Friday, January 31, 2014

Spring Branch Navy Jr. ROTC Day

Cadet students in the Navy Jr. ROTC program based at Spring Branch ISD’s Guthrie Center were honored by Houston Mayor Annise Parker and by City officials during the unit’s recent annual Area Manager’s Inspection (AMI).

By official proclamation, Mayor Parker declared Tuesday, Jan. 14, as Spring Branch Navy Jr. ROTC Day in recognition of the cadet unit’s exemplary performance and outstanding contributions to the community.

The proclamation was delivered by retired U.S. Navy Commander Mike Hale, who is the Navy Jr. ROTC program area manager, during the Jan. 14 inspection held at the Guthrie Center located on Hammerly Boulevard near the West Sam Houston Parkway.

“The purpose of the AMI is to provide a formal opportunity for our cadets to showcase what they have learned through drill performances, personal inspections and reviews of the supply, material and administrative records that the cadets administer, which are required by the program,” reports unit U.S. Navy Commander Jerry Coufal, senior naval science instructor for the program.

As a part of the annual inspection, the cadet Company staff must formally brief the inspecting officer on their goals for the company for this school year, as well as their personal student goals after graduation.

Cadet Sr. Chief Luie Soto, a junior at Stratford High School, described the recent inspection as a detailed and thorough experience.

“As the company supply officer, I learned a great deal from Commander Hale about how to keep our inventory control system running even better. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to brief my supply department to the Commander and the guest inspectors. Overall, the inspection was one of the most outstanding events I have had the opportunity to attend,” Cadet Sr. Chief Soto said.

Naval Science program instructors from Kingwood, Mayde Creek, Spring and George Bush high schools were invited to assist with the inspection.

The Spring Branch Navy Jr. ROTC Company is led by Cadet Commander Mirna Cardenas, a senior at Northbrook High School who has been accepted to Texas A&M University.

Information in this report was provided by the Navy Jr. ROTC program.


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