Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council’s public affairs
vice president. The event featured game shows includ-
ing “The Price is Right,” “Let’s Make a Deal” and
“The Newlywed Game.”
Fourteen of the squadron’s 30 or so members were
able to attend the Nov. 5 training event, which afforded
the cadets another excellent opportunity to provide
visible support to the local community. But it was not
always that way, according to Torcolini.
Cadet Micah Wheeler, a Kingston High School
sophomore, who has been with the squadron for
more than three years, was quick to highlight the
changes he has seen.
“Once we got our new officers, they were able to get
the word out there, get us into more events and make
us more public. It showed a lot more people that we
were here … and here to help,” he said.
The greater public exposure and emphasis on community service has paid off for the squadron, formerly
known as the “Kitsap Battalion.” In just under three
years, enrollment has grown from a low of eight active
cadets to a high of 28. The growth has been achieved
primarily through word of mouth — one happy cadet
or parent telling their friends — and being more visible to the community.
The unit’s commanding officer is Riley Dunn,
a Coast Guard chief gunner’s mate stationed at
the Maritime Force Protection Unit on Naval Base
Kitsap-Bangor. Prior to assuming command in
February 2015, he was the squadron’s training officer,
responsible for developing, coordinating and executing
the training events during bimonthly drill weekends.
“They needed someone to revive the drill periods.
When we joined several years ago, we would just take
the kids out on their own somewhere to do war games
or something purely military like that. With my connections in the community, I felt I was better able to
get the kids out doing more fun and diverse things
like this [Military Game Show Party], and still learn,”
The strategy has been to combine training events
with community outreach. Recent training venues for
the local Sea Cadets have included participation and
support of Keyport Fest, Brownsville Appreciation
Days, the Kitsap County Veteran’s Day program, Armed
Forces Day Parade and Gala, Memorial Day ceremony,
USS Will Rogers (SSBN 659) Reunion, Naval Base Kitsap
Ombudsman Dinner, the U.S. Coast Guard Douglas
Munro Memorial in Cle Elum, Wash., and even an Eagle
Scout ceremony held aboard the museum ship Turner Joy.
Dunn says he is motivated by teaching and enjoys
teaching the young cadets as they grow.
“I am a certified firearms instructor for the Coast
Guard, and something like this goes hand in hand with
that. I like teaching the kids what I know and, hopefully, how to be successful.”
Members of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps’ Keyport, Wash.-based USS Scorpion Squadron gather during a community assistance project at the
Nov. 5 Military Game Show Party at the Bremerton Elks Lodge. In the foreground, left to right, are Helen Miller and Cynthia Martin, board mem-
bers of the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council, which sponsors the squadron. In the background are the squadron’s commanding officer, Coast
Guard Chief Gunner’s Mate Riley Dunn, left, and administrative officer, Susan Dunn.
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