Graf Touts Cadet Program at West Point Day

April 30, 2012
Assemblyman Graf speaks with United States Military Academy Dean of the Academic Board Brigadier General Timothy Trainor at the Capitol.
Assemblyman Al Graf (R,C–Holbrook) was honored to meet with United States Military Academy Dean of the Academic Board Brigadier General Timothy Trainor in conjunction with this year’s West Point Day at the state Capitol. Graf, who served in the United States Navy, noted that General Trainor’s cadets in attendance are proof of benefits offered by military training, which is exemplary in teaching leadership skills and the importance of teamwork.

Graf also was proud to announce the formation of a new branch of the Navy League Cadet Corps to be stationed out of the Maritime Museum in Oakdale. The Corps is the junior cadet program for the Naval Sea Cadet Corps. Their Suffolk County location will be the first new chapter to open in more than 30 years.

“General Trainor’s cadets are learning the life skills one needs to become a true leader and well-rounded individual,” said Graf. “These are the kinds of skills that Suffolk County’s young people will glean from the Navy League Cadet Corps with the opening of their local chapter. By enlisting in the program, our children will be on track to become the best and brightest minds that lead America into the next generation.”

The volunteer-based program introduces boys and girls ages 11 to 14 to naval life through instruction in basic seamanship and leadership. Cadets study topics including naval history, customs and traditions, navigation, and the importance of maritime forces. The new chapter will be named Lieutenant Murphy Division in honor of the late Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient from Patchogue who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005. For more information, visit the Sea Cadets Web site, or call Assemblyman Graf’s office at 631-589-8685.