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NJROTC recognized for its efforts

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According to the Naval Junior ROTC unit at Los Alamos High School Cadet Public Affairs Officer Rachel Barthell, the unit kicked off a week of activity with their annual AMI inspection, on Dec. 6.

That was followed with 40 cadets traveling to West Mesa High School in Albuquerque, to compete in the Area 9 West Academic, Fitness and Drill Championship Meet, the following day, where the unit swept the competition.

“We work so hard at practice throughout the year and to see all of that work turn into a trophy is a great feeling,” Barthell said.

The culmination of the week was capped off by an awards and recognition ceremony, on Dec. 12.

On Dec. 13, the inspecting officer was CAPT David Swingle, a Naval Academy graduate, currently employed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

The unit was slated for an “Onsite Inspection” by area manager, Commander Dial. Due to funding cuts for travel he was unable to perform that duty.

The day began with Cadet Lauren Partin singing the National Anthem and highlighting the unit seniors and the inspection of all personnel.

The students also demonstrated basic drill movements, with events that included; 97 of their 101 students. 

The pomp and circumstance includes the movements of the staff, presentation of the colors by a color guard, drill team demonstration and a final pass in review of the entire unit.

 Captain Swingle then received a briefing by all members of the student staff where they provide a power point presentation to include their job description, goals for their department and their future plans.

“Then the unit is inspected including inventories and records of all the staff members,” said Shumaker, “but mainly focused on the supply, armory, administrative, physical property, operations and training records.”

The cadets themselves worked endless hours, cleaning, polishing organizing and preparing everything the unit is responsible for, related to the program, from armory to paperwork.