scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: SEA SCOUT SEAL GRADUATES CRUISE ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Mon Feb 21 2000 - 20:55:00 CST
Photographs from the trip are available
8 February 2000
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEA SCOUT SEAL GRADUATES CRUISE ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN
SAN DIEGO, CA -- On 5 February 2000, Sea Scout SEAL graduates from
across the country gathered in San Diego for what was, as one
participant put it, "the experience of a lifetime."
The following SEAL graduates were selected for the trip on the U.S.
Navy carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN:
Eric English, Jackson TX
Sean Griffin, Miami FL
Rachel Hester, Seattle WA
Adam James, Pitman NJ
Natasha Leandro, Castro Valley CA
Adam Mackey, San Diego CA
Matt Magorka, Crofton MD
Mike Mlynek, Stillwater OK
Nick Wolters, Chino Hills CA
The Scouts were led by SEAL Training Coordinator Jim Elroy, Sea Scout
National Commodore Jimmie Homburg, and SEAL Instructor Mrs. Mary Jane
Upon flying into San Diego, the Sea Scouts spent the first evening at
the Youth Aquatic Center of the BSA in San Diego. In the early hours
of Sunday the 6th, the Sea Scouts travelled to North Island Air
Station for a safety briefing. Helmets and life jackets were issued,
and the carrier landing and bracing for impact was explained.
The carrier takeoff and landing was exciting. "It was twenty times
better than a roller-coaster ride," according to Eric English. The
action did not stop until after midnight. Adam Mackey summed up the
sentiment of all -- "there was so much to do and see." The Sea
Scouts were positioned between the cats for launch -- about twelve
feet from departing aircraft. Other stations included the FSO for
aircraft recovery. The Sea Scouts had an opportunity to examine Air
Operations computerization technology. On the Bridge, the group met
with the Admiral and Commanding Officer. In the Flight Ops area,
the Sea Scouts learned that it is not as easy to write flight
numbers backwards on the glass walls so often seen in movies. The
Sea Scouts also sat through a pilots' flight briefing.
The participants had a small chance to sit down at a formal meal
with the Executive Officer of the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN as the host.
Many of the Sea Scouts were impressed with the respect shown to them
at this and other points in the day.
There was even more for the Scouts to see and sleep was kept to a
minimum. After going through other areas of the ship, such as the
operating room, medical areas, and canvas shop, it was clear that
the carrier is much like a self-contained city. The need for
leadership and teamwork in an operation of this
size was evident. "Everyone on the team is critical from the lowest
seaman to the Captain," Jim Elroy explained. "If anyone neglects to
do his or her job, the operation will fail and someone will get
It is hoped that the Sea Scouts aboard the carrier will take this
message back to their own Sea Scout Ships as well.
An extra highlight to the day was the awarding of the Quartermaster
Award to Mike Mlynek of Sea Scout Ship Conquest. The Award, the
highest rank Y honour honour in Sea Scouts, was presented by the
Commanding Officer, Capt JJ Quinn on the bridge of the USS ABRAHAM
Sea Scouts is a co-educational program offered to young adults
between the ages of 14 and 21. Sea Scouting is organized to promote
better citizenship and to improve members' nautical skills and
knowledge through instruction and practice in water safety,
boating skills, outdoor, social, and service experiences, and
knowledge of our maritime heritage.
For information on the Sea Scout unit nearest you,
contact your local Boy Scouts of America council,
or write to
c/o Boy Scouts of America
P.O. Box 152079
Irving, TX 75015-2079 or
Web Site: http://www.seascout.org.
Sea Scout Advanced Leadership (SEAL) training is a course designed
to develop leadership skills in young adults. This leadership skills
course, which utilizes an at-sea experience as a laboratory, is
intended to teach and apply leadership skills. Several SEAL
training courses are held each year.
Information is available on the Sea Scouts, BSA web site at
http://www.seascout.org or from
SEAL Training Coordinator
For further information/press contact
Christopher K. Sokolov
Sea Scouts, B.S.A.
7870 Avenida Navidad Apt. 187
San Diego, CA 92122-
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