U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps
Expands Sea Cadet Trophy Honors
By PETER ATKINSON, Deputy Editor
WWW.SEAPOWERMAGAZINE.ORG 54 SEAPOWER / OCTOBER 2013
The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) unveiled a
Sea Cadet Trophy last year to
honor exceptional support to the
Sea Cadet program. The inaugural
recipient was Morgan L. Fitch Jr.,
“the founding father of the Sea
Cadets,” who was presented the
trophy Sept. 29, 2012, during the
ceremony at the U.S. Navy
Memorial in Washington marking
the 50th anniversary of the chartering of the program.
For its second year, and going
forward, the USNSCC has expanded the annual recognition program
to include a member from both the
U.S. House of Representatives and
the U.S. Senate, as well as a senior
member of the sea services, according to Brian T. Smith, director of
Government Affairs with the
USNSCC. The first presentations
under the expanded program were
made over the summer.
On June 12, USNSCC National Chairman Randy W.
Hollstein and USNSCC Executive Director James E.
Monahan presented the U.S. House of Representatives
Sea Cadet Trophy to Rep. Madeleine Z. Bordallo, the
delegate representing Guam. Bordallo has a decades-long history of supporting the Sea Cadet program. In
her current role as a member of the House Armed
Services Committee, she has championed the Naval
Sea Cadet Corps in annual defense authorization and
appropriations legislation, according to Smith.
“I appreciate this honor, and I will continue to support this important program for the United States
Navy,” Bordallo said. “This important youth development organization promotes interest and skill in seamanship and aviation, while instilling qualities that
mold strong moral character in an anti-drug and anti-gang environment.
“Summer training onboard Navy and Coast Guard
ships and shore stations are a challenging training ground
for developing self-confidence and self-discipline, promo-
tion of high standards of conduct and performance and a
sense of teamwork. The Navy Sea Cadet units on Guam,
with the help of many dedicated volunteers, provides
youth with safe and educational opportunities.
“The program readies them for future opportunities
in the Navy, in higher education or in certain trades. A
significant percent of cadets join the armed services
directly from high school, often receiving accelerated
advancement, or obtain commissions through college
ROTC [Reserve Officers Training Corps] or the service
academies. Moreover, the program has significance in
assisting to promote the Navy and Coast Guard, partic-
ularly in those areas of the U.S. where the services have
little presence. Again, I appreciate this honor and I will
work to ensure that this program remains affordable
for future defenders of our nation.”
This year’s sea services recipient was Adm. Robert J.
Papp Jr., commandant of the Coast Guard. His selec-
tion was based not only on his personal support of the
USNSCC, but also to reflect the strong partnerships
between U.S. Coast Guard ships and stations and
USNSCC units nationwide, Smith said.
Rep. Madeleine Z. Bordallo, the delegate representing Guam, receives the first
Sea Cadet Trophy awarded to a member of the House of Representatives
June 12 for her work in supporting the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps
(USNSCC) in annual defense authorization and appropriations legislation. She
is joined by USNSCC National Chairman Randy W. Hollstein, left, and
Executive Director James E. Monahan.