SQUADRON BIOGRAPHIES

Commanding Officer  Aaron Rudie


LTjg Rudie was born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and grew up in Kalispell, Montana. He has called Utah home since 1986. He has worked in the Automotive Service field in multiple roles since age 15. He built, currently owns and operates his own fast-paced, cutting-edge automotive repair shop business in Logan, Utah. He is married with 3 boys. He became involved in the USNSCC after two of his boys joined the Battleship Utah (BB31 Division). He started with the program in November 2016 and worked his way up from Instructor, to Executive Officer, to 2 years as Commanding Officer at the Battleship Utah before joining the Squadron. CO Rudie believes that it is our duty as officers to mold our next generation of citizens, whether to go into the military or other walks of life. They are our future and we need give them all of the skills to succeed. 

Administrative Officer Troy Bodily

LT Bodily joined the Sea Cadet program as an Instructor in March 2013 at the same time that his son enrolled in the Great Salt Lake (now Battleship Utah) Division. He has held a variety of billets, including Medical Officer and Supply Officer. When he started in the program, he was simply looking to help out the unit. As he gained more experience, he came to see his participation as an awesome calling, a way to help and watch these great young men and women grow into amazing adults.   Both of his sons participated in the program. His oldest went on to enlist in the Navy and is currently serving as an Aviation Mechanic stationed in Oak Harbor, WA.  LT Bodily has experience as a LT firefighter with Smithfield Fire and Rescue and an EMT Advanced. He is married and currently starting a new business in commercial refrigeration in Cache Valley.

Instructor Roark Park

 INST Park became involved with the unit as an Instructor in 2019. His experience as a Sea Cadet for 7 years motivated him to rejoin the program.  One of his fondest memories from those experiences was attending the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he participated in several ceremonies and parades in uniform.  What he loves most about working with Cadets is teaching team building exercises, life lessons, leadership skills, and encouraging Cadets to be proactive in their progress and supportive of their shipmates. INST Park works for FEDEX and resides in Logan, Utah.

Instructor Sabre Park

INST Park joined the Sea Cadet in 2020. She learned about the program from her husband, a former Sea Cadet. She enthusiastically supports the Sea Cadet program because she has seen firsthand the impact the program has on young people.  She enjoys hands-on activities and projects with the Cadets.  She encourages Cadets – especially females - to speak up and develop confidence as leaders. INST Park was born and lives in Logan, Utah and works in the food industry. She currently operates as the unit’s Administrative Officer, a critical role in that she manages the details of the Cadets Service Jackets – the official record of each Cadet’s enrollment, training activities and achievements.

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MIDN Carter Rudie

MIDN Rudie Joined the Sea Cadets as a Midshipman (MIDN) in January, 2022. He had been part of the Battleship Utah unit for 7 years and attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer, the highest rank possible within the program. MIDN Rudie decided to rejoin the program because of his recognition of how the program shaped his development and his interest in imparting that knowledge with other young people. In particular, he is keen to share his experience in regards to tactical medical, honors and ceremonies.  MIDN Rudie works as a heavy equipment operator and resides in Logan, Utah.

Education Services Officer Marc Russon

LT Marc Russon started volunteering in the Sea Cadet Program in 2015.  He started as an Instructor in the Battleship Utah unit, helping with administrative duties and developing curriculum.  He then served as Commanding Officer of the Squadron for 3 years. In addition, he developed a summer Advanced Training aviation course that has been offered annually since 2016. He earned national recognition with two awards in 2021: Officer of the Year for the region and the Nicholas Brango Award for Inspirational Leadership. He worked as a civilian military communications engineer for 35 years before retiring in 2018 as the Director for Emerging Technology for L3 Communications. He is married with two young adult children.

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Cindy  Cannon, Auxiliary

Cindy Cannon became part of USNSCC in 2016 due to her son’s interest in the military. Observing the transformative experience he had and the opportunities available to him inspired her to get more involved. She currently helps in several aspects of unit operations, primarily education support, photography, media and documentation. She currently works as an OB/GYN physician. After his Sea Cadet experience, her son went on to enlist in the US Coast Guard. He recently returned from a deployment with PATFORSWA in Bahrain.

Our Primary Sponsor

We are sponsored by The American Legion, Post 27, located in Farmington, Utah. Established in 1919, members strive to promote civic pride. The Farmington Legion and Auxiliary members have carried out regular service projects through the years to aid the town citizens and the needy families of veterans in the State of Utah, as well as those in veterans’ and children’s hospitals. Visits have been made to the Veterans’ Hospital in Salt Lake City to serve refreshments and provide entertainment for the disabled veterans.

 

The Jake Garn Squadron submits an article in the American Legion newsletter, every month, summarizing the current month's drill experiences.  Click the American Legion logo to access their website and the newsletters. 

Our Namesake
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The Jake Garn Squadron is named for Edwin Jacob “Jake” Garn, a prominent Utah Senator, Navy pilot, Air Force pilot and astronaut. 

Born in Richfield, Utah to a father who was a World War I fighter pilot, it was only natural that Brigadier General Edwin (Jake) Garn would gravitate to flying. Garn graduated from the University of Utah and was commissioned through the Naval ROTC program. By 1957, he was a pilot stationed at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Washington with the maritime patrol squadron VP-50 where he flew Martin P5M Marlin sea planes. The Marlin was the predecessor to the Lockheed P-3C aircraft later used by VP-50.

VP-50 was a long-lived Patrol Squadron of the U.S. Navy, having held that designation for 39 years from 1953 to 1992. Its nickname was the Blue Dragons. A Blue dragon is shown on the VP-50 Patch grasping a submarine.

While stationed at Whidbey, Garn deployed Iwakuni, Japan, where he and his crew conducted reconnaissance missions that lasted ten or more hours at a time cruising up and down the entire east coast of China. The crew monitored all activity, including submarine movement. Because reconnaissance depended mostly on the eyes of the crew members with some assistance from radar, Garn says he got to know the coast of China better than he has ever known the coasts of the U.S.

Some flights were uneventful; others were not. On one mission, Garn’s aircraft was approached by a MiG-15. The fighter flew so close that Garn could clearly see the pilot’s face. He said, “We had no air to air guns.” After several minutes, the pilot waved and flew away. Garn still vividly remembers the pilot’s face. After seven months, the crew returned to Whidbey Island to assume other missions.

In 1960, Garn completed his Navy commitment, and in 1963, he joined the Utah Air National Guard. In the early days of America’s Vietnam involvement, Garn flew supply missions to Vietnam. Garn piloted a C-124, the largest plane in the military fleet, and not-so-affectionately known as “Old Shaky.”

He continued his public service, beginning in 1968 as a Salt Lake City Commissioner, Mayor, and then U.S. Senator for 18 years. During this time, his membership on key committees and subcommittees allowed him to be an incredibly effective proponent of spaceflight and NASA.

In November of 1984, Senator Garn was invited by NASA to fly as a payload specialist on flight 51-D of the space shuttle Discovery. During the seven-day mission, he performed various medical tests. Space Shuttle Discovery Flight 51-D landed at Cape Canaveral on April 19, 1985 after orbiting the earth 109 times.

He was promoted to Brigadier General, following his flight with NASA

Watch the Jake Garn Short Documentary Here:

https://vimeo.com/187099850