Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Dozens of high school cadets with the Spring Branch ISD Navy Jr. ROTC unit took part in the annual Area Manager’s Inspection held recently on the grounds at SBISD’s Guthrie Center on Hammerly.
Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Ken Sluis, the unit’s former Senior Naval Science instructor, conducted the inspection. Cadet parents and family member followed and observed the students as they precision marched, drilled and were inspected.
Assisting Lt. Col. Sluis were local area naval science instructors from Kingwood, Mayde Creek, Spring and George Bush high schools.
The annual inspection is a formal opportunity for student cadets to showcase what they’ve learned through drill performance, personnel inspection and review of the supply, material and administrative records kept as required through the Jr. ROTC program.
Cadet Company staff is required to formally brief the inspecting officer on school year goals for the company, as well as personal goals after high school. Leader of the SBISD Jr. ROTC Company this school year is Cadet Cmdr. Chris Grant, who is a senior at Spring Woods High School.
Grant has enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He will depart for basic training next August. He hopes to train as an avionics specialist.
When asked about inspection, Cadet Sr. Chief Jacqueline Bustamante, a junior at Northbrook High School, said this:
“I am extremely proud of the fact that our cadets could have been anywhere else, but chose to be here. All of our cadets worked really hard with one objective – to keep the proud title of Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors. The Cadet Staff enjoyed briefing on our personal and unit goals. We also received valuable advice from Lt. Col. Sluis.”
The Guthrie Center’s Navy Jr. ROTC unit is led by Navy Retired Cmdr. Jerry Coufal. Master Chief Petty Officer Mark Heuser also leads the cadet unit in collaboration with Cmdr. Coufal.