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Pictured Left : MAST Color Guard at the annual SADD Dinner for the Troops, hosted at CBA in honor of Lt. Dennis Zilinksi II

Pictured Right : Color Guard Commanders, Cadets Nolan and McCutcheon, speak at the Dinner for the Troops in honor of Lt. Dennis Zilinski II.

As it has been each year over the past decade, the 12th annual SADD Dinner for the Troops was once again a major success.The dinner was hosted on Tuesday night in honor of Lt. Dennis Zilinski II, a CBA and West Point graduate who was killed in action in 2005.The students from CBA SADD collaborated with Trinity Hall to serve the dinner to over 260 guests in the CBA Cafeteria, with assistance from Angelo’s Pizza and owner John Sanfratello.The guests were treated to a keynote address by Captain Mike Rodgers, former officer in the U.S. Army, about the lessons learned while in the armed forces. Captain Rodgers was also personally acquainted with Lt. Zilinski and spoke about his tremendous character as both a person and a soldier.

As is the tradition since 2011, the Naval JROTC unit of the Marine Academy of Science and Technology presented the nation’s colors. The MAST students also donated nearly $3,000 to the event.When all was said and done, the night raised over $8,500, which will go towards purchasing gift cards for servicemen and servicewomen who are deployed during this holiday season. This year’s total tops SADD’s previous record of $7,500.

All of this in honor of one of CBA’s bravest, Lt. Zilinski. A 2000 graduate of CBA, Zilinski had been captain of the Colts’ swim team. He would also go on to become captain of the men’s swim team at West Point, where he received the Class of 1923 Memorial Award for Outstanding Member. Zilinski was a rifle platoon leader with Bravo Company, First Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, Third Brigade Combat Team (Rakkasans), 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

(See article: https://www.cbalincroftnj.org/news/sadd-sets-new-fundraising-record-at-the-dinner-for-the-troops/ )

National Wreaths Across America Day
 Saturday, 15 December, was National Wreaths Across America Day, and some of our MAST students took part in the wreath laying at Fair View Cemetery in Middletown.

Pictured Left: (from left to right) Cadets Mansfield, Hurley, Hines, Gruspier, Coakley, and Luers.
Pictured Right: Cadet Hurley (event coordinator).

Military Member of the Month

Deborah Sampson
Continental Army

Deborah Sampson was born on December 17, 1760 in 
Plymouth, Massachusetts. Growing up as an indentured servant during the beginning of the Revolutionary War, Sampson was led by her 
patriotism in her desires to fight for the Continental Army. Despite the strict rules that forbade women to serve, Deborah Sampson, determined to defy the odds, dressed up as a man under the pseudonym Robert Shurtleff. In 1781, Sampson joined the Fourth Massachusetts Regiment
of the Continental Army, becoming the first American woman to ever serve in combat. Sampson saw combat in the Battle of Yorktown, as well as in a smaller battle near Tarrytown, New York, all the while keeping her i
dentity concealed. On one occasion, she even had to perform her own surgery by taking a bullet out of her leg, so as to prevent the doctors from seeing her true gender. Sampson served until the Treaty of Paris in 1783. After she received an honorable discharge, she went on to marry and have four children.

Cadets of the Quarter

Congratulations to our 
Cadets of the Quarter,
 Cadet Bell and Cadet Peddapalli! These cadets received this award 
for their outstanding performance 
in the second marking period 
of the school year. 
Keep up the great work!

Pictured Right: Cadet Bell receiving award
(Unpictured: Cadet Peddapalli)

 MAST cadets, along with Freeholder Deputy Director Lillian Burry and representatives from NJ State Police, packed boxes of goodies for the troops overseas as part of a drive spearheaded by Freeholder Burry in conjunction with the Lt. Dennis Zilinski, II Memorial Fund. Many cadets also made personal cards to enclose in the bags.


Congratulations MAST Drill Team!

For placing 3rd overall in the Area 4 Drill Competition at 

Colts Neck High School

(See pictures at 2018-2019 Photos>Area 4 Drill Competition)

Congratulations to everyone who was advanced or promoted at 

Freshman Underpromotions!

(See pictures at 2018-2019 Photos>Freshman Under-promotions)

Cadets from NJROTC units all over the Northeast receive an in-briefing from CAPT Brennock at the 
2018 Area 4 Leadership Academy / Sail Training (LA/ST) at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island.

Thursday, 21 March: Junior class to SUNY Maritime
Saturday, 23 March: St. Patrick's Day Parade in Highlands
Friday, 5 April: End of 3rd marking period
Friday, 19 April - Sunday, 28 April: Spring Break