September 8, 2019
AMERICA Division Change of Command
LCDR Jennifer Weggen stepped down from Commander of the America Division Navy Sea Cadet Corps in Richmond Virginia. LCDR Wegeen served as an adult leader for 14 years, and the last 4 years as the Commander. Moving on to the Region 053 Staff and LCDR Weggen will continue to serve as the Director of Operations for the International Exchange Program.
Fair Winds and Following Seas!
WO Gary Riffle became Commanding Officer of America Division on September 8, 2018. From a farm in West Virginia to present day Virginia, Riffle has a long history of serving his country and community. CO Riffle joined the United States Navy in 1963. Served in Vietnam War and retired in 1983 as a Chief Petty Officer. CO Riffle has been in the Navy Sea Cadet Corp since 2011 where he has served as the Personnel Officer, Administrative Office and Executive Officer of America Division. In 2013, WO Riffle was selected National Sea Cadet Officer of the Year. From 2014 - present day, Riffle has served as the secretary for the Vietnam Veterans Association Chapter 50 and for the last three years has served on the Navy League Board of Directors in Richmond. WO Riffle is married, has four children and three grandchildren.
Annual Inspection 2018
Although the government shutdown delayed our Annual Inspection, the cadets showed that they are always ready for what comes next. Without the preparation time we are accustomed to having prior to the Inspection, the cadets stepped up and proved why they are one of the top units in the country. Under the leadership of PO2 Worrell, the Unit Leading Petty Officer, the staff cadets ensured their platoons looked sharp and were ready to answer questions. LCDR Jeffrey Anderson, NSCC, the Regional Director, had nothing but praise for the cadets, giving several "Outstanding" ratings to the troops. Bravo Zulu, AMERICA Division!
Local teen selected to represent the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps in Bermuda
Sea Cadet Petty Officer Second Class Veronika Matysiak is not your typical high school junior. At only 17, she’s racked up a fairly impressive resume. Petty Officer Matysiak joined the program at 11 years old with the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC). The NLCC is junior cadet program that introduces its members to naval life through instruction in basic seamanship and leadership. In 2014, Petty Officer Matysiak was old enough to Fleet Up to become a member of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) at which time she completed Sea Cadet Recruit Training. Over the past four years, Petty Officer Matysiak completed several training engagements including Medical, Aviation, Shipboard Seamanship, Photojournalism training and Petty Officer Leadership Academy.
Petty Officer Matysiak is a member of America Division, USNSCC, based in Richmond, Virginia. She is a Platoon Leader in her unit with 7 cadets under her command. She received several awards, honors and commendations including a Citation Ribbon for having the highest Academic Average in her unit; as well as ribbons for Marksmanship, Physical Fitness, Academic Achievement and the NLUS Youth Medal.
Most recently, Petty Officer Matysiak has been selected to participate in the Sea Cadet International Exchange Program. As one of only three cadets selected, she will be heading to Bermuda this summer to work alongside other selected cadets from Canada, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia, and Bermuda. The program is a 10-day cultural exchange, where cadets will have the opportunity to visit the Governor and the Premier of Bermuda, attend official dinners, cultural and natural history tours, tour the Royal Naval Dockyard, and experience activities such as archery and waterborne activities.
Petty Officer Matysiak is a Junior at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies. She is the Junior Class President, the Varsity Volleyball Manager, a member of the High School Varsity Swim Team, French Honor Society Secretary, Environmental Club Treasure, has held multiple roles with Model Congress, National Honor Society, Teen Advisory Board and Slavic Language Honor Society to name just a few.
Chief Petty Officer Veronika Matysiak
On Saturday, January 12, 2019 Petty Officer First Class Veronika Matysiak was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer (CPO) in the America Division, U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps at a ceremony held at Naval Support Operation Center (NOSC) in Richmond, VA.
Commanding Officer Gary Riffle, revealed that Matysiak is among only 6 cadets from America Division to make chief in the last 10 years advancing from the League Cadets to Sea Cadets.
In order to earn a promotion to Chief Petty Officer, cadets have to complete the Basic Military Requirements, Seaman, Petty Officer Three/Two and the Petty Officer First Class/Chief Petty Officer advancement manuals, in addition to attending a minimum of five days of advanced training per pay grade. Chief John Kurt of NOSC noted that Chiefs represent honor, character and integrity, they do what is right in the face of adversity. Being a Chief is not simply a rank, rather it is a lifestyle of being an ambassador of good will.
CPO Matysiak will adhere to the Chief Petty Officer Creed and lead America Division Cadets with Honor, Courage and Commitment.