Mastic Beach, NY - October 20, 2014 - The William Floyd Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) recently held their cadet commissioning ceremony where seven seniors were installed as unit leaders. The ceremony was held in front of the Old Mastic House on the grounds of the William Floyd Estate, the site of the ancestral home of William Floyd, a Revolutionary War general and one of only 56 men to sign the Declaration of Independence.
William Floyd High School Naval Science Instructors Senior Chief Dwight Becherer and Commander Jay Tweed commissioned Corey Penney and Taylor Hausser as the unit’s commanding officer and executive officer, respectively. Additionally, Rashelle Batres, Matt Hilburn and Alex Hughes will serve as platoon commanders; and Mohammad Talha and Endy Chicas will serve in department head positions.
“The new cadet officers have already honed their skills with two to three years of naval science studies, academic excellence and extracurricular activities,” said Senior Chief Becherer. “Now they can hold themselves to a higher standard because of their leadership and team building skills, and in their pride for the program.”
Pictured: The 2014-2015 William Floyd High School NJROTC Commissioned Officers in front of the Old Mastic House at the William Floyd Estate. Standing from left to right are: Taylor Hausser, Executive Officer; Endy Chicas, Department Head; Corey Penney, Commanding Officer; Matt Hilburn, Platoon Leader; Mohammed Talha, Department Head; Rashelle Batres, Platoon Leader; and Alex Hughes, Platoon Leader.