USS Salem Museum Status

USS Salem Museum Status

Like many other military veterans and youth program leaders in the area, I was distressed to hear about the possibility that the USS Salem museum ship in Quincy might be forced to close forever as a result of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s decision not to repair the pier on which the ship is tied up. The Patriot Ledger ran this story: http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20140125/NEWS/140127364. I encourage you to read it.  The ship is tied up to a pier owned by the MBTA, which also uses the pier as a ferry service....

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2014 Recruit Training at Devens, Massachusetts

2014 Recruit Training at Devens, Massachusetts

I’m very happy to announce that we’re posting some initial information about this year’s Recruit Training at Fort Devens, Massachusetts.  Head over to our dedicated “official” RT-MA page on this site for all the dates and info.  (This blog post you’re reading now is not the official RT-MA content.  It’s just my personal observations.) Although MUCH more information is about to drop on the official RT page, I’d like to share a few initial thoughts I have about the major changes happening this...

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Memorial Day Activities

Memorial Day Activities

I hope everyone had a relaxing Memorial Day weekend.  This year, I was honored to speak at the Watertown Memorial Day ceremony, which immediately followed the town’s parade.  Our good friends at the Pvt. Charles Schutt Detachment of the Marine Corps League thought of me I am very grateful to them for doing so. As everyone knows, this year’s Memorial Day was especially meaningful because of the Boston Marathon bombing — Watertown was the center of the final shootout with the second bomber.  The entire police department led...

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New Leadership at the Minuteman Division

New Leadership at the Minuteman Division

This past Sunday, I visited Gloucester to officially install a new Commanding Officer of our NSCC/NLCC unit there.  I am really looking forward to seeing the good things that the unit will be doing.  If you are from the North Shore, it’s a great time to take a look at the “new” unit in Gloucester!  Use the Contact page to send us an email and we’ll get you in touch with them. In April, I met with the cadets and parents to discuss future plans for the unit, which include a move to the US Coast Guard Station in...

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NSCC Honor Ribbon

NSCC Honor Ribbon

Hello everybody, Yesterday I had the privilege of presenting the NSCC Honor Ribbon, our program’s second-highest award, to one of our unit’s Commanding Officers.  LTJG Bill Dockham was a medical volunteer at the Boston Marathon’s finish line when – feet from where he was standing – the two bombs went off.  He stayed and helped treat the victims at the risk of his own life, and for that he was recognized. The NSCC Honor Ribbon is “a warded to an NSCC officer, midshipman, instructor, or NSCC/NLCC cadet who...

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Physical Readiness Test (PRT)

Physical Readiness Test (PRT)

As the PRT season nears, please see the following resources to help you maximize your cadets’ success. Recall the PRT is required for both promotion and attendance at boot camp or other training. Every unit should be conducting the PRT in April-May and again in October-November of each calendar year.  If you are not please adjust your training schedule accordingly. Your primary resource is the NSCC Physical Fitness Handbook, available at: http://homeport.seacadets.org/display/Manuals/Physical+Readiness+Manual In addition, the Navy...

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