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Young Sea Cadets Return From Six-Day ‘Voyage of Discovery’ in Mt. Sinai Harbor

September 28, 2015 – (Mt. Sinai, NY, U.S.A.) – Six teenage U.S. Naval Sea Cadets from Long Island who set sail from Mt. Sinai Harbor returned from their 6-day Voyage of Discovery, bringing back a lifetime of practical sea experience and tactical training. Captain Roger Noakes and three experienced crewmen sailed with the aspiring U.S. Navy Midshipmen aboard the Nada, a 47-foot sailing vessel.

The six-day and six-night sail started on August 14th and included voyages to Connecticut, Cape Cod and back to Mt. Sinai Harbor (Brookhaven – Cedartown Beach) on August 20th. The sea experience included site tours and training. The Voyage of Discovery empowered the young sailors with confidence, courage and character through this opportunity to sail the Nada. Prior to the sail, the Sea Cadets received months of hands-on training in coastal navigation and seamanship at the Sea Cadet training program in East Moriches.

The Voyage of Discovery was supported by a generous sponsorship from Retlif Testing Laboratories (Headquarters: Ronkonkoma, NY), a leading independent testing laboratory. Retlif President Walter Poggi commented, “We felt it was a wonderful opportunity to promote critical self-reliance and teamwork in young cadets while giving them the opportunity to experience history, science and inspiration.”

“This was a life-changing experience for these young men,” commented Captain Noakes. “Our mission is to inspire young people, build their confidence, character and transform their lives.”

The Sea Cadets earned the privilege to participate in the adventure and were selected by the unit leaders from the Sea Cadet training program. Life lessons were taught at sea as the Sea Cadets were on 4-hour rotations, 24-hours a day throughout the voyage.

“The voyage tested our limits and provided the opportunity of a lifetime. It also taught us valuable skills that become important at sea,” said Cadet Wesley Pase (town). “To get from point A to point B, the crew had to work as a team. No matter how hungry or how tired we were, we worked together to get the task done.”

The journey began as the Nada set sail on August 14th at 4 p.m., leaving Mt. Sinai Harbor. The crew sailed through the night and arrived at dawn on the Thames River in Connecticut. The Sea Cadets toured the Coast Guard Academy – Jacob’s Rock (Sail Training Facility), and the three-masted USCGC Eagle barque before departing New London that night. They then sailed to the Stellwagon Bank area north of Cape Cod off the coast of Massachusetts to study humpback whales. The vessel returned to Mt. Sinai on August 20.

For More Information Please Visit: www.SailingNada.org.

Expansion & New Accreditations

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Retlif has finalized the accreditation process for its new dedicated Composites Testing Laboratory. Located within the Composite Prototyping Center (CPC), in Plainview, New York, the new laboratory is now fully accredited to IS0-STD-17025, the international standard that represents the basis for accreditation from an accrediting body through formal recognition of demonstration of that competence. Administered by the Laboratory Accreditation Bureau (L-A-B), the accreditation enables a broader acceptance of test data generated, as the requirement for accreditation is requisite in industries where composites are widely used, including aerospace, military, rail and automotive industry sectors.

Leonard Poveromo, CPC Executive Director commented, “We are extremely pleased that Retlif is fully approved as the Composite Prototyping Center structural testing source for composites. This furthers our goals of helping organizations cross boundaries, expand manufacturing scope, and effectively compete in fast-expanding, dynamic markets. Retlif engineers and technicians will have full access to utilize all equipment within the Center.”

Retlif President Walter Poggi stated, “This recognition complements Retlif’s existing accreditations which include over 500 international and domestic EMI/EMC and Environmental Simulation test methods.”

 

Islip Honors Retlif

Citing “Companies that commit themselves to their town and county to ensure the improvement and success of future generations deserve special recognition”, the Town of Islip recently recognized Retlif Testing Laboratories.

Retlif, a leading USA strategic compliance and testing organization providing Electromagnetic Interference and Environmental Simulation testing services, received the prestigious Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award as “Best Of The Best” from the US Defense Security Service (DSS). Retlif is one of only 40 facilities from over 13,500 defense contractors to receive the honor.

The Town’s proclamation noted “Their efforts and dedication made a significant difference throughout the Town Of Islip and across the country.  We are proud to have their award-winning business located in our Town.”  The  citation also mentioned Retlif’s “exemplary service and devotion to our community.  We truly appreciate their effort and wish them continued success in all their future endeavors”.

Islip Board presentation

Pictured: (Left to right) Councilman John Cochrane, Jr., Scott Poggi, Marilyn Poggi, Councilman Steve Flotteron, Walter Poggi, Town Clerk Olga Murray, William Hayes of Retlif, Councilman Anthony Senft, Jr., Supervisor Tom Croci, Receiver of Taxes Alexis Weik, and Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt.