Brevard County Sea Cadets Attend Elite Senior Leadership Academy in Arlington, Virginia
By Space Coast Daily // April 22, 2019
most elite cadet group in the country
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Chief Petty Officers Ethan Goswick of the Courageous Division, Isaiah Lopez, and Olivia Troisi of the McCampbell Battalion of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, attended the program’s Senior Leadership Academy in Arlington, Virginia.
This month, CPO’s Goswick, Lopez, and Troisi joined a group of 30 of the country’s top Sea Cadets at a weeklong program focused on leadership and ethics.
The cadets were selected based upon their contributions to their communities, school records, and overall performance and standing in the Sea Cadet program.
“The 30 Sea Cadets selected to attend SLA 2019 are the most elite cadet group in the country,” said the program’s executive director, retired Navy Captain Paul Zambernardi.
“Between them, they have attended 177 advanced trainings and served as staff cadets at 70 trainings. Now, it’s time for them to join their distinguished peers from around the country to spend a week sharpening their leadership skills and expanding their perspectives. We are excited to welcome these esteemed Sea Cadets to National Headquarters in April.”
These cadets have been members of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps since 2013. During this time, they attended Recruit Training and several Advanced Trainings.
Attendees of this elite academy discussed and debated leadership topics relevant to today’s youth. They also visited the U.S. Naval Academy, historic sites and museums around Washington, D.C. and met with distinguished leaders.
“This was an opportunity of a lifetime,” said Goswick.
The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a non-profit leadership development program for ages 10 through 17.
Sponsored by the Navy League of The United States and supported by both the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, the program has units in 46 states, including The Courageous Division in Merritt Island and The McCampbell Division in Melbourne.
Cadets participate in training opportunities such as scuba, field and medical training, photojournalism, aviation, and sailing.
For more information, please visit www.seacadets.org
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