Thomas helps promote NJROTC Booster Club

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Cadet Ensign Jodi Thomas, the public affairs officer for the Los Alamos NJROTC Unit, has one public affair that she would like everyone to attend.
Their monthly brisket night will take place on Jan. 31 and local cadets could use some support.
“The academic team will be going to Las Vegas, Nev. for the annual Brain Brawl, where they will compete against Area 13,” Thomas said. “The money raised will help pay for the transportation, hotel rooms and meals.”
Thomas became interested in the Los Alamos NJROTC Unit when she was in middle school, after target shooting at the Sportsman Club. She now competes on the unarmed regulation drill team, the unarmed exhibition drill team, the academic team and the tug-of-war team.
“Once I got involved with the unit and the people, I realized they had much more to offer other than just shooting.”
Thomas said she had a wonderful time after joining the drill team and gained personal experiences with the unit.
 “I have learned endless amounts of leadership skills by participating in various activities in our class, in a leadership camp over the summer and have been put in many leadership positions that helps me and many others learn leadership hands-on,” Thomas said.
She also learned skills that could be helpful in both a future career and how to apply to colleges.
The LAHS youth learn how to work together as a team and to work under pressure, all through hands-on learning opportunities.
All of the opportunities come as a result of the variety of programs supported by raising funds for the unit.
“Brisket Night helps bring people together and enjoy a wonderful meal with their community,” Thomas said.
Cadets spend volunteer time to serve the meal and all proceeds go to the LAHS NJROTC Unit Booster Club.
“It is held the last Thursday of every month, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Posse Lodge. The brisket is served with potato salad, corn, baked beans and a cookie,” Thomas said. “The price is a $10 donation to LAHS NJROTC.”
All of the money made by the Booster Club at Brisket Night and other fundraising events goes to cover costs of travel to drill meets and shooting matches.