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Cruiser Indianapolis (CA-35) Division, USNSCC

Navy Reserve Center-Indianapolis



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No Summer Drill

Posted by LTJG Sauter on July 6, 2015 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (34)

Please note that there is no drill for cadets in July or August for the time being.  July drill is for officers only.

Now Accepting Donations thru PayPal

Posted by LTJG Sauter on October 29, 2014 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

We have Donation buttons on the main page and the About Us page of this website.  These buttons will allow you to donate to us (100% tax deductable as we are a 501c3 corporation) via PayPal.   You may use your credit card or your PayPal balance to donate with ease.  Your donations will help the unit with sending cadets to trainings, buying needed supplies for drill, offsetting expenses with buying uniforms for the cadets and much more.  The officers and cadets thank you very much for your consideration!

LTJG Sauter


Posted by LTJG Sauter on October 8, 2014 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (376)

It has been an honor and a pleasure to be CO of this division and as WO Snair takes the helm I know that it is in great hands. With the dedicated staff of Cruiser Indianapolis we are ascending to great heights in the future. Thanks to WO Snair as XO for the past 2 years. Thanks to LCDR Gill and LCDR DeWitt for all the support and guidance. Thank you to LT Witte, ENS Beall, INST's Kinkead, Smith, Kinsey and HMC Egan for the awesome dedication to the unit. And thanks to other officers in the Corps in other units whom I have met.


As of yesterday afternoon I decided I can't fully leave the Corps at this point. I love the mission too much. I just can't leave the cadets and all the officers who I consider my friends just yet. I will be the units Recruiting and Public Affairs Officer which gives me a flexible schedule to work with and the chance to spread the word around Central Indiana of our great unit. Thanks to all the parents for support and friendship and, of course, the cadets, who we do all this for!!

LTJG Sauter

Cadets in Summer Training

Posted by LTJG Sauter on May 14, 2014 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (49)

I am very pleased with the participation in summer trainings this year.

So far we have confirmed billets for Recruit Training at RTC Great Lakes for Cadets Christy, Dobbs, Halloran, Holtz, Leming, Montgomery, Murphy, Richey, Sheline, Smith, Swan, Tucker and Whitlow.  We are awaiting orders for one more for RTIL.

Cadet Russell is attending RT at Fort Indiantown Gap in Pennsylvania.

Cadet Nemeth is confirmed for LO at Fort Custer.

PO2 Compton will be staffing Recruit Training at Camp Pendleton, California.

Cadet Holtz will be attending MAA training in Florida and sailing aboard the Manatra on Lake Michigan after his recruit training this summer.

Cadet Leming will be aboard the Grayfox after recruit training.  Cadet Richey will head off to Marksmanship training in Illinois after RT.

Cadets Breen and Snair are going to small boat training in Norfolk.  After that Cadet Snair is going to communications/electronics training in California.

BZ to all!

LTJG Sauter

USS Indianapolis Survivors Reunion

Posted by LTJG Sauter on May 14, 2014 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (11)

We will provide Color Guard and escort of survivors again this year for the USS Indianapolis Reunion.   Downtown at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Sunday 27JUL14.  Exact reporting time will be communicated when we are advised.  All cadets are encouraged to attend.

Food Drive, Fort Harrison

Posted by LTJG Sauter on May 14, 2014 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (6)

USS Indianapolis Ship 35 will be hosting a food drive at the Commissary at Fort Harrison again this year and we need cadets to help out for the day.  This will count towards community service hours.  You may work all or part of the day.  Exact hours will be posted when communicated to us.

Color Guard for Miracle Ride for Riley

Posted by LTJG Sauter on April 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (3)

All cadets are invited to attend.  Dress Whites.  Color Guard will present Colors at stage.

Calendar Items

Posted by LTJG Sauter on November 5, 2013 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (2)

ALL:  Some new items have been added to the calendar for the next few months!  Holidays were added and some items that we know are coming up such as March PRT and a planned meeting for parents of boot camp candidates.

November Drill

Posted by LTJG Sauter on October 28, 2013 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (5)

POM has been sent out for November drill.  Saturday is K9 demo, Sunday is Firefighting and HazMat Level 1 with practicals.  Color Guard is needed at NOSC both Saturday and Sunday.

Crown Hill Cemetery. Flag Placement.

Posted by LTJG Sauter on October 20, 2013 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (5)



Two items have been added to the calendar for November on the website.  Our regular drill weekend is 02/03NOV.   Added is the following;


09NOV13 at 0800-  We are helping the Indiana Guard Reserve with placing American flags on the graves of Veterans in Crown Hill Cemetery in honor of Veterans Day.  We will meet at the chapel.  Drive through the main gate on Boulevard Place south of 38th St and follow that road till you see the Chapel. Plan on about 2 hours.  


16NOV13 at 0800- Pickup of the flags at Crown Hill. Meet at same location. This goes quicker so plan on 1 hour or so.


You will receive community service credit hours towards your Community Service Ribbon.


These are enjoyable mornings and they are a great way to honor the brave men and women who have served our country.



Ham Radio Class

Posted by LTJG Sauter on September 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (359)

Have you ever thought about getting into Amateur Radio? Also known as Ham Radio. Learn basic electronics and be able to talk around the world. Ham radio is one of the most reliable forms of communications and often the only form during times of emergency.

You have a chance to earn your license 28/29 September at Camp Atterbury at Atterbury Battalions drill. Both class days are required. Overnight is available. Email me if you are interested.

LTJG Sauter

73 de K9TDI (that's ham talk)

Hoosier Fallen Heroes Memorial

Posted by LTJG Sauter on September 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (7)

28 SEP 13

Downtown at American Legion Mall


Reading of names and release of lighted balloons.

Sea Cadets are invited to participate.

Cookout Saturday 31AUG @1100-1600

Posted by LTJG Sauter on August 28, 2013 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (6)

REMINDER-  Our Division sponsor, the Navy Club Ship 35, is having a cookout on 31 Aug from 1100-1600 at the Veterans Center at 59th St and Lee Rd in Lawrence at the old Fort Harrison.  They have been kind enough to invite everybody to attend.   This is an opportunity to take a look at what will most likely be our new headquarters starting next summer!  Come and eat some good food and meet some Navy Veterans.  They are excited to get to know the cadets and our Division better.

Some Updates...

Posted by LTJG Sauter on August 14, 2013 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (10446)

This is an update on items coming up.


1-  Joint drill at the Mattoon Air Show 24/25 Aug in Mattoon IL.   Email has been sent already with specifics. Many have responded with your intentions on attendance and I thank you. Regular drill at NOSC is 7/8 SEPT


2- Our Division sponsor, the Navy Club Ship 35, is having a cookout on 31 Aug from 1100-1600 at the Veterans Center at 59th St and Lee Rd in Lawrence at the old Fort Harrison.  They have been kind enough to invite everybody to attend.   This is an opportunity to take a look at what will most likely be our new headquarters starting next summer!  Come and eat some good food and meet some Navy Veterans.  They are excited to get to know the cadets and our Division better.


3- Plans are proceeding to close the NOSC at 30th and White River.  I was given a date of 09JUL14 for closure by the Navy.  The new NOSC is located on 59th Street in Lawrence at the old Fort Harrison.   The new NOSC is smaller and there are already space issues for the Navy.  It is going to be very crowded in there. As a result we have been looking around for alternatives and found a good one thanks to our sponsor, Navy Club Ship 35, in the Veterans Center at the Fort.  It is across the street and just a short walk west of the new NOSC.


 They have offered a good size area to be built out for our office/storage etc. plus use of the facility including a large conference hall.  There is an outdoor picnic area with grills and a new mess being built (I'm thinking maybe we can get a few parents to come and prepare lunch for cadets on drill weekend, grilling burgers etc. hint, hint. Its better than stuffing them with greasy pizza!) plus a great Army/Navy souvenir store that they can open up for us.  


The location is right by the Commissary and Exchange, Indiana National Guard Armory, new NOSC, Fort Harrison State Park and a running track plus woods and more.   Myself, WO Snair and LCDR Gill have visited and are excited about the move and think it will open many additional possibilities for the cadets.  While we will miss the history and atmosphere of Heslar we must look forward to great opportunities over the horizon!  The veterans in the Navy Club Ship 35 have been VERY accommodating and enthusiastic about us joining them.  At this point it looks like a go for our move to have the space and still be by the NOSC to interact with the Navy for training etc.  


4- I am very happy to welcome aboard new officers!


INST Don Kinsey, transferred from Charleston, South Carolina.  He was aboard the Yorktown Division and he and his son are involved with Cruiser now.  He is in management with Caterpillar in Greenwood.  He will be our Operations Officer.


INST Mark Smith, has been with us for a year but has made it official now and has been a great help in the past.  He is on the board of the USS Indianapolis Museum and works for an architectural firm.  He is our Personnel Officer.


INST Ryan Sheline has joined and he is engaged to a Petty Officer at the NOSC.  He is a firefighter and also works at Home Depot and is an enthusiastic addition to the staff.  He is helping with training and will be our Supply Officer.


INST Jordan Kinkead left the Navy in February and brings expertise and knowledge of the Navy in joining us.  He was a Petty Officer 2nd Class and served aboard an aircraft carrier and overseas in Japan and Bahrain.  A natural fit for him is Training Officer!


LT Dave Witte, our past CO, was offered a position back in Indiana and will be staying with the division.  He will be living in Bedford but will be making the trip up when possible and also is available for consultation.  I'm glad that he is back in the state!!


As we are all volunteers in this great organization I want to thank them for giving up their time to further the goals of the Corps in developing our cadets to fine young men and women. They will help the Division run smoothly and bring fresh ideas and opportunities for the cadets.  I can't say enough on how blessed Cruiser is to have a full contingent of officers!


5- If you know of any young men and women that might be interested in joining us please have them contact me.  We want to make this a great, dynamic division this coming fiscal year.  Your cadet will get credit towards the Recruiting Incentive Ribbon for bringing new cadets on board!


Thank you for your support of the cadets and our Division!



This year so far...

Posted by LTJG Sauter on July 14, 2013 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (37)

We have had a busy first half of 2013 including:

CPR Certification for cadets

AED Certification for cadets

Air Force KC-135 Pilot visiting

NRA Rifle Course certification for cadets

Joint drill, campout at Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center

Joint drill, rapel training at Camp Atterbury

Everyone passing PRT!

3 new Petty Officer 3rd class promotions!

3 new Recruit Training Graduates.

Some cadets and myself certified in Community Emergency Response Teams by FEMA and the Indiana Dept of Homeland Security.

Multiple attendees for Field Operations '13 for around the country.

One cadet accepted to the exclusive UCOIN training.

MULTIPLE Color Guard details including the Miracle Ride for Riley Childrens Hospital and several US Navy retirements, etc.

We have A LOT of ideas for the coming fiscal year and it will be packed full.  We have 4 new officers in process of joining the Corps and I am excited that they will be bringing expertise in their respective areas and fresh ideas.

This is an exciting time for Cruiser and we will be pushing for great military bearing, cadet advancement and even more oppurtunities for fun, education and discovery.

LTJG Sauter, CO