Great to see another great RWOPEARSON CHESNEY, Regimental Waterfront Executive Officer (RWX)
As the Regimental Waterfront Executive Director, Midshipman Pearson Chesney, 1/C, is second in command under Patrick Lyell, Regimental Officer (RWO), with Thomas Simon, Regimental Waterfront Operations Officer (RWOPS) third in command.
Midshipman Chesney interviewed for this position and was considered the best candidate. He comes highly qualified for the job at hand. He was on the varsity rowing crew his Plebe year. He has been a member of the Power Squadron for three years, and over that time span proved he could handle a boat. His dedication paid off as Midshipman Chesney is the Captain of BB-44 (boat name supplied by the Sailing Foundation), a 28 ft boat. He is responsible for everything on the boat from cleaning, refueling, to organizing boat trips. His team consists of five crew, and they take training trips to harbors in the East River and other nearby stops.
Pearson Chesney is not a sailor, which begs the question – why USMMA? It makes sense because this talented Lieutenant grew up in Chesapeake, VA near lots of rivers and inlets and was only 30 minutes from Virginia Beach. He and his father, who was in the Navy for 27 years, used the family motorboat to explore the waters around his childhood home. With his power boating experience and a strong resume, he was a perfect candidate for USMMA. However, as Midshipman Chesney is quick to point out, USMMA emphasizes that no prior experience is needed for the waterfront – they will teach you everything you need to know. Moreover, he added, they have excellent waterfront staff that provides an excellent program. It didn’t hurt, though, that all those times shared with his father taught him a lot about power boating.
There are three leadership positions on the Waterfront with shared responsibilities. So how does that work out between the three of them? Midshipman Lyell supervises everything, Midshipman Chesney does a lot of the administrative tasks that are needed and acts as kind of the “enforcer” if something needs to get done, and Midshipman Simon handles the planning and logistics. However, in the end, nothing is set in stone. The three of them do whatever is needed to get the job done. “We work well as a team.”
So how does Midshipman Chesney fit all his responsibilities in his schedule? It’s all about time management which he has honed over the years. Classes, homework Power Squadron, Men’s club volleyball. There’s more. He is a certified EMT in New York State because in his Plebe year he took classes all year and got certified in June 2016. He is on watch approximately every three weeks which means he is “on call” for five days and responds to all calls. USMMA has its own EMT to transfer emergency cases to North Shore Hospital. “I am passionate about helping others”
YIKES! This guy is really, really busy.
But the story isn’t finished yet. At the end of the interview, Midshipman Chesney said, in a “by the way” kind of comment, that he is an Eagle Scout!
According to Wikipedia, “Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The designation ‘Eagle Scout’ was founded over one hundred years ago. Only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process. The requirements necessary to achieve this rank take years to fulfill.
Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges. The Eagle Scout must demonstrate Scout Spirit, an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes the accomplishments of the Scout.”
Did I mention that he was an excellent candidate for USMMA and by extension, the Regimental Waterfront Executive Officer? ... See MoreSee Less
Still in need of support for greet lakes warrior tour 2018! This is a short clip of our first training last week.
We need connections to Chicago based support teams that want to get involved. Come sail alongside warriors and attend our dinner on July 19th. Email Ben directly for more information. Ben@warriorsailing.org