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Monday, February 25, 2013

JROTC Programs earn 'Honor Unit' accolades

The Junior ROTC Battalions from Mansfield High School, Legacy High School and Summit High School earned or retained the highest JROTC unit commendation, Honor Unit with Distinction, during their Army-directed Formal Inspections last week.

The inspection looks at every aspect of the manner in which the cadet staff, commanders, and students run their Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps unit as a business. Logistics, Public Affairs, Administration, Finance, Management, and Reporting are all evaluated using checklists. The unit members are inspected both wearing their uniforms correctly and marching as a member of the combined unit.

“The effort of each cadet, coupled with a phenomenal battalion staff, was clearly evident during the day’s demanding activities”, says LTC Pat Easley, the Senior Army Instructor.

Inspectors noted how very pleased they were to see as a district, Mansfield ISD takes positive actions to promote JROTC as one of the most rewarding electives available to high school students.

SFC James Darrell Watkins, Mansfield High School JROTC Army Instructor

Legacy High School - Marching to Honor: JROTC Federal Inspection

According to Legacy High School's Sergeant Major Smith, evaluators were impressed on how well-organized the inspection went and how Legacy cadets looked and performed. Legacy JROTC members received a score of 590/600 placing them in the top 1% of 318 schools in the entire fifth JROTC Brigade covering eight states.

“Though we are happy with our results, we will strive to improve in the few areas noted we need work,” said Sgt. Major Eric Smith of the inspection process. View the Legacy HS JROTC Commend Inspection photo gallery.

"These Formal Inspections were conducted by our higher headquarters, 5th Brigade in San Antonio, TX," said Major James Fry. "We also received an honor unit with distinction (580 out of 600) as did Mansfield and Legacy."

Congratulations, cadets!

Editor's Note: Lake Ridge High School was not inspected as they are a new unit and the inspections are every three years.Also, the Timberview High School Air Force JROTC unit had their last formal inspection during the 2010-11 school year and received the AFJROTC Distinguished Unit Award.