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Cherokee's NJROTC earns 12th consecutive Distinguished Unit citation

CLYDE H. SHUMATE • Apr 28, 2018 at 8:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The Cherokee High School NJROTC (Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps) was notified Wednesday by Area Nine Manager Cmdr. Merv Dial that it has been named a Distinguished Unit for the 12th consecutive year.

This distinction is a significant accomplishment.

The senior naval science instructor is authorized to nominate a maximum of three eligible cadets each year to compete for U.S. Naval Academy appointments; an NJROTC designated as a Distinguished Unit may nominate up to three cadets to the service academy of any branch, in addition to the nominations to the unit’s own branch academy.

Cadets accepted for enlistment who provide evidence of successful completion of at least three years of NJROTC are entitled to advanced promotion to pay grade E-3 upon initial enlistment in an active or reserve component of the Navy or Air Force and pay grade E-2 in the Army or Marine Corps; those who have completed two years are entitled to E-2 in the Navy.

The Cherokee NJROTC unit has continued to average around 150 cadets each academic semester.

It is a joint effort opportunity, funded by both the Hawkins County School district and the United States Navy.

Cherokee NJROTC completed 10,001.5 community support hours and 1,129.5 school support hours for a total of 11,131 community service hours in the 2017-2018 school year.

The community service efforts were accomplished through the exceptional leadership of Cherokee’s Commanding Officers Bradley Thacker and Johnathan Newhouse; Executive Officer Larinda Henley; Operations Officer Nathaniel Adams; and Command Master Chiefs Nicole Jacobson and Austin Davis.

Cherokee NJROTC has 21 seniors graduating this year. Six cadets plan on attending a four-year college, one has plans for a two-year college/vocational-technical school; and nine have chosen careers that require them to possess a high school diploma.

Three cadets: C/CDR Bradley Thacker, C/CDR Jonathan Newhouse and C/LTJG Madison Williams have enlisted in the United States Navy.

Cadet Petty Officer 2nd Class Dylon Grasso enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and Cadet Senior Chief Caleb Hamilton enlisted in the United States Air Force.

Twenty-six cadets were on the A/B Honor Roll and seven of these cadets made the National Honors level with a GPA at or above a 3.5.

A secret to success could be that Cherokee’s NJROTC promotes patriotism, a love of country, respect for the flag and pride in the American way of life.

The emphasis placed on character education and community service helps prepare cadets to function as responsible, reliable citizens of Hawkins County.

On April 30th, cadets will be awarded ribbons, ribbon devices, medals and aiguillettes for participation in JROTC and team activities, as well as for personal academic and athletic achievement and leadership.

We will also hold a change of command ceremony, where the new unit commander, executive officer, and other unit officers are named and take command from the current officers.

Clyde H. Shumate, Ed. S., Chief Warrant Officer USN (Ret). Senior Naval Science Instructor Cherokee High School NJROTC

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