Cadets from two units supported by Tri-City Council helped Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1924 commemorate Memorial Day in Fallbrook yesterday.
Young men and women from US Naval Sea Cadet Corps Gunfighter Squadron and Navy League Cadet Corps Training Ship TopGun attended the event and Sea Cadets formed the color guard. Cadets from these units also assisted at ceremonies Sunday at Miramar National Cemetery.
Below is a relatively short (7:10) video of highlights of the Memorial Day ceremonies in Fallbrook, which featured an address by Major Dennis Katolin, USMC, from Camp Pendleton.
The support of youth programs such as these, as well as Junior Navy and Marine ROTC programs, is an important function of Navy League Councils. Tri-City also provides assistance to Marine Corps Junior ROTC programs at El Camino and Oceanside high schools.
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.
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.
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.
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.