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The Crow's Nest

The Crow's Nest

By U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps
A podcast of the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps. Join us as we interview active and retired Navy personnel, share cadet experiences, and discuss the program's various education and training offerings.
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Interview with retired Master Chief Vince W. Patton, III, Ed.D

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Interview with retired Fleet Master Chief April Beldo, the "People's Master Chief"
Join us on the Crow's Nest for an interview with Fleet Master Chief April Beldo as she shares her story and experiences after a long career in the Navy. Read more about Master Chief Beldo here, including the very powerful image that inspired me to each out immediately after I saw it.
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March 31, 2021
Interview with Force Master Chief Petty Officer (FMF/SW) Chris Kotz
In honor of the birthday (belated) of the Navy Reserve on March 3, which was formed in 1915, we had the honor of chatting with FMF/SW Chris Kotz of the U.S. Navy Reserve. One of our NHQ representatives, Vahan Manoogian, facilitated a great conversation. You can find out more about FMCPO Kotz here from his official bio, and more about the U.S. Navy Reserve here. Don't forget to check out Sea Cadets at our website.
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March 22, 2021
Interview with retired Master Chief Vince W. Patton, III, Ed.D
The Crow's Nest was thrilled to speak with retired Master Chief Vince Patton, III, also a former Sea Cadet and a current member of our Board of Directors. Master Chief Patton shares with us lessons learned after 30 years in the United States Coast Guard and how his experiences as a former Sea Cadet built the foundations of a fantastic career. Learn more about Master Chief Patton's extensive background here.
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February 17, 2021
Interview with Rear Admiral John J. Adametz
We were thrilled to have the opportunity for one of our cadets to interview Rear Admiral John Adametz, Fleet civil engineer and commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Chief Henry Bae presiding. Find out more about the RADM here. We hope you enjoy!
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October 22, 2020
Interview with Rear Admiral Lower Half Dennis Valez
In commemoration of Hispanic Heritage month, which goes from 15 SEPT to 15 OCT, one of our very own MIDN Laylani Morales interviews commander of Navy Recruiting Command RDML Dennis Valez. See more about RDML Valez here. We were thrilled to have this opportunity! And thank you MIDN Morales for taking the proverbial helm.
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October 11, 2020
Gold Star Mothers' Day Interview with Lisa Anderson
In commemoration of Gold Start Mothers' Day on 17 September 2020, we are joined by Gold Star Mother Lisa Anderson will share with us some memories of a son who sacrificed his life serving his country. You can find out more about Nicholas Hale Anderson here. Good friend and NHQ Representative Vahan Manoogian leads the conversation. Remember to follow Sea Cadets on Instagram.  Check out our content on YouTube. And of course, the Sea Cadets website.
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September 26, 2020
NHQ Mini-Series on Women's Equality Day with Rear Admiral Annie B. Andrews, USN (Ret.)
Welcome to the third and final episode in a three-part series as the NSCC commemorates Women's Equality Day on August 26th, 2020, which will be the centennial of passage of the 19th Amendment, finally giving women the right to vote. For this series, we will be hearing stories from some of the most accomplished women in the Navy, interviewed by young women who are also some of our most impressive leadership cadets. We are joined by retired USN Rear Admiral Annie B. Andrews. You can view more about RADM Andrews here. She will be interviewed by Maya Wyr, Chief Petty Officer, Band of the West, Redwood City, CA. Chief Maya Wyr has dedicated herself to the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps for 6 years. She is a member of the Band of the West Division, the only Sea Cadet band in the nation, and serves as their one and only piccolo player. Her most recent awards include graduating as a Senior Leadership Academy Honor Cadet and receiving a Citation Ribbon for outstanding performance as an RTC Battalion Commander. Remember to follow us on Instagram.  Check out our content on YouTube. And of course, the Sea Cadets website.
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August 26, 2020
NHQ Mini-Series on Women's Equality Day with Rear Admiral (Lower Half), USN (Ret.) Robin L. Graf
Welcome to the second episode in a three-part series as the NSCC commemorates Women's Equality Day on August 26th, 2020, which will be the centennial of passage of the 19th Amendment, finally giving women the right to vote. For this series, we will be hearing stories from some of the most accomplished women in the Navy, interviewed by young women who are also some of our most impressive leadership cadets. We are joined by friend of the Sea Cadets Rear Admiral (Lower Half), USN (Ret.) Robin L. Graf. You can learn more about RADM Graf's accomplishments here. She will be interviewed by Zofia Gemignani, CPO, HMCM William R. Charette Division, Bethesda, MD. Chief Gemignani is a rising senior with HMCM William R. Charette Division in Bethesda, MD. She participates in three Varsity sports as well as many other extracurricular clubs and is the Vice President of her school's National Honor Society. Chief Gemignani aspires to attend a Service Academy. Remember to follow us on Instagram.  Check out our content on YouTube. And of course, the Sea Cadets website.
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August 26, 2020
NHQ Mini-Series on Women's Equality Day with Dee Allen, Command Master Chief (Ret.), USN
Welcome to the first episode in a three-part series as the NSCC commemorates Women's Equality Day on August 26th, 2020, which will be the centennial of passage of the 19th Amendment, finally giving women the right to vote. For this series, we will be hearing stories from some of the most accomplished women in the Navy, interviewed by young women who are also some of our most impressive leadership cadets.  We are joined by friend of the Sea Cadets, USN Command Master Chief (Ret.) Dee Allen. You can learn more about CMC Allen here. She will be interviewed by Rea N. C. Smith, CPO, Pyro Division, Petaluma, CA. Chief Petty Officer Rea Smith has been a member of the USNSCC since she was ten years old. She is a member of Pyro Division in Petaluma, CA. She staffed RT, POLA, and has attended SLA. Chief Smith is a member of the USNSCC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. She swims competitively as a year-round as a sport. She has verbally committed to attend and swim for the United States Military Academy at West Point starting in the Fall of 2021. Remember to follow us on Instagram.  Check out our content on YouTube. And of course, the Sea Cadets website.
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August 26, 2020
NHQ Series: Interview with Captain William Radomski
02 JUNE 2020: Welcome to the Crow's Nest with the third episode in our series with National Headquarters representatives. Today we have retired Captain William Radomski, representing units in the North Central area. Do you know who the luckiest man is, on the face of the Earth? Find out. Remember to follow us on Instagram.  Check out our content on YouTube. And of course, the Sea Cadets website.
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June 02, 2020
NHQ Series: Interview with Captain Charles Farrell
26 May 2020: Welcome to the second episode in a series of interviews with our National Headquarters representatives. Today we have retired Captain Chuck Farrell, representing units in the South Central US and Puerto Rico. Have you ever heard of VERTREP? Check this out. Bonkers, right? Well, that's what Captain Farrell did. Listen up! Remember to follow us on Instagram.  Check out our content on YouTube. And of course, the Sea Cadets website.
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May 26, 2020
NHQ Series: Interview with HMC Vahan Manoogian
19 MAY 2020 Welcome to episode four of the Sea Cadet podcast The Crow's Nest. This is the first in a short series of conversations with some of our National Headquarters Representatives, of which there are six that are an integral part of the USNSCC program. HMC Manoogian supervises the Pacific Southwest area of the United States. For more information on Vahan's experiences, check out this bio here. Remember to follow us on Instagram.  Check out our content on YouTube. And of course, the Sea Cadets website.
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May 20, 2020
Interview with Navy active duty brothers Grant and Koen Novinger
10 MAY 2020 Welcome to the third episode of the podcast. We're joined by two former Sea Cadets and active members of the US Navy, Grant and Koen Novinger. Listen to how membership in the program prepared them for enlisted life.  Remember to follow us on Instagram.  Check out our content on YouTube. And of course, the Sea Cadets website.
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May 10, 2020
Interview with active duty ER and trauma nurse Michael Beall
2 MAY 2020 Welcome to the second episode of the Scuttlebutt. We have an interview with Mike Beall, a former Sea Cadet and current active Navy ER and trauma nurse.  Remember to follow us on Instagram.  Check out our content on YouTube. And of course, the Sea Cadets website.
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May 03, 2020
Interview with Paul Kingsbury on Operation Tomodachi
24 APR 2020 Welcome to the pilot episode of the Sea Cadet Scuttlebutt. You'll hear from NHQ Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Shaun Johnson, who will introduce you to what will be an extended podcast series, courtesy of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps. We'll follow up with an interview from Paul Kingsbury who will share his experiences with Operation Tomodachi. In addition to being a friend of the Sea Cadet program, you can check out his bio here, from the US Naval Institute: MCPO Paul A. Kingsbury, USN (Ret.), who served over 31 years in the U.S. Navy culminating in his selection as the Fleet Master Chief for U.S. Fleet Forces Command. He is the author of the the Chief Petty Officer's Guide, 2nd Edition and has several published articles in military journals. He currently works for the U.S. Naval Institute as the co-director of outreach. Remember to follow us on Instagram.  Check out our content on YouTube. And of course, the Sea Cadets website.
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April 24, 2020