This is the second installment of a three-part series on MHS graduate Logan Cameron, a junior at the United States Naval Academy. Part one focused on his daily life at the Academy, and part three will discuss Cameron’s recommendations on how to apply to a military academy. This article explores his adventures beyond Annapolis and the Academy.
“Join the Navy. See the Word” has never been an official Navy Slogan, but it was a popular World War II advertising slogan that many still recall. Since joining the Navy and attending the United States Naval Academy (USNA), Morgan High graduate Logan Cameron has been able to see and experience varied cultures and parts of the world.
“At the Academy, I have met people from all over the world,” Cameron detailed. “The people that I have come in contact with have taught me more than the Academy.”
“At the Academy, we have exchanges with our allies, and students come from other countries. It’s all about building relationships with other countries,” he explained. “These are experiences that I never had in Morgan, and I love the exposure to the world that the Academy has given me geographically and culturally.”
Cameron explained that each summer is divided into three blocks. Midshipmen are assigned to trainings during two blocks and are allowed leave the third block. The purpose for summer trainings is to expose Midshipmen to all the different options the Navy has to offer, including the Marines.
The summer after his freshman year, Cameron was able to participate in the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Alaska. “My first summer I was able to spend 30 days in the Alaskan wilderness with NOLS. For 30 days, a small unit of 12 of us worked to together to accomplish pre-determined goals and develop leadership skills,” he recalled. “This was an amazing experience to see what I could do and develop my skills working with others.”
“One day, we had a task to hike 2.5 miles, and it was supposed to take us four hours. Eight and a half hours later, after hiking through glacial moraine that didn’t show up on the map, we finally returned to camp,” he related. “Learning to work through situations that don’t go exactly right is very important.”
Cameron loved his time in Alaska, but also spent part of the summer after his sophomore year in warmer climates attending a four-week training, Protramid (Professional Training of Midshipmen), meant to more fully expose midshipmen to all their options in the Navy. This program took him to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton where he experienced the Marine Corps, Naval Base Coronado, Naval Base San Diego (or 32nd Base) and Naval Base Point Loma. At Point Loma he learned, “I have the upmost respect for the submariners, but it is definitely not for me.”
Cameron must decide if he wants to commission Navy or Marine but is leaning towards the Marines. “I spent a month last summer at Camp LeJeune in North Carolina. I got to experience a tank battalion and an Osprey unit.”
“I like the idea of ‘embracing the suck,” the culture is pulling me in,” he explained.
As he prepares for the final summer training before his senior year, Cameron is looking to participate in Leatherneck, a training for potential Marines. In this training at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia, he will be subjected to different evaluations, attend classes and participate in field ops. He would love to become a Marine Corps pilot and provide close air support, but all of these plans depend on passing different tests, screenings and other requirements. Cameron looks forward to the challenge of the future with gusto.
“When you enter the Academy, you have to quickly learn to cope with being told what to do and the processes at the Academy. You have to work hard and be patient with others and yourself. You are going to fail, but you can’t let your failures break you down. You need to learn from your failures and keep progressing,” he imparted.
For the young man from Morgan who stepped off the graduation stage at the Dee Events center three years ago in May, the Naval Academy has been a passport to different cultures and experiences. Cameron praises the people at the Academy who have not only shown him the world, but also allowed him to “constantly surround himself with people who are striving to improve and who are seeking adventure.”