Tahoe JROTC battalion earns top honors for 30th straight year

Alex Resney
Special to the Bonanza
Courtesy photo

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Members of the Incline High School JROTC program had an impeccable performance in their annual Cadet Formal Inspection on Wednesday, March 13.

The culmination event of the year took place at the large gym of the school, where 55 cadets participated in the CFI, making up 20 percent of the entire school population. The inspection took place under LTC Norbert Czech, director of Army Instruction for the Washoe County School District.

The Highlander Battalion passed the CFI with a score of 98.7 percent adding one more “Honor Unit with Distinction” merit for the 30th year in a row, and maintaining the Incline JROTC program within the top five in the nation.

“I am very proud of Highlander Cadets,” said C/COL Daniel Baron. “They gave 110 percent and came through with an exceptional performance.”

CFI began with a staff briefing by five cadets who take care of the administration portion of the JROTC program. Each member of the staff performed exceptionally and earned full points for their briefings.

During the briefings, the battalion received letters from Sen. Dean Heller’s and Congressman Mark Amodei’s offices, presented to the Battalion Commander by their representatives. Ending the briefings was Baron’s promotion to Cadet Colonel, the highest rank that can be achieved by a cadet in the JROTC program.

“The cadet presentations were top shelf, and the students did an outstanding job presenting their accomplishments and job performance skills,” Czech said. “The Incline cadets are exceptionally proud of their work in the community. It was evident that the cadets were knowledgeable and competent when the various staff area were inspected.”

The portion in the gym started with the a formal inspection of all Highlander cadets, followed by a formal review in which all the companies stood at attention, protecting the nation’s colors. The Battalion then paid honors to the nation and to the reviewing officer, Colonel Durand.

Then the Battalion executed the Pass and Review, commanded by Baron, in which they marched by the reviewing stand.

To conclude the event, the sensing session took place. Czech, Sergeant Major Albin and the other instructors asked cadets questions about their leadership, their job, their positions and general questions about what they thought about the JROTC program.

JROTC is a federal program in high schools across the country, sponsored by the United States Armed Forces, with the mission of motivating young people to be better citizens.

The Incline Highlander Battalion participates in more than 40 events every year.

“My impression of this year’s CFI as my 21st was most memorable,” said 1SG Larry Porter. “I was most impressed by the way the cadets executed this year’s inspection. It’s always been a cadet-run program, and they will always continue to meet or exceed current expectations. It’s all about the cadets.”

C/MAJ Alex Resney is a student at Incline High School and public affairs officer for the Highlander JROTC Battalion.

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