Our History

In 2006 an article ran in the Citrus County Chronicle indicating that a local division of the U. S. Naval Sea Cadet program was starting up in Citrus County. The article advised that veterans as well as interested adults could apply to serve as Instructors and/or Officers in the program. At that time the VFW of Beverly Hills was sponsoring the division. Our first organizational meetings took place at the VFW and they also gave monies to assist in the start up organization.

This very worthwhile organization was headed up by LCDR Myron Wambold, NSCC. Together with INST Harvey Dunn and LCDR Walmbold two other adults responded to the advertisement. Positions of Commanding Officer was filled by LCDR Wambold, Executive Officer by Ens. Sharp, Supply Officer by Ens. Tarascio and Administrative Officer by Inst. H. Dunn.

USCG STA Yankeetown, Yankeetown, Florida opened up their facilities for our drills. It was determined that the unit would drill on the second weekend of each month from 9 AM until 4 PM both Saturday and Sunday.

Our beginnings were small with around six cadets signed up. Drills consisted of classes on Naval Orientation, military drill, physical training, and classroom training.

From those humble beginnings we have developed a wonderful working relationship with the Coast Guard Station and its personnel and are a recognized effective youth organization. We develop young people into responsible young adults. Along the way we have not only trained youth from Citrus County but also Levy, Marion, Hernando, Alachua and Pasco counties.

In July of 2012 Manatee Division was recognized as reaching Commissioning Strength of 25 actively enrolled Sea Cadets. In September of 2012, the unit held its Commissioning Ceremony. In attendance was: LCDR Myron Wambold, NSCC (ret), the founding Commanding Officer, Mr. Chris Paddock, the President of the Central Florida Region of the NLUS, USCG BM1 Michael Greene, XPO of USCG STA Yankeetown, who spoke at the ceremony.

June 2015, Chris Paddock, outgoing president of the Navy League Central Florida asked LCDR Todd Dunn to present the Navy League Scroll of Honor to the crew of STA Yankeetown for their outstanding support of the Sea Cadets and of MANATEE Division. The Scroll of Honor is the second highest award of the Navy League.