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Local Sea Cadets unit holds annual inspection

- BY DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibaytimes.com

United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) local Sea Cadets Unit SSNB

738, held its annual unit inspection, Saturday morning, March 27, at the Kent Island American Legion, Post

278, in Stevensvil­le.The Sea Cadets unit for the the Eastern Shore, is sponsored by the local American Legions in Queen Anne’s County, and includes support from Post 296 in Queenstown, and Post 18 in Centrevill­e, as well as Post 278.

Unit 738 was formed three-years ago, focusing on cadets, both male and female, ages 14 to 18, in response to the need for a unit for that age set, particular­ly interested in military training on the Eastern Shore.

There has been a longstandi­ng Sea Cadets unit in Annapolis for young people, ages 10-13, and as the young people advance in age and experience, they normally continue in a unit that is reflective of their age group. Unit 738 has members who reside in Annapolis and as far away as Ocean City.

Sea Cadet units are formed around the nation, typically where there are no JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training) units establishe­d in public schools within differing counties. Numerous counties on the Eastern Shore do not have public schools with JROTC units in their schools. The Sea Cadets units provide a practical choice for young people who are interested in receiving such training while between the ages of

10 — 18.

Unit 738 inspection was performed by Sea Cadets Lt. Commander Emilio Balay, as 22 members of the unit, dressed in the formal Cadet uniform, presented themselves in formation to be inspected. Balay, questioned each cadet as he inspected their uniforms. His first question was, “How long have you been a Sea Cadet?” With each cadet’s response to that question, he then asked other questions, based on how long they had been members of the unit. Some of the answers were quite detailed, as memorized from informatio­nal manuals the cadets have been asked to learn.

One new cadet, Makenna Culver, looking him straight in the face, answered, “Three weeks, sir!” Balay, obviously, didn’t expect her to provide a lengthy recitation, but did inspect her uniform, appropriat­ely.

Following the inspection of the unit, Balay addressed the unit, saying, “I can see how hard you have worked to prepare for today, and I’m proud of all of you!”

He then spoke about a former Sea Cadet he has provided training for years ago that he had just recently received a letter of thanks from. Balay said, “This young man told me he had never forgotten a lesson I taught him about using the expression, ‘Good, Better, Best’, in making progress within your life’s goals. Looking at where you are in any situation, deciding that moment is ‘good’, and working toward making it ‘better’, and eventually, through planning and work, arriving at what might be ‘best’ for your achieving that goal.”

“The young man had set a goal to get into the Naval Academy,” Balay continued, “but, that didn’t happen. He was writing to tell me he was accepted at West Point, and was about to graduate! That’s a pretty good second choice for the goals he had set for himself.”

Balay, again, shared the value of applying his “Good, Better, Best” approach to achieving goals in one’s life, with these cadets.

Immediatel­y following the inspection, a special rank advancemen­t ceremony was held for the unit’s new Cadet Chief Petty Officer to be pinned and recognized. The cadet who earned that honor was Cadet Sebastian Klincewicz, 18, of Centrevill­e, a senior at Archbishop Spaulding High School in Severn.

Sebastian is scheduled to graduate high school this year. He is an accomplish­ed member of the school’s cross country and track teams. He had been a member of the Sea Cadets unit in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, before moving here a few years ago. He continued his Sea Cadet work here. He has already been accepted to the Citadel in South Carolina, for college, receiving the U.S. Navy’s national four-year scholarshi­p for ROTC training there. Sebastian has also received a nomination from Congressma­n Andy Harris, to go to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. He is waiting to see if he receives an appointmen­t to go there.

According to Master Chief Petty Officer, USN (Retired) Bernard Quibilan, who oversees the proper functionin­g the Sea Cadets unit, he said, “Cadet Kilncewicz’s service record was reviewed to ensure all requiremen­ts are met, including demonstrat­ion of good leadership skills, and he was then approved for promotion. As a Chief Petty Officer, he works directly with the Commanding Officer, officers and staff to lead and manage the unit. He assists in managing the bi-weekly drills and other events and activities. He will also be active in training the upcoming cadets leaders and junior cadets.”

Sebastian’s parents, Domingo and Vivian Hernandez, had the honor of pinning him with his two Chief Petty Officer pins on the collar of his uniform, and his mother, placed his Chief’s cap atop his head. Very proud parents indeed.

For more informatio­n about what the Sea Cadets program is all about, email, bernard.quibilan@hotmail.com and/or poa.052mdd@seacadets.org .

 ?? PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP ?? The SSBN Sea Cadet Unit 738 honor guard stand ready to present colors, Saturday, March 27, inside the Kent Island American Legion, Post 278, in Stevensvil­le. From left cadets: Ben Jackson, Caroline Phillips, Aisling Nay, Cameron Ordonez, and Evan Newcomer.
PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP The SSBN Sea Cadet Unit 738 honor guard stand ready to present colors, Saturday, March 27, inside the Kent Island American Legion, Post 278, in Stevensvil­le. From left cadets: Ben Jackson, Caroline Phillips, Aisling Nay, Cameron Ordonez, and Evan Newcomer.

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