April 23, 2016, was the official commissioning of the Yuba Sutter Sea Cadets Corps which is named after Matthew Axelson. The leaders, LTJG Donald Herkel and his wife Ensign Sherry Herkel have done a fantastic job of starting and building the unit to almost 50 young people in a year.
The US Naval Sea Cadet program may very well be the “best-kept secret in America”. Established by an act of Congress and sponsored by the US Navy League and the US Navy. We provide young Americans the opportunities to learn the values of our naval history and traditions including patriotism, courage, self-reliance and kindred virtues. We espouse the US Navy’s core values of “Honor, Courage and Commitment”.
The Sea Cadets Corps is a youth program for Cadets between 13 and 17. We hold “Drills” once a month for 8 hours. The Drills consist of Naval Non-resident training courses. We additionally provide and participate in local community service programs and provide multiple opportunities to be of service to our local veteran groups.
We are not an enlisting organization and many of our trainings are not specific to the Navy. We conduct trainings and lectures about all 4 branches, including tactical maneuvers and communications. Our goal is to prepare our youth to become mature, self motivated leaders in whatever path they choose to follow in their lives.