Earlier this month, Tuscola High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC Drill team continued their drill competition season by participating in the Rutherfordton-Spindale Central High School Marines Corps JROTC Drill and Academics event. In a very long day of challenging competition among two dozen JROTC teams; Tuscola Cadets came thru and delivered. The Drill Team finished ‘Best in Service’ OVER ALL! In order to achieve this top ranking; the Drill Team had to win or place in all the sub-categories…Tuscola earned ‘Best in Service’ in the following events: Color Guard, Personal Inspection, Armed Platoon/Flight, Unarmed Platoon/Flight, and 3rd place Freshman Academics.
Lt Col Kevin Sutton, and I are very proud of our Cadets; each event continues to bring our team closer. Our Drill Team is very young and they have grown and matured so much after two events this season, said SMSgt Steve Robertson (Assistant Aerospace Science Instructor). We are very excited about their achievements thus far… especially our 1st-Years! We’ve proven we are one of the best Air Force JROTC units in our area, and we feel as though our competitors have taken notice, said Sergeant Robertson.
Tuscola’s JROTC Deputy Operations Squadron Commander-Cadet 2nd Lt Jonathan Delacruz and Special Teams Commander-Cadet SMSgt Jorja Aumen jointly led in the planning and execution of the drill event. Both of these cadets are in their second year and each one provides excellent leadership and energy to our Drill Team. In short, it was another outstanding overall team performance, both from our Cadets and Parents-Boosters. We absolutely need their support and we very much appreciate all they do for our program, said Sergeant Robertson. Next month, Tuscola is scheduled to compete in the annual Daniel Boone High School Marines Corps JROTC Drill event in Grey, Tennessee. Over twenty-five JROTC units are expected to participate and we certainly have our work cut out for us, but I do believe our Cadets will bring their “A” game and be ready to drill their best, said Sergeant Robertson.