Eric Johnson

LTJG, U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps

Sep 252015
September 14, 2015 - Petty Officer 1st Class Nolen Johnson and Petty Officer 1st Class Hudson Shaw were each awarded the Theodore Roosevelt medal during the September meeting of the St. Augustine – Palm Coast Council of the Navy League of the United States.

Historic City News was informed that both cadets are members of the St. Augustine Naval Sea Cadet Battalion, led by LTJG Eric Johnson.

“Cadets awarded this prestigious medal are chosen by their adult leaders in the battalion,” said Ensign Bill Hamm, St Augustine Naval Sea Cadet Battalion and VP of Youth Affairs for the St. Augustine – Palm Coast Navy League. “The Navy League Youth Medal was established to honor those who best exemplify Roosevelt’s values of energy, spirit, competition and fair play.”

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a federally sponsored non-profit civilian youth organization for young people, ages 11 through 17. They are comprised of a senior and junior cadet program. They are sponsored by the Navy League of the United States and supported by both the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard.

“The Sea Cadet program is crucial to instilling leadership, developing good citizens, team building and promoting an environment for our young people that rewards hard work, dedication, educational achievement and personal accomplishments,” said St. Augustine-Palm Coast Navy League Council President Bill Dudley.

The St. Augustine-Palm Coast Navy League meets at the St. Augustine Library SE Branch the second Monday of the month at 5:30 pm. Visit for more information.

“As an official youth organization of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, the program educates its members in America’s rich oceanic traditions and teaches them the values of professional seamanship,” said Hamm. “The training received in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps helps to shape capable and competent Sailors and Officers for our maritime services.”

Apr 272013

APR 27, 2013 – Cadets received a full day of indoor precision pellet marksmanship instruction at the Gateeway indoor rifle range.  Instructors Estes and Bushong provided cadets with classroom instruction on aspects of safety particular to the use of precision air rifles, instructed cadets on range rules and line commands.  Cadets were then devided in to two person teams and were issued rifles, slings and spotting scopes.  Cadets then received individual and group refresher instruction on steady hold factors and steps to firing the shot and also received instruction on the techniques of air rifle marksmanship which differ from the techniques that they have previously used in rimfire marksmanship training.  Cadets than shot the course of fire for the afternoon.  Cadets quickly picked up the new techniques and showed steady improvement.  Cadets look forward to returning to the range in the near future for more instruction.

Dec 302012

Instructor Wendy Thomson assists Cadet Christian Cousart in the fundamentals of sailing.

Dec. 30, 2012 – The St. Augustine Yacht Club on Salt Run was the recent setting for training 13 U.S. Naval Sea Cadets in the fundamentals of sailing. Each cadet rotated through three stations: Safety, Rigging, and Seamanship before sailing the first time “solo” in a 6 foot Optimus Pram sailing dinghy. “Handling a small sailboat by yourself is not as easy as it looks, but it’s really worth it!” observed Cadet Luke Mahan.

Wendy Thomson, instructor of the Junior Sailing Program at the Yacht Club, agrees, “With proper instruction, anyone can learn,” she said.

The St. Augustine battalion of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets/Navy League is a program for youth ages 11 to 17 who are interested in developing their skills in leadership, basic seamanship, courage, self-reliance and military discipline. To learn more, visit


Sep 092012

Sept. 9, 2012 – Sea Cadets of the St. Augustine Navy League were recent guests of the U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) at Jacksonville’s Cecil Commerce Center, formerly NAS Cecil Field. They received a day of operational orientation under the direction of Cmdr. Master Chief Matthew Boyd, USCG.

Cadets Louis Danner, Luke Mahan, Joseph Quinones and Noah Shumaker received safety familiarization and airborne instruction in the HH-65C Dolphin helicopter operations.

Cadets Christian Cousart, Jordan Hall, Theodore Owens, Garrison Partridge, Hudson Shaw, Brandon Toomey and Kyle Wai received firearms orientation.

The Sea Cadets were accompanied by their commanding officer Eric Johnson and Bill Hamm, Leah Mahan and Paul Kimmel, all members of the Navy League.