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Office of the Majority Leader
Suffolk County Legislature

December 19, 2012

DuWayne Gregory
Suffolk County Legislator
Fifteenth District

15 Albany Avenue
Amityville, NY  11701

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 Looking for a Few Good Mentors
Gregory Encourages Adults to Become Leaders in Navy Youth Mentoring Program
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AMITYVILLE, NY—At the Tuesday December 10th meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature Human Services Committee, Chairman DuWayne Gregory (Majority Leader & 15th district Legislator, D-Amityville) invited Lieutenant Commander Forrest Woodward (left), Director of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps to brief members on this fascinating youth mentoring program. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps Officer Corps provides adult leadership for cadets of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) and the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC).

Congressionally chartered, the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) began in 1958. The program is geared towards boys and girls 11 through 17.  The Corps is committed to providing American youth with a drug and alcohol free environment to foster their leadership abilities, broaden their horizons through hands-on training and guide them to becoming mature young adults. Participants learn about the sea-going military services, U.S. Naval operations, community service, citizenship, and an understanding of discipline and teamwork. Hundreds of thousands of young men and women have gone through the program with many of them becoming role models and leaders in business, science, the military and government.

LCDR Forrest Woodward, NSCC is the Commanding Officer of the New York (LPD-21) Division located in Northport and Director of the NYC/Long Island Region.  Woody was a Sea Cadet in his youth, and is a retired Federal Law Enforcement Officer.  He re-joined because he saw a need and acted proactively to help bring focus and structure to the lives of the Cadets and prospective Cadets on Long Island.

Woodward would like to expand the program in Long Island and has a waiting list of young people to join the Corps; the obstacle is a lack of adult leaders.

Adult volunteers come from many walks of life. They may either be civilians or military (active, reserve or retired) that are knowledgeable of youth and interested in their training. Members of active Reserve military commands and leaders within the community are especially encouraged to participate. Members of the Naval Reserve may qualify for drill credit and active duty for training orders (ADT) for participating in NSCC/NLCC activities.

In order to join the NSCC Officer Corps applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Be at least 21 years old (NSCC Midshipmen 18-21).
  • Pass a physical examination and be certified as fit to carry out assigned duties.
  • Pass a criminal background check and be free of felony convictions.
  • Demonstrated an interest in youth training and physical fitness programs.
  • Demonstrated strong moral character.
  • Present exemplary qualities of military bearing

“As a former Army officer, I know first-hand, that leadership programs pay a lifetime of dividends,” says Gregory. “Not only for young people who are mentored, but also for those special adults that give their time as leaders.”

If you’d like to be leader in this special program, or for more information, contact Commander Woodward at:, (646) 522-2917,7 Fax  (703) 398-1046





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