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In Any Clime and Place

Marines visit Timaru Cadets during SK13

By Cpl. Scott Reel | U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific | December 06, 2013

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Sgt. Greg Wubben, civil affairs non-commissioned officer with 1st Civil Affairs Group, from Ridgefield, Wash., talks with an Air Force cadet while coalition forces visited the Timaru Christian School during exercise Southern Katipo 2013 aboard Timaru, New Zealand, Nov. 20. SK13 allows our service members to collaborate with partner countries to achieve mutual security goals, address shared concerns and continue to enhance our interoperability.

Sgt. Greg Wubben, civil affairs non-commissioned officer with 1st Civil Affairs Group, from Ridgefield, Wash., talks with an Air Force cadet while coalition forces visited the Timaru Christian School during exercise Southern Katipo 2013 aboard Timaru, New Zealand, Nov. 20. SK13 allows our service members to collaborate with partner countries to achieve mutual security goals, address shared concerns and continue to enhance our interoperability. (Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel)


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Cpl. Netana Waititi, infantryman with the New Zealand Royal Infantry Regiment, from Murupara, New Zealand, marches coalition forces at a parade ceremony while visiting the Timaru Christian School during exercise Southern Katipo 2013 aboard Timaru, New Zealand, Nov. 20. SK13 is designed to improve participating forces' combat training, readiness and interoperability as part of a Joint Inter-Agency Task Force.

Cpl. Netana Waititi, infantryman with the New Zealand Royal Infantry Regiment, from Murupara, New Zealand, marches coalition forces at a parade ceremony while visiting the Timaru Christian School during exercise Southern Katipo 2013 aboard Timaru, New Zealand, Nov. 20. SK13 is designed to improve participating forces' combat training, readiness and interoperability as part of a Joint Inter-Agency Task Force. (Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel)


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Sgt. Robert Sutcliffe, cadet with Timaru Cadet Unit, from Timaru, New Zealand, marches Army and Air Force cadets at a parade ceremony during exercise Southern Katipo 2013 aboard Timaru Christian School, New Zealand, Nov. 20. SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force.

Sgt. Robert Sutcliffe, cadet with Timaru Cadet Unit, from Timaru, New Zealand, marches Army and Air Force cadets at a parade ceremony during exercise Southern Katipo 2013 aboard Timaru Christian School, New Zealand, Nov. 20. SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force. (Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel)


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Staff Sgt. Jason Hunt, cadet with Timaru Cadet Unit, from Timaru, New Zealand, stands in formation at a parade ceremony while coalition forces visited the Timaru Christian School during exercise Southern Katipo 2013 aboard Timaru, New Zealand, Nov. 20. SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force.

Staff Sgt. Jason Hunt, cadet with Timaru Cadet Unit, from Timaru, New Zealand, stands in formation at a parade ceremony while coalition forces visited the Timaru Christian School during exercise Southern Katipo 2013 aboard Timaru, New Zealand, Nov. 20. SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force. (Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel)


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Cpl. Ndubisi Ejiofor, civil affairs non-commissioned officer for 1st Civil Affairs Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, from Lewisville, Texas, talks with Army and Air Force cadets while coalition forces visited the Timaru Christian School during exercise Southern Katipo 2013 aboard Timaru, New Zealand, Nov. 20. SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force.

Cpl. Ndubisi Ejiofor, civil affairs non-commissioned officer for 1st Civil Affairs Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, from Lewisville, Texas, talks with Army and Air Force cadets while coalition forces visited the Timaru Christian School during exercise Southern Katipo 2013 aboard Timaru, New Zealand, Nov. 20. SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force. (Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel)


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Jane Yarrall poses for a picture with Military Police Marines participating in exercise Southern Katipo 2013 aboard Timaru, New Zealand, Nov. 19, and spoke with them about her experiences with Marines passing through her parents’ Casino Hotel in route to the Pacific during World War II. SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force.

Jane Yarrall poses for a picture with Military Police Marines participating in exercise Southern Katipo 2013 aboard Timaru, New Zealand, Nov. 19, and spoke with them about her experiences with Marines passing through her parents’ Casino Hotel in route to the Pacific during World War II. SK13 strengthens military to military relationships and cooperation with partner nations and the New Zealand Defence Force. (Photo by courtesy photo)


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Staff Sgt. Jason Hunt, cadet with Timaru Cadet Unit, from Timaru, New Zealand, briefs service members about drill and ceremony procedures during exercise Southern Katipo 2013 aboard Timaru Christian School, New Zealand, Nov. 20. SK13 allows our service members to collaborate with partner countries to achieve mutual security goals, address shared concerns and continue to enhance our interoperability.

Staff Sgt. Jason Hunt, cadet with Timaru Cadet Unit, from Timaru, New Zealand, briefs service members about drill and ceremony procedures during exercise Southern Katipo 2013 aboard Timaru Christian School, New Zealand, Nov. 20. SK13 allows our service members to collaborate with partner countries to achieve mutual security goals, address shared concerns and continue to enhance our interoperability. (Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel)


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TIMARU, New Zealand --

Marines and coalition forces visited New Zealand Army and Air Force Cadets during exercise Southern Katipo 2013 aboard Timaru Christian School, New Zealand, Nov. 20.

Marines, United States Army soldiers and New Zealand Defence Force service members drilled with cadets during their weekly parade, pinned four cadets selected for promotion and answered a variety of questions about career paths in the military while visiting the school.

2nd Lt. Amos Sutcliffe, commander of cadets with the Timaru Cadet Unit, said the parent organization of the cadets is the New Zealand Army, which directs the activities and mentality of the school.

“What we have here is a youth organization with a military flavor,” Sutcliffe said. “Any opportunity to present our young guys and girls the opportunity to see what happens behind the scenes of our parent organization, we try to take advantage of it.”

The cadets range from 13 to 18 years of age and have been involved in the organization for different periods of time. At the event, every member took advantage of his or her first interaction with so many different services.

“We haven’t really seen a lot of different militaries to give us an idea of what’s out there,” said Cadet Tegan Robertson, member of the Timaru Cadet Unit. “So seeing all of the different services was really cool and fun as well.”

Sgt. Greg Wubben, a civil affairs non-commissioned officer with 1st Civil Affairs Group, felt just as honored as the cadets to have the chance to come together and celebrate developing military passions during SK13.

“You could tell they appreciated that we took the time to come here, but if anything, I appreciated them just letting us come and be apart of their ceremonies,” Wubben said.

Even at such a young age, the cadets crave the responsibilities and duties of the service members they idolize.

“They wear the uniform,” Sutcliffe said. “They desperately want to be part of it, and in small gatherings such as this, it gives commonality they would not otherwise get.”

1st Lt. Adams Lowe, military police officer with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, said the cadets who know what occupation they want puts them ahead of others planning to join a military force.

“When I first wanted to go into the Marine Corps, I had no idea what military occupational specialties were available to me,” Lowe said. “I thought it was all infantry, so for these kids to already know what they want to do really surprised me.”

SK13 presents a variety of opportunities for different nations to interact over a wide range of age groups and experience levels. The trip to the Timaru Christian School is one of many examples of the strengthening of camaraderie between the U.S. and allied nations.

“To see the collaborative interactions that are taking place on our streets, to hear the affections of the local people, exercise Southern Katipo has been nothing but a positive experience,” Sutcliffe said.

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