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Cedaredge native participates in NROTC ship selection draft

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Navy Midshipman Samuel J. Williamson from Cedaredge participated in the 2017 spring Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) ship selection draft as a future member of the U.S. Navy's Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) community.

More than 280 midshipmen at Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) units around the country have selected to serve in the Navy as surface warfare officers. Each selecting midshipman is ranked according to his or her grade point average, aptitude scores and physical fitness.

"NROTC has provided an environment for me to learn what it means to be busy and manage my time," said Williamson. "Along with this it has also given me leadership experience. With this experience I have improved my ability to work effectively on a team. I have also been able to learn how I like to lead and how and when to follow or lead. This unit has also enhanced my critical thinking."

According to their rankings, each midshipman provided their preference of ship or homeport to the junior officer detailer at the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tenn.

"To me, the ship selection means the beginning of my career as a naval officer," said Williamson.

Williamson, a 2012 Cedaredge High School graduate, has selected to serve aboard USS San Jacinto. Williamson is majoring in mechanical engineering while attending University of Colorado Boulder. Upon graduation, Williamson will receive a commission as a Navy ensign and report aboard San Jacinto as a surface warfare officer.

San Jacinto is a Ticonderoga-class cruiser home-ported in Norfolk, Va. Modern U.S. Navy guided-missiled cruisers perform primarily in a battle force role supporting carrier battle groups, amphibious forces or operating independently and as flagships of surface action groups.

"I am most excited for being a part of a well-rounded team," said Williamson. "I am also looking forward to the change in every day life from that of being in school."

While NROTC units are spread out across the country and vary in size, they all teach midshipmen the values, standards, abilities and responsibility that it takes to become a Navy officer and lead this nation's sons and daughters in protecting freedom on the seven seas.

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