Cadet commanders take on challenge of leading JROTC units in coming year
Posted on 06/01/2018
Picture of senior naval science instructor Lt. Cdr. J. S. Ogawa congratulating cadet

A PWCS tradition for more than a decade, new Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) unit commanders and officers were recently inducted during a medal ceremony. 

The unit commanders are rising seniors, with a solid record of achievement in their units. The leaders stand out as scholars who are also involved in sports, other extracurricular activities, and community service opportunities.

Among other activities, JROTC units provide Color Guards for many community and Division-level events, including professional development conferences.

“This results in our Junior ROTC units collectively providing hundreds of Color Guard presentations in a year,” said Doug Wright, supervisor of career and technical education. “We are honored that one of our Color Guards is always there to represent pride in our country and start each event with dignity and excellence.”

Superintendent Steve Walts, School Board Vice Chairman Lillie Jessie (Occoquan), and School Board member Alyson Satterwhite (Gainesville) attended the ceremony.

JROTC cadets commit their learning experience to four areas of emphasis, which are character development, leadership development, citizenship, and community service learning projects.

There are JROTC units in nine schools and more than 1,500 cadets countywide, with their ranks growing every year.