craft, Commanding Officer, Headquarters and Support Battalion; SgtMaj Michael Saucedo, Headquarters and Support Battalion Sergeant Major; Edward Langmaid, President, San Diego/Imperial Valley Area, Navy League of the United States; Michelle Langmaid, National Director, Navy League; Bob Berman, Vice President, Sea Services, San Diego Council, Navy League; and Maggie Meza, wife of SgtMaj Meza.

Organizations that assisted in sponsoring the event were:

This was the second Enlisted Father of the Year Awards program, in what we hope will continue as an annual tradition. The event joins Navy League programs in the San Diego area that recognizes and honors service members who are mothers as well as spouses of service members.

Youth awards

As part of the Navy League’s commitment to programs that promote to youth the values of our sea services, the Tri-City Council supports the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (MCJROTC) units sponsored by Oceanside Unified School District.

Yesterday, those units held their annual awards ceremony at El Camino High School. Council president Bill McDonald had the honor and privilege to present the Navy League’s Theodore Roosevelt Youth Medal to two outstanding cadets.

Cadet Cpl Alicia Torres of Oceanside HS, left, and Cadet LCpl Dominic Jebrail of El Camino HS flank Council president Bill McDonald.
Cadet Cpl Alicia Torres of Oceanside HS, left, and Cadet LCpl Dominic Jebrail of El Camino HS flank Council president Bill McDonald.

Thanks to council member Victoria Black for attending the awards ceremonies, and taking pictures.

In addition to the Oceanside MCJROTC units, the council supports Gunfighter Squadron, US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and Training Ship TopGun, Navy League Cadet Corps, based at MCAS Miramar.

NL_TR_medalTheodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States (1901-09), and previously Assistant Secretary of the Navy, enthusiastically supported the founding of the Navy League in 1902. The Navy League’s Theodore Roosevelt Youth Medal was established to honor those young people who best exemplify Roosevelt’s values of energy, spirit, competition, and fair play.

It is a pleasure to recognize these outstanding young people, and inspiring to see so many participate in these programs.

Honoring honor graduates

HM3 Cody Limauro, honor graduate, with Brandon Vinton of NFCU, right, and Bill McDonald, president, Tri-City Council, at June 12, 2015, graduation ceremonies .
HM3 Cody Limauro, honor graduate, with Brandon Vinton of NFCU, right, and Bill McDonald, president, Tri-City Council, 12 June 2015.

One of the ongoing efforts of the Tri-City Council is working with our community affiliate, Navy Federal Credit Union, to honor the honor graduate of each class of the Field Medical Service Technician Course — the Navy hospital corpsmen who aid Marines — at Camp Pendleton.

Honor graduate HN Parker Furnish, with NFCU rep Michael Dumbrique at right, and Tri-City Council President Bill McDonald. 20 March 2015
Honor graduate HN Parker Furnish, with NFCU rep Michael Dumbrique at right, and Tri-City Council President Bill McDonald. 20 March 2015

These young men and their classmates join the famed “Devil Docs” and the brotherhood of Navy Corpsmen and Marines. The rating of Hospital Corpsman is the most decorated in the US Navy, with individuals receiving 22 Medals of Honor, 174 Navy Crosses, 31 Navy Distinguished Service Medals, 946 Silver Stars, and 1,582 Bronze Stars. Those participating in the service technician course undergo rigorous military training to be able to assist the Marines.

Honor graduate HN Osazuma Ighoosagie, with NFCU rep Melanie Harris, left, and Tri-City Council Director Bill McDonald. 11 December 2014
Honor graduate HN Osazuma Ighoosagie, with NFCU rep Melanie Harris, left, and Tri-City Council Director Bill McDonald. 11 December 2014