The Pentagon Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps (NSCC) and Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) conducted its yearly inspection Jan. 27 at Naval Support Facility (NSF) Dahlgren. The event brought together cadets with active duty service members, who were impressed with the youngsters’ performance and enthusiasm. Several members of Pentagon Division received awards in recognition for their outstanding performance as cadets during the past year.
And a busy year it was for Pentagon Division - the cadets participated in 54 training events, including mini boot camps, explosive ordnance disposal camp and hand-to-hand combat camp. Pentagon Division started a rifle team and the unit’s color guard supported more than 10 events and ceremonies around the region. The cadets dedicated many hours to community service, participating in a cruise and hunt for Wounded Warriors, as well as the Some Gave All Memorial Motorcycle Ride. The division also added three new cadets to its roster.
Pentagon Division is one of more than 300 Sea Cadet units in the United States; the organization is dedicated to “helping American youth realize personal success and achievement through a nautically oriented training program.” The goal is to help cadets become good citizens and “foster an interest and appreciation of our nation’s maritime services.”
Pentagon Division includes both NLCC and NSCC cadets. Children between the ages of 11 and 14 can join the NLCC; children ages 13 to 17 may join the NSCC.
This year, several Pentagon Division cadets received awards from military-affiliated organizations. Joseph Pappagallo, a cadet Petty Officer 3rd Class, received the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Medal. League Cadet Petty Officer 2nd Class Elijah White-Stansel and Sea Cadet Seaman Samuel Schuman were each recognized with Sons of the American Revolution Awards.
The Navy League of the United States of America recognized League Cadet Petty Officer 2nd Class Dakota Brassart and Sea Cadet Seaman John Trapaso with Youth Medals.
Capt. Pete Nette, commanding officer of Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP), participated in the inspection and addressed the cadets. “It is truly a pleasure to be with you on this great Navy day for this unit inspection,” he said. “It’s very apparent by the impressive cadre of cadets here this morning that the Sea Cadet program here at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren is in great shape. We are extremely proud of each of these young people and we are proud of all your efforts to learn, to excel, to serve.”
Nette praised the leadership of the Pentagon Division, including husband and wife team Ken and Teresa Crater. “Leadership and hard work has been at the root of the cadets’ success,” said Nette. “We greatly appreciate you and what you’re accomplishing with the Sea Cadets at Dahlgren. we are proud to be affiliated with you.”
Pentagon Division has grown significantly on the Craters’ watch and Nette said the future of the organization and its cadets is bright. “Let me emphasize that we here at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren are honored to have you all - adult NSCC leaders and Sea Cadets - aboard this installation,” Nette said. “You are a great addition to Dahlgren and our greater Navy family. We look forward to continuing to work with you as you help shape our youth into future leaders.”