TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --
U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps cadets from across the country gathered
in North West Florida to participate in a highly selective, military-like
summer training program that took place in Panama City, Florida, and at Tyndall
Air Force Base from June 24 to July 7, 2017.
This youth program utilized Tyndall’s base resources periodically
over the course of two weeks while testing and training its cadets in naval
special warfare courses.
The USNSCC is a Department of the Navy program created in
1962 by the Navy League of the United States with hopes of fostering an
improved image and understanding of what the maritime services have to offer.
“Cadets who attend one of the naval special warfare
courses are exposed to an orientation in the particular naval special warfare
career path they are interested in pursuing,” said retired U.S. Marine Corps
Lt. Col. Jon Graydon,
USNSCC Seawolf Division commanding officer. “This opportunity allows cadets to
receive periods of instruction relating to one of the fields, and to spend time
with operators from those disciplines to explore the cadets’ continued interest
in that pipeline.”
This advanced special warfare program and its members spent one
week at Tyndall’s Silver Flag site while also utilizing the base pool, running
track and dining facility.
“Aiding the USNSCC gave Tyndall an opportunity to
exercise some goodwill and help facilitate building a foundation for America's
future Naval Special Operations,” said Capt. Dana F. Gerwin, 325th Fighter Wing
plans and programs deputy chief. “Resources were limited for this program, [in recent
years] so Tyndall has stepped in to help. Because of that assistance, the
program has continued.”
Cadets who attend are immersed in an environment that
encourages qualities such as leadership, enhanced fitness, community service,
virtues of good citizenship and strong moral principles, training, and
comradery. The USNSCC requires academic, physical and behavioral standards from
“Tyndall's involvement with aiding the USNSCC fosters the
wingman concept; [showing] the wingman concept extends beyond the Air Force,” Gerwin
The USNSCC staff expressed their gratitude for the
support they received from not only Gerwin and her predecessors, but also from
Tyndall. The USNSCC credits the support they received from the Air Force to the
success of the program.
“It was great working with the Naval Sea Cadet Corps. I
was inspired by the dedication and service of these young cadets and the
staff,” Gerwin said. “I hope they will continue to work with us in the future.”