The recipients of the Outstanding COY NSCC William
T. Schwendler Award are cadets who have received their
unit’s Navy League of the United States Theodore
Roosevelt Youth Medal and are in at least their second full
year of service in the NSCC; demonstrate the desire for
personal excellence through taking advantage of education and training opportunities within and outside of the
Sea Cadet program; exemplify the reliability of character
and quality of work essential to making the cadet a valuable member of any team; exhibit the courage and integrity required to be level-headed and fair in all dealings with
other people; and demonstrate leadership skills in helping to guide and develop fellow cadets so that all have an
opportunity to do their personal best and advance their
unit. The award is named in honor of the late William T.
Schwendler, an early aviation designer who made major
contributions to the aerospace industry.
LT Eric Farland with the NSCC Southeast Region,
and an Atlanta Metropolitan Council director, presented the council’s Ninth Annual Jason E. Lawson Trophy
for Outstanding Sea Cadet Unit at the Youth Awards
Banquet. It was awarded to the 1124th Construction
Battalion Division, commanded by LTJG Shelly
Enright, NSCC. Cadet Petty Officer 1st Class Kashka
Sobers accepted the award on behalf of the unit.
The trophy is named for Navy Aviation Warfare
Systems Operator 2nd Class Jason E. Lawson, who was
killed when the SH-60B helicopter he was flying in
crashed off of Greece while he was deployed to U.S. Sixth
Fleet in support of the Global War on Terrorism March 12,
2002. He was the son of council member Roz Coleman
and a member of the NARS B- 1 Squadron Sea Cadet Unit
for three years where he was Chief Petty Officer. He was
the 1999 National Navy League Sea Cadet of the Year.
Mastley served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.
The Parade of Colors was provided by the 1124th Sea
Cadet Construction Battalion. The Pledge of Allegiance
was led by Farland. The invocation and benediction were
provided by retired Navy CAPT Wayne Radloff.
A banquet tradition includes singing of the National
Anthem. The special guest singer was tenor Timothy
Miller. He is an adjunct professor of voice and music at
Morehouse College and sings for the Atlanta Opera. He
sang both the “Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless
America,” which he performs during the seventh-inning stretch at Atlanta Braves Sunday home games.
Alexander had the honor of introducing the event’s
keynote speaker, RADM Martha Herb, director of the
Inter-American Defense College in Washington.
Originally from Atlanta, she graduated from Lake
Forest College in Illinois, and earned both a Master of
Arts in Education and Human Development and a
Doctorate of Education, specializing in counseling,
from George Washington University in Washington.
She is designated in the Explosive Ordnance
Disposal community as a diving and salvage officer
and surface warfare officer, and earned her way into
the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame.
During her remarks, Herb challenged the attending
cadets to serve in some way or in some capacity.
“There are lots of opportunities in the world and
you have choices to make,” she said.
Herb mentioned that only 1 percent of the nation’s
population actually served in the military.
“Think about the United States and only 1 percent
are willing to say ‘I want to serve’ and those are the
same people who would put their life on the line to
serve,” she said
Herb told the cadets, “I thank you for wanting to be
a Sea Cadet or in JROTC because you’re telling yourself
that the military is something you can do, and that is an
opportunity for you. You can do anything you want. I
hope you choose the military. But, in any job you chose,
there are four key things you have to do. Do your best,
persevere, be resilient and never, never, never give up.”
Four cadets were later honored when Herb present-
ed them with her personal “Challenge Coin.”
Along with the youth programs, the Atlanta
Metropolitan Council sponsors two NROTC units, at
Georgia Tech and Morehouse College. The council also
gives quarterly and annual awards to Sailors at the Naval
Operational Support Center Atlanta; the Navy Recruiting
District of Atlanta; aboard the Seawolf-class submarine
USS Jimmy Carter homeported in Bremerton, Wash.; and
the Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Georgia,
homeported in Kings Bay, Ga. ;
Special guest singer, tenor Timothy Miller, left, stands with
keynote speaker RADM Martha Herb and Atlanta Council
Vice President of Legislative Affairs Don Giles during the
Youth Awards Banquet.