Amityville, NY – Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory was on hand this past weekend to congratulate and present a proclamation to Babylon resident and U.S Naval Sea Cadet Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Ruf at his chiefs’ pinning ceremony at the Naval Operational Support Center in Farmingdale.
Nicholas Ruf has been member of the U.S Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC), a youth organization supported by the US Navy and the US Coast Guard, since age 11 and has completed several trainings and correspondence courses. Ruf’s hard work and determination led him to joining a very select group of cadets with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. There are currently roughly 14,000 cadets nationwide enrolled in the USNSCC and only .4 percent of members earn this title.
The chiefs' pinning ceremony is a tradition unique to the Navy, which dates back to 1893 and signifies the transition into a new position of leadership and responsibility.
Chief Petty Officer Ruf has decided to enlist in the United States Navy and is scheduled to leave for boot camp this September.
Caption for Photo: Presiding Officer Gregory presents a proclamation to Nicholas Ruf of Babylon at his USNSCC chiefs’ pinning ceremony on Sunday, March 11 in Farmingdale.