Ansley Odell, 18, was selected this summer as one of two cadets from the United States to participate in the Naval Sea Cadet Corp International Exchange Program trip to Hong Kong. The program provides the opportunity to learn about history, cultural differences and nautical traditions hosted by cadets in Hong Kong Sea Cadet Corps. The itinerary also includes a city tour, water sports, sea survival training, shopping and sightseeing. Odell applied for the opportunity because of a love for learning about new cultures, foods and sights.
“From my first day as a recruit to my current position as Assistant Lead Petty Officer for the 2745th Seabee Battalion as a Petty Officer First Class (E6), I have been on an adventure,” said Odell. “This program has developed my strength, athletic ability, patriotism, and leadership skills. My favorite trainings have included Homeland Security and Special Boats. I obtained sailing qualifications, studied navigation, scuba and earned my boating license. Our drill weekends have included experiences like flying in private planes, rock climbing, marksmanship and combat simulator training, fire fighting, wilderness survival and marching in the Veteran’s Day Parade.”
Odell joined the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps in Fall of 2009. She has had opportunities to travel to Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Scotland and Western Canada to participate in trainings. Odell is the Recipient of the 2011 William T. Schwendler Award for Excellence.
The 2745th Seabee Battalion is a unit of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps. The Battalion is based in metro Atlanta and currently drills at the Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta. The unit provides a naval and military based organization for young men and women age 11-18. Cadets are introduced to naval life with weekend drills and a two-week scaled down version of the Navy’s boot camp called Recruit Training. They learn basic military regulations and take tests to advance in rank.
Ansley Odell has been accepted to Texas A & M Maritime Academy at Galveston for the fall where she will major in Marine Transportation.
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