Friday, June 8, 2012

Madison Sea Cadets announce promotions and awards


Wayne Mallar, awards presenter from the Maine Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), pins the SAR Bronze Good Citizenship Award on Chief Petty Officer Roger Coulombe.
MADISON – The cadets and staff of NCB39 Battalion, US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, located in Madison had a very busy June drill.
   On Saturday morning, June 2, the unit participated in its annual swim qualifications in the lap-lanes & rehabilitation pools at the Redington-Fairview General Hospital Complex in Skowhegan. All of the cadets passed their U.S. Navy Swim Qualification Standards with one qualifying as a First Class Swimmer.
  After returning to their drill facility in Madison, the cadets spent the rest of Saturday learning about drill and ceremony, customs and courtesies, rates and ranks, self-discipline & self-motivation and harassment prevention.

   At 2 p.m., the award ceremonies commenced with the Presentation of the Colors followed by an invocation by Mrs. Sonia Mallar, Chaplain, Maine Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Major Robert Demchak, USAF (Ret), Commanding Officer, then presented Escort Ribbon awards to members of his staff for providing adult supervision of the multi-unit cadet cadres during a recent trip to Washington, D.C. as well as other Sea Cadet joint activities.
   Two promotions were then awarded. Cadet Riley Coleman was promoted to Constructionman (E-3) and Cadet Roger Coulombe was promoted to Chief Petty Officer (CPO), the highest cadet rank possible.
  A Certificate of Appreciation and a Certificate of Honorable Discharge were presented to PO3 Riley Linton, a Winslow High School Senior, who is in the process of enlisting into the U.S. Army.
  Major Demchak then presented CPO Roger Coulombe with the Navy League of the United States Youth Medal and Ribbon. This medal enables sponsoring Navy League councils to annually recognize excellence on the part of young people participating in NSCC and NLCC programs.
    Wayne Mallar from the Maine Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) presented the SAR Bronze Good Citizenship Award to CPO Roger Coulombe for demonstrating a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing, excellence in the performance of duties and having the potential for greater leadership responsibilities.
   H. Ralph Withee, Commander, American Legion Post 39, provided the cadets with words of praise for their Color Guard, Battalion Formation and support for the recent Memorial Day Services.
   For more information about the Sea Cadet Program, visit


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