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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Underway Trip aboard USCGC ESCANABA!

Underway Trip aboard USCGC ESCANABA!

I was very happy to take cadets from two of our Region 1-1 units on board USCGC ESCANABA, a 207-foot Medium Endurance cutter.  The ship left Boston and got underway for a day this past week. We got to Boston very early, boarded the ship, and got to stand on the bridge during the Navigator’s safety/conning brief, and then were able to interact with the crew throughout the entire trip.  We got to visit the engine room while it was in operation, and even assisted the crew in “plugging in” the HUGE electrical power cables when...

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Thanking Mrs. Pollis

On December 2, I visited Squadron 7-Zulu to attend a meeting with the Navy Operational Support Center CO, and just as importantly, to thank longtime Instructor Betty Pollis as she retires after 40+ years of service to the NSCC.  Betty was a tremendous supply officer who has kept generations of Sea and League Cadets looking sharp in uniform. From left-to-right:  Mrs. Gen Guimond, LTJG Bill Dockham, Mrs. Pollis (Center), LCDR Carchia and...

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