MEET  THE  POLARIS  BATTALION

OUR HISTORY                                              OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Polaris Battalion was founded 2011 and located at the Cambridge Armed Forces Center, Cambridge MN. The unit started out with cadets from another unit forming and naming the new unit Polaris Battalion. We are the last named and sanctioned battalion in the US Navy Sea Cadet program. We consider this an honor and strive to be the best battalion in the program. The first commanding officer was LTJG Susan Norton and once the unit was established and up and running she passed the torch to LTJG Leon Berg. The unit continued with about 10-15 cadets for about 2 years and then an enrollment explosion happened that continued for a unprecedented 25 continued months of new recruit sign ups (March of 2013 to present-June 2015). This growth spurt allowed Polaris to grow from 11 cadets to nearly 40 at present. Polaris is presently one of the fastest growing units in the region and nation. The current commanding officer LTJG Brent van Hees assumed command January of 2015 and under his guidance the traditions and growth of Polaris has continued. Polaris reached the goal of commissioning status in August of 2014 with the formal ceremony taking place December of 2014 at its Military Ball. 

  • Awarded its first Excellence score for Annual Inspection 2013 (3.502/4)

  • Awarded its second Excellence score for Annual Inspection 2014 (3.520/4)

  • Had highest inspection score in Region 9-7 in 2013. (3.502/4)

  • CAPT Parsons Memorial Scholarship award winner SR Reed Miller from Polaris Battalion. Award is a national award for Great Lakes Recruit Training.

  • Article written by unit members of the ROV Stem project team published in the Sea Cadet Quarterly magazine. 

  • SN Garrett Smith appeared in the Sea Cadet Annual Report. 

  • Brigadier General Kevin Gerdes was guest speaker at 2013 Military Ball. 

  • 2014 Unit and Regional Cadet of the Year SN Virjil Wells 

  • 2014 Unit and Regional Officer of the Year ENS Brent van Hees 

  • After sending recruits to boot camp numbering 4 and 7 (2012 & 2013), Polaris has sent 11 and 14 cadets to boot camp (2014 & 2015) in the top 10 largest attendees for Great Lakes Recruit Training.

OUR MISSION                                                 OUR GOALS

"...through organization and cooperation with the

Department of the Navy, to encourage and aid

American youth to develop, train in seagoing skills, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance and kindred virtues."

​As a member of the USNSCC:

  • Develop an interest and ability in seamanship and seagoing skills

  • Instill virtues of good citizenship and strong moral principles in each cadet

  • Demonstrate the value of an alcohol-free, drug-free and gang-free lifestyle

  • Expose cadets to the prestige of public service and a variety of career paths through hands-on training with our nation's armed services

As a unit:

  • Increase our numbers by 100%

  • Serve 15% more in our community than the 35% in 2015

  • Offer Enrollment Scholarships

  • Begin Scuba Certification Training for local participation

  • Develop and staff a Leaguer Cadet unit