NEWS & EVENTS
Wreaths across America is a national program designed to place a holiday wreath on the grave of every fallen veteran in military cemeteries across the country. As in past years, we are fundraising to participate in this nationwide event at our local historic cemetery located at Fort Douglas Military Cemetery on December 11, 2021.
This ceremony is very solemn and meaningful to our unit and to the families of the fallen.
Wreaths may be sponsored at the cost of $15 each.
Contact us for more information or to purchase a wreath in honor or remembrance of a veteran.
Wreaths across America
Resumption of In-Person Drills
Posted February 12, 2021
The Jake Garn Squadron is excited to announce that we will be resuming in-person drill at our usual location, the Utah Military Academy in Riverdale, UT. This change is occurring after a nearly one-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
Strict COVID-19 protocols will be in place, including intake temperature and symptom screening at the quarterdeck, mandatory mask-wearing, social distancing, frequent sanitizing and hand washing. Thank you in advance for adherence to these measures to help keep everyone safe.
Recruitment is a Priority
Updated February 21, 2021
Unit numbers are low and recruitment has been limited, with the pandemic likely a contributing factor. We have a variety of exciting drills, trainings and projects coming up (topics are listed under "Cadet Life") and are optimistic we can grow our unit.
We would like all cadets to focus on recruiting for the unit. Talk to your friends and invite them to a drill. Recruit candidates are welcome to shadow any time. The only requirement is that their parent/guardian fill out the proper waiver, available on this website under "Home" -> "Drill Visit". Parents/guardians are always welcome to observe drill activities as well.
We are hoping that 2021 will be a banner year for the squadron. With everyone helping, we can continue to develop this squadron with dedicated young adults who are motivated to improve themselves and the unit as a whole.
Upcoming FTX offers AT credit
Posted February 21, 2021
We are currently preparing for an overnight Field Training Exercise (FTX) to be held offsite in May. This training will combine all the skills and elements necessary for a realistic Marine Corps IED route-clearing operation.
Participation in upcoming drills (that will cover the requisite training for the FTX), plus attendance at the offsite FTX, will provide the additional benefit of an Advanced Training (AT) credit (required for rank advancement) for the cadets.
We are currently preparing for an offsite Drill in May 2021 with our other local unit (Battleship Utah). Over the next 3 scheduled drills (Feb, Mar, Apr), cadets in both units will learn the necessary skills to carry out a simulated Marine Corps IED route-clearing mission. We will then meet together for a 3-day camping FTX, which will also provide Advanced Training credit for the participating cadets.
Summer training will be here before you know it. If you need to save money to attend, now is the time to start. New recruit cadets need to prioritize attending RT (Recruit Training) in order to take advantage of all that the Sea Cadet program has to offer.
As soon as the Summer Training schedule becomes available, cadets will be notified and able to sign up. Due to the ongoing pandemic, in-person overnight trainings this year will be held at the regional levels. Regional training for our unit will be taking place at Camp Williams in Bluffdale 26 Jun - 3 Jul 21. Recruit Training and other offerings are currently being planned. All cadets should take advantage of this local opportunity.