Aurora Division Ships Log

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13 August 2016

USNSCC Recruit Training, 23 June - 2 July 2017

As I arrived at recruit training it was pretty confusing. Petty Officers and Chiefs were yelling names and directing people into rooms. The first real organized day was the second day. We unpacked, got into the Uniform of the Day, and went to chow. During the Week we went to the simulation range, did firefighting, and learned how to make a ship go underway. This experience really answered my question “do I really want to join the Navy.” Now, more than ever I am determined to join the United States Navy and serve the greatest nation this world has ever seen. At the beginning of RTIL I wanted to go home but at the end of the week I never wanted to leave.

SA Gunnar Anderson, NSCC

28 August 2016

Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, Geneva, IL The home of the Kane County Cougars. U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Aurora Division, Color Guard presented colors during the National Anthem. "Great Job" The unit was also supported in attendance by family members, Division staff and personnel of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary CHICAGO RIVERS DIVISION. We thank them for their support. "Bravo Zulu" to PO2 DeGarmo, SN Meek, SNA Mungan and SA Salas. View photos from the event here.


LCDR Daniel M. Wayeshe, NSCC

Commanding Officer

25 July 2016

USNSCC Recruit Training, 17-26 June 2016

Honor, Courage, and Commitment. These are the core values of the Navy, and they are crucial to success at Recruit Training. During this training, every objective required that I work as a team with other recruits. Honor helped me respect those I worked with. It pushed me to be honest with my superiors, even if it meant I would face consequences. We were on our feet for 15 hours each day and got 7 hours of sleep per night. Courage is what fueled me to meet this challenge with enthusiasm. This value kept me determined to do, instead of try, each task I faced. Each recruit needed the assistance of their shipmates at some point. Commitment is why I looked out for my shipmates. It is what drove me to help other recruits with their uniform, or carry out my duties while on night watch. Honor, Courage, and Commitment motivated me to graduate from Recruit Training.

SA Aidan Mungan, NSCC

20 September 2014

USNSCC Field Operations Training, Camp Dodge, Iowa, 6-12 July 2014

Field Operations at Camp Dodge is a very physically intense, mentally trying, and high octane training that was not an easy challenge for me to overcome. Upon arrival I was issued a training rifle, combat gear, and a rucksack filled with my general supplies for the week, as well as some food for the night (MREs). We then rucked out 5 miles to our forward operating base where we dug foxholes to sleep in for the week. They were more of a shallow grave than anything, but they were comfortable enough after a long day of training in the sun. During the week, we trained in Marine Corps practices of foot patrols, IED sweeps, hostage detainment, and tactical building searches while utilizing a fire team, all leading up to a crucible at the end that brought all the skills learned together for a final test. For anyone looking to join infantry in the Marine Corps this is probably the closest you can get to the real experience. This is not a training for someone who is easily offended, discouraged, or physically unfit. It was very challenging, and if you are willing to take the challenge, it is very rewarding to make it to the end. Only do this training if you are ready to train hard all day and sacrifice normal daily comforts. If you are looking for a challenge with these conditions in mind, this is a good training for you.

SN Matthew DeGarmo, NSCC

22 September 2013

USNSCC Recruit Training, 20-28 July 2013

When I first got to recruit training I had no idea what was going until we got to our compartment. In the training there was Marksmanship, damage control and seamanship. It was a good experience and taught me what it was going to be like in real Navy boot camp. I really enjoyed this training and would say that it is a great starting training to introduce new cadets on how trainings will work in the future. I recommend this training to everyone.

SA Matt Poto, NSCC

8 September 2013

USNSCC Master at Arms (MAA), Michigan 7-18 July 2013

This training is an easy going one. P.T. isn't as frequent as field operations. Classes involve hand to hand combat, lectures of the life of a Detective, and police jobs. Sadly I did not enjoy this training as much as I hoped. A lot of activities were canceled and some of the activities had nothing to do with MAA. Some of the officers' uniforms were very sloppy and not professional. A positive for this training is that we went to an indoor weapons range and we got the opportunity to fire live firearms. We were granted liberty on occasions and the sleeping quarters were nice. I was expecting a more challenging experience but it failed to satisfy that need.

SA Dmitry Yeremin, NSCC

8 September 2013

USNSCC Special Ops Training (SERE), South Carolina 3-14 Aug 2013

They say that this is one of the hardest trainings in USNSCC and I can truly believe that now. You will feel very accomplished when you receive your anchor. The first day of training will take your confidence away. You march a long 7 mile hike with your ruck fully packed through the dark woods. At the end of the walk you will decide there and then if you want to push yourself even more. You are granted a 3 hour sleep on the rough gravel. You get fed the bare minimum and just enough to keep you from passing out. If you wish to pursue a training like this then you must be strong physically and mentally.

SA Dmitry Yeremin, NSCC

1 September 2013

USNSCC Submarine Seminars 13 July - 20 July

This summer I attended the Submarine Seminars in Groton, Connecticut. It was a great experience overall with the walkthrough and training on all of the different simulators. The most fun for me was the navigation simulator where we had to navigate into the local port. It was a great experience to learn how the navigation aspect is done with all of the commands and watching for danger we had to do. We also got to have a look at all of the simulators that the real navy goes through when they are in training. When we were not at simulator we were usually in the classroom learning about the systems onboard a submarine or down at the lower base watching how the boats get underway. One day we got to go on a tour of the USS Providence, it was a lot of fun and we got to see how all the equipment we learned about in the classroom worked onboard. At the end of the training there was an exam that covered everything we had learned, it was not that bad of a test. I was lucky enough to receive honor cadet for this training. I would recommend this training to anyone who is interesting in submarine service.

SA Benjamin Rakers, USNSCC

30 August 2013

U.S. Coast Guard Training, Coast Guard Station Wilmette Harbor, IL, 21-28JUL13

I got the opportunity to do a one week training with the Coast Guardsmen stationed at Wilmette Harbor on Lake Michigan. The training was a lot of fun; it’s essentially a seamanship training with a little engineering mixed in. Almost every day I would get underway on one of the small 25 foot speed boats and observe and train with the Coast Guardsmen as they cruised around Lake Michigan. We visited piers in Waukegan, Chicago, and even NAVSTA Great Lakes. I got to do a lot of hands on training like driving the boat, towing a disabled boat, line handling, and maintaining boat engines. We even got to observe the fireworks at Navy Pier from the patrol boat on the lake. I would highly recommend this training to anyone who can attend it.

PO2 Joshua San Diego, USNSCC

30 August 2013

USNSCC Recruit Training, RTC Great Lakes, IL, 22-30 June 2013

This summer I got to staff the Sea Cadet recruit training at NAVSTA Great Lakes. This training really emphasizes the lessons of leadership that I learned in POLA . It was interesting to see what boot camp was like from the perspective of the instructors. What was different this year was that the staff cadets got to do the different jobs for the division (like RPOC, MAA, etc.) that were traditionally given to recruits who volunteered for them. I was the yeoman for Division 002 and mainly handled the paperwork for the division. However, I still got to directly instruct and assist recruits in daily tasks such as making racks and cleaning the head. Our division was unique in the sense that our staff consisted of two E-9s: a Sergeant Major from the Army and our RDC, who is a Master Chief. Overall, I thought this training was a good learning experience and gives a practical application of the leadership principles learned in POLA. I would recommend staffing RT to anyone who wants to lead and instruct new Sea Cadets.

PO2 Joshua San Diego, USNSCC

20 August 2013

USNSCC Special Ops Training (SERE), South Carolina 3-14 Aug 2013

This training was like none other... Starting out with a 10 mile ruck at night and ending with rough gravel pavement for our rucks, nobody knew what they were really getting into. This ruck march was not only to test who REALLY wanted to be here but to test your mental stability in vigorous situations. Within the first 5 miles we were engaged in a fierce ambush that lasted about 15 mikes. Throughout the training we learned many skills including concealment and cover, HVT procedures, POW procedures, guerrilla warfare tactics, convoy security, and many more that are classified and can only be discovered by those who participate! We also learned how to SURVIVE off of rice and a can of beans for a day and sometimes only a carrot, or cricket. Overall this training was not for the faint of heart, and was the hardest test on your mental and physical limits ... (and sanity!) ... which at the end of the day the only thing that's really tested is your HEART.  If anyone has questions on this training I would love to share my endless stories will and sweat!!! 

SA Antonio Bourge, NSCC

19 August 2013

USNSCC Field Operations North Carolina 16-23 June 2013

Despite the training classified as Field Ops it is actually a hand to hand combat training. It is very intense and I recommend beginning a crossfit workout routine, getting on a good diet and prepare your body to survive for a week of minimum calories. During the training you will go through crossfit workouts that are different every day and learn Karate, Jujitsu, Judo, Sambo and Muay Thai. All of these are taught by world renowned and Olympic fighters. Throughout the training you will have a chance to practice the skills you learn against your fellow cadets. Other then the diet you are put on and the deathcore wake up call every morning it was a very entertaining training. 

PO2 Alexander Feltes, NSCC

4 August 2013

AURDIV Bivouac 2012, Hoover Forest Preserve, 17NOV- 18NOV12

At the bivouac we got to do things like a really fun scavenger hunt. It involved us being broken up into 4 squads and searching for objects. We also got to play a capture the flag game for night ops. This should have been more structured and someone should have been put in command. We got to see Battleship which was a great movie. Then on the eighteenth we had free time for two hours. It was interesting to say the least. We then had to go home. I really enjoyed going to the bivouac.

SR Matthew Poto, NSCC

22 July 2013

USNSCC Recruit Training, RTC Great Lakes, IL, 17-26 June 2011

My first thought when I arrived at RTC was ‘what did I get myself into’. The first two days I did not really enjoy RTC. It is totally different from what I’m used to. After the first two days I really enjoyed RTC. We had PT, Marksmanship training, Damage Control, and basic seamanship. We learned a lot, like how to make our racks the Navy way, how to march and a lot marching commands. We also learned how to work as a team. RTC is an amazing experience. I learned so much in the nine days I was there. I would recommend this training to every one.

SA Paul Lamb, NSCC 

22 July 2013

USNSCC Recruit Training, RTC Great Lakes, IL, 17-26 June 2011

On the first day of RTC I thought to my self what did I get my self into. It slowly got better, the next day I started to get to know people and became good friends with my bunkmate. Within the next few days I got into the groove of the day and began to like it. My favorite part of RTC was small arms training.  I also like marching because I was good at it and I felt like part of the navy doing so. I liked having to make my bunk according to RTC regulations. At night when we would get our mail our divisional officer would make it a game and we would all have fun with it and it was a great way to finish up a long day. I felt it was a great experience that few people actually can do. It sounded horrible from the people that described it at Aurora Division Bivouac but they sounded like they were “that cadet” and tended to get into trouble but it turned out to be enjoyable and a great learning experience.

SA Tom Lamb, NSCC 

1 July 2013

USNSCC Recruit Training, RTC Great Lakes, IL, 17-26 June 2011

Upon arriving at RT, I felt very intimidated. I walked through the front door and at that very moment, you are no longer a civilian through the eyes of the staff. Right when you walk in, you are being told to get on the wall and don’t talk. This just goes to show that at RT, you don’t get to dip your toe in to see how it is; you are thrown right in from the beginning. I then got a haircut, and then I was off to my barracks for sea bag inspection for contraband, and rack assignment. The first day is sort of unsettling, but I got used to the pressure of the divisional officers and petty officers.

For the rest of the week, I slowly learned all kinds of skills and courtesies even when I didn’t know I was. The first time the RDC yelled at me, I was pretty scared, but later on I knew that this is how you learn, and it was happening to everyone else. You can be sure I didn’t make that same mistake again. We learned about basic seamanship, damage control and firefighting, and basic marksmanship. But the most important thing I learned was teamwork and camaraderie with my shipmates. I will Be friends with some of these cadets for a long time, and maybe see them at other advanced training. To conclude, the training is tough, but if you keep your mind and intentions focused on the mission and the good of your team, you will have a very enjoyable and unforgettable experience. I highly recommend going to recruit training at Great Lakes.

Cadet Matthew DeGarmo, NSCC 

1 July 2013

USNSCC Recruit Training, RTC Great Lakes, IL, 22-30 June 2013

I had the opportunity to a part of the Division Staff for Recruit Training Illinois at Great Lakes Naval Station.  This is the US Navy’s only basic training facility in the world it was a privilege to be a part of the staff and be able to use the very same resources and facilities every US Navy Sailor uses to become a part of the honored tradition of our Navy.  This training is very unique as it uses USNSCC Officers and staff as mentors and guides but uses actual Navy Red Ropers as our RDCs.  This year we had one Master Chief Petty Officer, a Chief Petty Officer and several Petty Officer First Class as our Cadre.  These professionals basically train sailors for a living and perform a duty unlike anything I could have ever imagined.  They were with us and our four divisions from 0700 to 1900 every day.  They did this as volunteers and took time out of their very busy schedules to help mold our children into the cadets you see today.  

Using the RDC provides a balanced and fair approach to this training and allows the cadet and learn and grow in a controlled and even environment and without the biasness or untrained hand an individual Sea Cadet Officer might have.  I was able to see 276 cadets go from unique and raw individuals to four teams of 70 moving as a cohesive unit and acting as the professionals and outstanding citizens they have become.  It was very hard work but every moment was worth it and I would do it again if the opportunity was there.

ENS Rob Claus, NSCC

4 January 2013

AURDIV Bivouac 2012, Hoover Forest Preserve, 17NOV- 18NOV12

During this training I learned many things about teamwork. I learned that everything we do is as a team, there is no I and me in team. I was happy that I didn't have to do watch. I had a lot of fun, the food was delicious and I cannot wait to have another bivouac.

SA Kayla Hayward, NSCC

2 January 2013

USNSCC Honor Guard Training, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL, 08JUN - 16JUN12

This training gave me a more in-depth view of color guard, as well as a look into armed exhibition. I really enjoyed working with both of these, although I feel I didn't learn enough about leading a color guard. The only thing that really set me off was the lack of unity among the cadets. Every shipmate was at odds with another, myself included, a fact I deeply regret. Of course, this was my personal experience, not the training itself, so I still recommend this training to anyone interested.

SA Benci Caballero, NSCC

2 January 2013

AURDIV Bivouac 2012, Hoover Forest Preserve, 17NOV- 18NOV12

This was my first Bivouac, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Over the weekend, we lodged as a division in a cabin, and participated in activities ranging from fishing to capture the flag. It was enjoyable to spend time with the division and develop teamwork skills alongside my shipmates. I have hopes for the next one.

SA Benci Caballero, NSCC


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