Southeast Region 6-1 spans the Gulf Coast of Florida. It contains 11 units and 315 personnel.
Our goal is to provide a rewarding educational experience to the cadets so they can achieve their maximum potential and prepare for a successful future!
LCDR Kevin D. MacFarland, Sr., NSCC
Director - Southeast Region 6-1
A native of Detroit, Michigan, LCDR Kevin MacFarland, NSCC, attended the University of Michigan and the University of Detroit, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science/Mathematics with a minor in Business Administration.
His professional life spanned 35 years in Information Technology from computer center operations, software development, manufacturing operations management, and business systems integration. MacFarland retired after a long career with the Ford Motor Company and relocated to Tampa, Florida in 2014 to be near family.
He served as State Deputy (President) of the Michigan Knights of Columbus, a volunteer organization with 75,000 members in 320 local units. He also revived the local Navy League Council, recruiting 50 new members and laying the groundwork for the team that sponsored the commissioning of the USS Detroit, LCS7. He also served as a Navy League National Director. He is now active with the Tampa Bay Council. In March 2018, he was elected president of the Council.
MacFarland’s US Naval Sea Cadet Corps assignments, starting in 2007, include roles as the Recruiting, Operations and Executive Officer of the Tomcat Squadron in Clinton Township, Michigan. He then served as Regional Director for Sea Cadet Region 09-3, starting the new Anchor Division unit located in Harper Woods Michigan and serving as its Commanding Officer. He served as Division Officer for divisions attending Recruit Training at Great Lakes Recruit Training Command and earned the Honor Division Award. He also served as Executive Officer Training Contingent for several training evolutions at Fort Custer Training Center.
In June 2017 he was appointed to command the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps Suncoast Squadron, located at the United States Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, in Clearwater, Florida. In April 2018, in addition to his duties as CO, he was appointed Director of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps Region 6-1, which covers 11 units on the Gulf Coast of Florida.
An avid runner, MacFarland has run 3 marathons, 10 half marathons, multiple 5 & 10ks and 2 sprint triathlons. He has run over 1,050 days in a row with an average of 5k per day. He believes that modeling physical fitness is critical to motivating the cadets to be active and healthy.