US Naval Sea Cadet Corps Awards 'the Health Colonel" for Selfless Support

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Team Spruance of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps recognized retired army reserve Lt. Colonel Bob Weinstein on June 5, 2005 at their annual awards banquet at the Tropical Acres Restaurant in Dania Beach, Florida.

Lt. Commander Alan Star, the Commanding Officer, presented the support award to Lt. Col. Weinstein for his unselfish service for training and inspiring the sea cadets with his military-style workout on Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida on a regular basis.

Asked about why he contributes his time Col. Weinstein responds, “These sea cadets represent our future and their own. There is no price that can be put on the investment in character building through the instilling of key life values that are timelessly beneficial to mankind.”

In the course of the evening, there were many awards presented to the sea cadets and others who contributed significantly to the success and growth of the sea cadets. The Navy League is a significant sponsor of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets.

The United States Naval Sea Cadet Corp's Team Spruance is the finest youth development program for boys and girls ages 11 - 17 available in South Florida. The program and staff's goal is to help teens and pre-teens develop skills, self-esteem and confidence that will help them succeed to the greatest degree possible for each individual in school and life. Team Spruance receives it’s primary support from the Fort Lauderdale Council of the Navy League of the United States, as well as contributions from many area businesses and individuals.

Here's how the Sea Cadet program is summed up:

It's About Having Fun − In Ways and Places You've Never Imagined.

It's About Learning & Growing from Exciting Experiences Few Ever Have.

It's About Friendship, Teamwork and Being Part of the Team Spruance Family

It's About Becoming Self-Disciplined and Successful in Everything You Do

It's About Helping Each Other While You Help Yourself

It's About Caring, Commitment, Courage & Compassion

It's About Honor − For Country, For Family, For Friends and For Self

"The sea cadet program emphasizes the teaching of positive moral values that benefit others and help build self-respect, self-esteem and confidence", said Lt. Jeff Leibowitz, Executive Officer of the Navy League program. "Only a small percent of those who become Sea Cadets actually join the military, but the values and discipline they learn help them move on into families and businesses where they make significant contributions as responsible and honorable members of society."

Females make up about 40 percent of Team Spruance. Sea Cadets get some amazing opportunities. Recently, they visited the Combat Information Center of a naval guided missile cruiser and participated in fire fighting training. Sea Cadets receive the same training that the military receives, which can be anything from Navy SEAL to Navy band training.

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