Welcome Aboard the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps
Baton Rouge Division Site
Encompassing Hammond, Covington, and LaPlace
Memorial Day - Hammond LA Cemetery
On May 29, 2021, cadets from the Baton Rouge Division were invited by the American Legion to assist with placing American flags on the graves of fallen veterans. Cadets also presented colors and performed a Battlefield Cross presentation.
May 2021 Drill - Weapons Qualification at Camp Villere
The Baton Rouge Division held it's May drill at the National Guard Base, Camp Villere in Slidell, LA and was attended by most all cadets. Training included firearms / marksmanship qualifications, police traffic stops and basic auto maintenance. Cadets were rotated between classes during the day. All of our cadets qualified on firearms training, some cadets earning the Sharpshooter award and a few cadets earning the Expert Ribbon. The police traffic stop training was to teach cadets what it's like from a police officer's perspective to make a traffic stop and why police act the way they do. Many of our cadets will be getting their driver's license or already have it and need this insight. The basic auto maintenance class covered how to check the air pressure in tires, how to check the fluid level in the radiator, how to check and change the oil, and how to change a tire. At the beginning of drill, promotion interviews were conducted on eligible cadets. In between classes cadets found time to relax and just relax. A Physical Readiness Test (PRT) was given after all the classes were completed and not everyone passed. There plenty of room for improvement. At the end of drill awards and promotions were handed out to deserving cadets. Congratulations to all of our new Second Class Petty Officers.
Cadets Honored by American Legion and Free Masons
Baton Rouge Cadets Velasquez and Penton were honored by American Legion Post 38, Baton Rouge, LA as the Sea Cadet and League Cadet of the Year for the Baton Rouge Division. Cadets Velasquez and Rabalais were honored by the Baton Rouge Trinity Union Mason Lodge #372 with awards for their Honesty and Integrity.
April 2021 Camp King Overnight Drill
The Baton Rouge Division returned to Camp King for their April 2021 drill. At the beginning of drill Cadets Musso and Ryan crossed over from the League Cadets to the Sea Cadets. Cadets attended a boating safety course conducted by Coast Guard personnel, practiced rifle drills, learned about and took apart small engines, and returned to normal Physical Fitness Test training with appropriate COVID precautions. At the end of drill, cadets received well earned promotions and awards.
March 2021 Carville Overnight Drill
The Baton Rouge Division deployed to Carville for their March 2021 drill. Cadets practiced marching, ran the obstacle course, and attended a presentation by high school seniors soon to ship off to the Naval and Coast Guard Military Academies.
February 2021 Jefferson Baptist Church Day Drill & Overnight Drill at Camp Villere
The Baton Rouge Division conducted two drills in February 2021. The first was a day drill at Jefferson Baptist Church where cadets worked on marching and attended classes in military history, military ranks, and military etiquette. The second drill was an overnight at Camp Villere where cadets worked on marching, trained in tactical building entry scenarios, and participated in physical training. On Sunday, an awards ceremony was held to recognize all cadets for their hard work in 2020. Petty Officer 1st Class Blaise Penton was awarded League Cadet of the Year. Petty Officer 3rd Class Jake Velasquez was awarded Sea Cadet of the Year. Both were chosen by their fellow cadets for this honor. Congratulations to all members of the Baton Rouge Division for their hard work and dedication in 2020.
October Tactical / Firefighter Training
The Baton Rouge Division held their October drill at the National Guard Base in Slidell, Louisiana. Then Slidell Fire Dept. is co-located at the base and allowed the Sea Cadets the use of their training field for firefighter training. Cadets also ran the National Guard obstacle course as a team in a tactical scenairo. Cadets enjoyed a classroom presentation of small arms of the 20th century with real examples of rife and handguns from WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. The new Type III Navy uniforms were issue to cadets in preparation for Winter Recruit Training (RT) and our Annual Inspection. Awards and promotions earned during the last month were handed out at the end of drill. A good time was had by all
Operation Feed Lake Charles
The Baton Rouge Division and its sponsors made several trips to the Lake Charles area in the days after Hurricane Laura. The Cadets and sponsors served meals and performed storm clean up. The Cadets prepared and served over 1500 meals to the community. They also removed storm debris and put blue tarps on roofs at 4 houses.
September Drill & Family Day
On 19 Sept 2020, Baton Rouge Division conducted drill at their home base, Lion King Ministries. Cadets learned how to march, properly fold their nation's flag, tie knots, and how to raise and lower the colors. New recruits were issues uniforms and began the training necessary to attend Recruit Training this winter. Despite the setbacks of COVID, the Baton Rouge Division continues to grow. Several new recruits joined and have begun their journey in the Sea Cadets. Welcome aboard to all the new Recruits and Parents!! Afterwards, the Baton Rouge Division marched the pavilion where a family day lunch was served and awards issues. Many of the cadets received awards. Great Job Cadets!! We are proud of you for your hard work and diligence.
Recruit Training Phase II / League Cadet Orientation Phase II
Over a 2 weekend period in August, Baton Rouge Division conducted Recruit Training Phase II for recruits of the Baton Rouge Division and Chenault Battalion and League Cadet Orientation Phase II for one of the Baton Rouge Division League Cadets. These recruits learned the basics necessary to become full fledged Sea Cadets. COVID made for an arduous process as recruits had to first complete Phase I of their training which was online. But these recruit persevered and completed their training. Congratulations to our newest Sea Cadets.
2020 Krewe of Orion Mardi Gras Parade
On 15-FEB-2020, Baton Rouge Division cadets marched through the streets of downtown Baton Rouge ringing in the 2020 Carnival Season as well as providing the Honor Guard for the Krewe of Orion Mardi Gras Parade. Cadets also took a moment to partake in comradery as they boarded their Commanding Officers truck and tested it for seaworthiness.
Baton Rouge Sea Cadets Banquet 2019
The Baton Rouge Division of the US Naval Sea Cadets held their annual banquet at the American Legion Hall. It was attended by over a hundred cadets, family, friends, and honored guests, including the Regional Director for Louisiana, the past Commanding Officer, the past Executive Officer, the Navy League Representative, and many supporters. Awards and promotions were handed out to cadets and awards were also presented to many of our officers. The food was excellent and the comradery was outstanding. A great time was had by all.
Winter Training 2019
Over the Christmas Holidays, four cadets attended Recruit Training in Keystone Heights Florida and three attended League Orientation in Carville, Louisiana. The cadets performs exemplary and represented the Baton Rouge Division with honor, courage, and commitment. These cadets had a great time and came back with stories and a new sense of comradery. As anyone who served in the military and you will quickly learn of the bond formed by those that go through recruit / basic training together. Shipmates and Friends forever!
Wreaths across America 2019
On Saturday, December 14, members of the US Naval Sea Cadets Baton Rouge Division took part in the National Wreaths Across America day of remembrance. On this day, all across America, Christmas wreaths are placed on the headstones at National Cemeteries to honor military personal that have paid the ultimate price. These Sea Cadets also performed a "Battlefield Cross" presentation. The inverted rifle with helmet place on top was, in past wars, a marker of a fallen soldier. This marker was placed so the mortuary detail could locate the remains for proper burial after the battle. Today, the Battlefield Cross is used to commemorate those who gave their lives in defense of our way of life. It is a solemn tribute. In this video, please note each rifle and helmet is period correct for World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the War in Iraq, and the War in Afghanistan.
MOWW Annual Honor Guard Competition
The Baton Rouge Division of the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps was invited by the Military Order of the World Wars (a prestigious veterans group of military officers)(MOWW) to take part in their annual Honor Guard competition. This is the third year the Sea Cadets have been honored with an invitation. There are typically over twenty military youth groups participating, including many JROTC units, The Civil Air Patrol (CAP), and others. The competition is judged by members of the Pershing Rifles and members of the MOWW. The Sea Cadets have been successful in placing in the top three each year they have participated.
October Tactical at Camp Villere
From 18-OCT-2019 to 20-OCT-2019 the cadets participated in tactical training with members of the Slidell Police Department's SWAT Team. Cadets learned navigation skills, how to apply a tourniquet, Close Quarter Combat / building entry skills, and techniques for shooting from various positions. The cadets ran a timed obstacle course and ran a team obstacle course. They built a cart from basic items and pulled the cart under a combat simulated situation. They also trained in patrolling and fought in a convoy ambush exercise.
Baton Rouge Division USCG Training
From 29-JUL-2019 to 02-AUG-2019 a few Baton Rouge Division cadets spent the week with LT Fortier and Baton Rouge USCG personnel to do some instruction and hands on training as part of a locally arranged training. Thanks goes out to LT Fortier and the USCG Baton Rouge Office for assisting with putting on this last minute training.
July Mandatory Drill
Baton Rouge Division cadets were invited by Mr. John Spinks to spend the weekend at his property in Pine Grove, LA where the cadets got to get up close and personal with some military vehicles and equipment as well as send some rounds down range, a good time had by all. A special thanks goes out to Mr. Spinks for his hospitality and generosity.
American Legion "Passing of the Flag Ceremony
On 27-JUL-2019 Baton Rouge cadets provided the honor guard for the Baton Rouge American Legion "Passing of the Flag" ceremony
RTLA-1901 Recruit Training Gillis Long NGB Carville, LA
Baton Rouge recruits were some of the many cadets graduating recruit training in Carville, LA. The Baton Rouge Division is proud of our recruits for sticking it out, overcoming their adversities and some for graduating with honors including SR Trenton Blount and PO1 West for Honor Company and SR Loupe for Overall Honor cadet. A special HOOYAH goes out to SR West who's strong will and determination made the impossible possible and a shining example to any cadet that you can overcome adversity and achieve anything you want to if you want it bad enough and are willing to put in the work.
Bravo Zulu Recruits