For the Dunn clan, the USS Scorpion Squadron is
a family adventure. Dunn’s wife, Sue, is the current
administrative officer. She became involved shortly
after their daughter, Megan, joined in May 2014, but
could not go on a trip with the unit because there were
no female adult chaperones. Sue volunteered to chaperone the trip, and has not looked back since.
The Navy League’s Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula
Council sponsors the USS Scorpion Squadron, and a few
board members were on hand at the Military Game
Show Party Event with the cadets.
Jack James, a retired Navy SEAL commander, former Sea Cadet and council board member, is the Navy
League liaison to the USS Scorpion Squadron. He also is
impressed by the rapid growth and expansion of activities enjoyed by the squadron.
“Riley and Sue Dunn are great role models for the
Sea Cadet organization. Riley, being an active-duty
chief [petty officer in the Coast Guard], really helps
keep the unit organized and on track with goals and
training schedules. I cannot help but to think, that
people looking for an organization for their children to
be engaged in, really appreciate that,” James said.
Wheeler, who aspires to attend the DigiPen Institute
of Technology in Redmond, Wash., reflected on what
being a Sea Cadet has taught him. “[It] definitely
taught me a lot about courage, honor and commit-
ment, and how to stick to my moral values in life. It
teaches me a lot of life lessons other than military, and
will help me keep my options open in the future.”
James further noted the advantage being a Sea
“The Sea Cadets are closely associated with the
military, specifically the sea services, and the Sea
Cadets set a young person on the right track with Basic
Military Requirements. The discipline, training, and
mentoring alongside real active-duty personnel speaks
volumes. Whether a young person decides to join the
military or not, does not matter when they are done
with the program. But they will be more successful in
Cadet Dunn, a Central Kitsap High School junior
and the squadron’s leading petty officer, plans to
join the Coast Guard after graduation. She has helped
bring in at least six new members to the Squadron,
but clearly recognizes getting them in the door is only
the start of what it takes to maintain a solid member-
“All of us are always pushing to get new people into
the squadron, but when we get new members, we work
hard to help them succeed and enjoy what they’re
doing,” she said. n
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