Unit 9-1-1 Alumni

Meet our recent grads

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Daniel Kostenko

Attended Missouri Military Academy and will attend Norwich University in Vermont to study Computer Security/Information and pursue a career as a Naval Officer in the Cybersecurity field.

I joined the Sea Cadets when I was 12 as a League Cadet. I became a Sea Cadet when I turned 13 and that summer I was off to Boot Camp

On favorite training:

In my five years as a Sea Cadet, my favorite training was the USS Ambition, a simulated Aircraft Carrier. What made it so memorable was the fact that in my Carrier Air Group there were people from all over the country. I still talk to them to this day.

Kevin Guerra

Warren Township High School in Gurnee, IL and plans on enlisting in the Navy and working as a cryptologic technician

 I met so many people that I still keep in contact with today it’s a different kind of family you form when you experience tough situations with people you didn’t know you form a kind of bond that lasts for quite a while.

On favorite training:

MAA training was a really cool learning experience they taught us a hand-to-hand combat maneuvers, how to disarm a person and we learned how the military would handle an active shooter scenario. 

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Blayz Schultz

Attended Warren Township Highschool in Grayslake, IL, and plans on enlisting in the Navy/Marines

I am from Grayslake, IL, and attended Warren Township Highschool.  During my school years I have acquired my Deputy 1 belt in Tae Kwon Do and I have also been on the Cross Country and Track Team in Highschool.

On favorite training:

Boot camp is a memorable experience because you learn the basics to a lot of things you need to be in the navy. I would recommend going to boot camp if you want to be able to go to other training and if you want to get to know about the Navy.

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Anthony Joyce

Graduate from Guerin Prep High School in River Grove, IL and will attend Lewis University to study Aviation Administration

My time in the program goes back to my sophomore year in high school.

On favorite training:

My most memorable training is boot camp. A piece of advice my Navy veteran uncle gave me was to try to establish a friendship with your bunkmate. Luckily, we bonded well and motivated ourselves over the days. The training opportunities I was exposed to were invaluable. Eating and training alongside Navy recruits was a surreal experience.

Samuel Shin

Attended Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, IL and will attend the United States Naval Academy

I joined the Sea Cadets in 9th grade to learn more about the Navy. 

On favorite training:

A memorable training was the Basic Medical Training in Cambridge, Minnesota. It was right after my boot camp, and I applied because it lined up with my schedule. The biggest challenge for me was the rigorous schedule, since we were up early and were in the classroom in the morning, then spent the afternoons doing medical drills in the field. On the last day we drove to a beach and played football and swam all day, which was a great end to a great week

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