CPO Torrance Berg

United States Marine Corps

Lance Corporal, Crew Chief

The USNSCC taught me how to push myself and those around me. It taught me self-respect and discipline, to be humble and how to lead. Without all that I have learned in the Sea Cadets, I do not believe I would be where I am now.

Currently, I am in the United States Marine Corps, I hold the rank of E-3, a Lance Corporal, and am a crew chief of an amphibious assault vehicle.

-Torrance Berg "The Chief"

SN Luke Schmidt

I was interested in the SEAL training program.  On my first day of PT I thought to myself, "Wow, if this is what I wanna do, I need to put down the Xbox controller and start working out." Sea Cadets taught me to be motivated and to go after things I wanted.  It helped with public speaking too.   When we're younger we want to do all sorts of things: fireman, doctor, Navy SEAL, etc. But when we get older, life sometimes gets in the way and our minds change.  So I thought back to CPR certifications through SEAL training and our monthly drills.  I decided to be a paramedic.  I'm currently certified as an EMT. In the Sea Cadets, there's a training on anything even remotely related to what you may want to do. And even if you aren't sure, perhaps it will open your eyes to something you've never even heard of that you like, as it did for me.

Just wanted to update the unit on Ethan's progress in the Army. He has been assigned to the 101st Airborne Air Assault unit out of Fort Campbell, KY. Last week he was moved to a scout unit as a sniper, there are only 30 members of this scout unit in the 101st Airborne and the qualification process was rigorous. He is currently training at air assault school and with the scout unit. While home over the holidays he wanted to send a heartfelt thanks to CO Berg for everything he has done for him along with former XO Brian Quehl. He didn't fully understand while a cadet the advantages he has as active military from his time at Polaris Battalion and credits the strong leadership of his commanding officers for his success.              All our best, The Yerigan's

PO1 Ethan Yerigan

United States Army

101st Airborne Air Assault Unit

Sniper

PO2 Cory van Hees

United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps Midshipman, Cadet Division Officer

The Sea Cadets have helped me in every part of my life. For example, in the job world, it helped me to work as a team and lead people. It has also given me a better appreciation for the military and its veterans. Overall, I believe it has made me a better person. Plus, attending boot camp allowed me to meet friends from around the country and we have stayed in contact ever since.  We've actually gone to Advanced Training events together just to experience it and catch up.