Welcome U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Staff Members

Updated: Nov 19, 2021

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps are pleased to announce the recent hiring of several familiar faces who bring amazing talent, years of experience, and dedication to the program. We would like to formally welcome Rene Kretovics, Jeff Anderson, Joe Weggen, and Brittany Dipippo. Please welcome them to the Sea Cadet team!

 

Rene Kretovics comes to the headquarters team as a part-time contractor with nearly 30 years of Sea Cadet volunteer experience. Her role is a Training Assistant.


She is a true subject matter expert and has held just about every billet at the unit, region, and national training level. Rene will be assisting with and problem solving all Magellan-related issues. Bringing Rene onto the headquarters team is another opportunity to improve the Sea Cadet experience for all members, including providing better and timelier customer service to our volunteers.


Rene raised her hand to volunteer with the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps on Nov. 2, 1992. Her first opportunity to support our youth organization was as a unit supply officer with the Fort Fisher Division in San Diego, California. From 1993 to 2001, Rene further rose in rank from Ensign to Lieutenant Commander. From 2002 to 2020, Rene also served as commanding officer for a variety of units. In 2020, she joined the Regional Staff 083. She has facilitated more than 25 recruiting trainings, 15 Petty Officer Leadership Academies, 15 Flagship Competitions, four shipboard trainings, and a variety of other training opportunities.


Rene can be contacted at magellan@seacadets.org or polaris@seacadets.org.

 

Jeff Anderson serves as the Volunteer Training Specialist and brings years of active-duty and Sea Cadet excellence to his current position overseeing training for our adult volunteers.


Jeff first joined the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets at age 15 in 1985. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Battalion, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He served as Battalion Master-At-Arms and graduated in 1988 and soon after enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served 24 years as a Storekeeper retiring in August 2012.


His tours of duties included USS Bronstein (FF-1037), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), Aegis Development Site Moorestown, Naval Station Panama, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), USNS Sirius (AFS-8), Naval Support Activity Northwest, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Naval Recruiting District Richmond and his last and final duty station - USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).


As a Sea Cadet volunteer, Jeff as served as commanding officer of America Division for five years. Under his command in 2014, America Division was ranked fourth in the nation. He was also nominated as the 2009 Officer of the Year for Region 5-4. As Regional Director for 5-3, in 2016, 2018, and 2019, Viking Division was ranked first in the nation under his command. In 2020, Jeff was the runner-up to the Regional Director of the Year. Jeff has served as COTC for a variety of trainings to include RTC, POLA, MAA, STEM, and culinary arts. He currently serves on the Adult Advisory Committee and is chairman of the Adult Training Subcommittee.


Jeff can be contacted at janderson@seacadets.org.

 

Joe Weggen also brings years of Sea Cadet experience from the deck plates to our headquarters team. He will serve as the Cadet Training Specialist and will oversee the training of our Sea Cadets and League Cadets.


Joe first joined the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps in 2003 as a League Cadet. Transitioned to Sea Cadets and finished the program as a Chief. He then continued after graduation as midshipmen. He served for eight years as a division officer, then served as an operations officer with America Division. He currently volunteers as the executive officer of the Mooberry Division.


Joe attended and staffed dozens of trainings across the country. As an officer, he was the officer in charge of POLA and division officer for the international exchange program.


He received his bachelor’s and master’s in teaching physical education from Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduation he spent time working in health care consulting, higher education, and most recently the vaccine effort with the City of Alexandria.


Joe can be contacted at joe.weggen@seacadets.org.

 

Brittany DiPippo has joined the headquarters team working alongside Jennifer Cragg, Director of Strategic Communications as a part-time contractor. Her role is a Communications Specialist, and she brings marketing, graphic design, video and photography skillsets that will help promote the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps experience now and in 2022 when we celebrate our 60th anniversary.

Brittany volunteers with the Falcon Division in Rhode Island. She will continue to offer her support through producing high-quality graphic design services, developing new promotional materials, editing videos, and working on the Seafarer Magazine.


She will also help create training courses to standardize Public Affairs practices across our youth organization.


Brittany can be contacted at bdippipo@seacadets.org.

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