The William Floyd Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) recently held their cadet officer “pinning” ceremony on the grounds of the William Floyd Estate, the ancestral home of William Floyd, the Revolutionary War general and one of only 56 men to sign the Declaration of Independence.
In the outdoor ceremony, the eight seniors were told, “with competence comes the confidence to lead,” by their Senior Naval Science Instructor, Commander Jay Tweed (USN/Retired). He also had the cadets repeat the “Cadet Creed” as they gathered around the flagpole at the Old Mastic House. Navy core values of honor, courage and commitment were also discussed as a measuring stick for the cadets in meeting the highest standards, both academic and physical, of cadet officers.
The new cadet officers have already honed their skills with two to three years of naval science studies, academic excellence and extracurricular activities, so they are more than ready to meet the challenge. “Now they can hold themselves to a higher standard because of their leadership and team building skills, and in their pride for the program,” said Commander Tweed.
Congratulations to the new cadet officers: Jordan Cooper, Katherine Guzman, Bradley Ladolcetta, Nicholas Levantino, Travis Mazza, Anthony Pizzuti, Elijah Stephens and Peter Vu.
In addition to regular classroom instruction, NJROTC cadets participate in a number of extra-curricular activities throughout the school year and during summer months that are designed to stimulate learning by hands-on experiences and to reinforce the program’s curriculum. Cadet extra-curricular activities include community service projects, attending drill meets, academic competitions, visits to naval installations and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) training.
The Navy Junior ROTC, a Citizenship Development Program, is currently under the direction of Rear Admiral Michael Bernacchia, Commander of the Naval Service Training Command, headquartered at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois. NJROTC is a program that instills the value of citizenship and service to the United States in high school students.
About the William Floyd Estate
In 1718 Richard Floyd purchased 4400 acres on Moriches Bay and it was eventually passed down through eight generations of the family. The Old Mastic House is what the family called their home. Eventually, the Floyd family gave the house, all the contents and 613 acres of property to the National Park Service in 1976, the Bicentennial of the United States. The National Park Service turned 100 last year when they kicked off their next 100 years of stewardship of America’s national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs.