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Members of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corp converged in Groveland recently to train at the Florida Baptist Encampment. Cadets from all over the South East and the South Lake area attended the special summer training.

Clermont Police Chief Charles Broadway and Officers David Colon and Michelle Rogers addressed the group as part of the training. Broadway was a police officer in New York during the 911 attack on the World Trade Center and related his experiences from the scene.

Colon and Rogers are parts of the COPPS program and regularly meet in the community to foster better relations with the public and to help promote safety. The three spent several hours with the cadets.

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a non-profit development program for youth age 11 through the completion of high school. Established in 1962, they are supported by the Department of the Navy, the Coast Guard and the Navy League of the United States. It is a Congressionally mandated youth development program.

"The program aims to expose cadets to the full rigors of a military training program with a focus on leadership skills and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)," explained ENS Gary Schindele of the Sea Cadets.

"Cadets are training for careers in today's high-tech environment with the belief that an emphasis on STEM skills is one of the best ways to prepare them for defense, aerospace, and other technical sectors," he added.

Membership in the Sea Cadets helps:
US Naval Sea Cadets hold training classes
locally at Florida Baptist Encampment in Groveland
Sea Cadets
Members of the US Naval Sea Cadets came to Groveland for training this month. The youths traveled from the Southeast United States but also included many local students. Police Chief Charles Broadway and Officers David Colon and Michelle Rogers participated in the classes. (Photo by Gary Schindele.)
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