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Cherokee, Sullivan North NJROTC visit Navy, Coast Guard base

STAFF REPORT • Dec 1, 2019 at 9:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Cherokee NJROTC and Sullivan North NJROTC toured the Naval and Coast Guard Joint Expeditionary Base at Little Creek, Virginia, Nov. 13-15.

Cadets arose early with reveille sounding at 5 a.m., and had a morning meeting with the U.S. Coast Guard Station Little Creek coast guardsmen.

The visit included an in-depth tour aboard the Coast Guard  cutter Flying Fish, small arms static displays, small boat tours, and general information about law enforcement duties of the Coast Guard.

After lunch, cadets met with the sailors of Assault Craft Unit Four.

The landing craft air cushion (LCAC) is a class of hovercraft used as landing craft by the Navy’s assault craft units.

They transport weapons systems, equipment, cargo and personnel of the assault elements of the Marine Air/Ground Task Force both from ship to shore and across the beach.

After departing ACU-4, cadets were on their way to Assault Craft Unit Two, where they climbed aboard an LCU.

These mechanized and utility landing craft are rugged, steel displacement vessels used by amphibious forces to transport equipment and troops from ship to shore, along the shore, and from shore back to the amphibious warships.

Landing craft are also used to support civilian humanitarian/maritime operations and deliver vehicles, personnel and cargo from the sea to the shore and from shore to shore.

LCUs are also used to support Building Partnership missions, to provide dive team or small boat support, to assist in port clearing, to conduct limited surveillance and to support many other missions enabled by their intratheater range and independent operations capability.

After departing ACU-2, cadets received an impromptu WWII history lesson by viewing the recently released movie “Midway.” Throughout the tours, cadets were engaged in Naval, Coast Guard, and United States history.

Cadets who participated in the visit were: Kendall Chamberlain, Shannah Gray, Hannah Collins, Laura Andrews, Joanna Bishop, Jessica Rawlings, Elizabeth Massengill, Jewel MacGregor, Katlyn Ramsey, Grace Templeton, Mickaela Schneider, Zachary Eisenhuth, Kameron Sauceman, Travis Baxley, William Kiser, Aaron Gatewood, James Bond, Christopher Seals, Samuel-Jeremiah Ries, and Keegan Horn.

Sullivan North cadets who participated in the visit were: Kaylynn Shupe, Earl (Jake) Manalang, Jacob Klug, Haley Carter, Jaeden Mason, Cody Kinzer, Katelyn Gentry, Luis Gibson, Jaiden Lovato, Angalina Walker, and Andrew Jones.