Earlier today the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) – Arkansas Division held their 2023 Annual Inspection aboard the liberty ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien. As one of the sponsors of this cadet corps, Branch President Michael Barbour was on hand for the event. As a part of the festivities, Comrade Barbour presented their Commanding Officer, LTJG Gabriel Mikulich, a cheque for the Legion’s annual donation to the group.
Comrade Trevor Page also handed out this year’s Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence, which is awarded annually to the cadet having shown a high degree of participation and leadership in the area of citizenship and in meeting and enhancing the aims and objectives of the cadet organization. While the specific criteria for the award are developed by the cadet leadership, the broad view of the award is that the individual must be seen by peers and superiors to exemplify the model cadet and enhance his/her corps status by cooperation with peers and superiors, comradeship, promotion of goodwill and morale within the corps, supporting and assisting corps members, and enhancing the image of cadets in the local community. This year’s recipient of the Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence was Seaman Apprentice Xavier Mendoza.
Pictures from the event are below.