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Department of Florida

From the Chairman

FROM LORETTA  YOUNG, JROTC/JUNIOR SHOOTING SPORTS CHAIR

Loretta Young, ROTC/JROTC/Shooting Sports Chair

March 2020

Formal Inspections, 4 Chaplains Memorial Service and JSSP Competition Results

The Annual Formal Inspections for the JROTC Units are held during the beginning of the year to evaluate the Cadet Programs throughout the state. Here in Florida the Army Programs are conducted by the Army 6th Brigade and it’s the largest component of the programs with Lee County and Broward County having the largest number of Units. The Air Force, Marine and Navy have their own teams that also conduct inspections. The Cadets give formal briefings of their overall program to the Interview Teams for their cadet progress and any special community service projects that they are conducting throughout the semester. The cadets are also graded on uniform inspection in ranks, drill exhibition, color guard performance and cadet records. These Inspections are well worth the time to visit the school JROTC Program that the post supports and see the overall picture that shows the Cadet Motto, “To Build Better Citizens”. I had the privilege of an invitation to the Stranahan MCJROTC Inspection and Instructor 1st Sgt. Wayne LaBeau, Ret. was presented the Army Cadet Command Silver Instructor Award by Broward Curriculum Director, LTC Kenneth Green, Ret. for his 23 years’ service to the cadet program and outstanding performance.

The 9th District 4 Chaplains Memorial Service was conducted at the Dania Beach Coast Guard Station and the Color Guard Units were well represented Entrepreneur & Leadership Military Academy, Dillard, AFJROTC, Northeast AFJROTC, Stranahan MCJROTC, & Fort Lauderdale NJROTC. It was a beautiful day on the Intercostal Waterway for the Ceremony, and we were honored to have both our Dept. Commander, Rick Johnson and our Dept. Auxiliary President, Ann King-Smith in attendance. It was a very moving ceremony and was well attended by the veterans, community and the local Coast Guard members. The Patriotic Music was performed by the Fort Lauderdale Symphonic Band and the participants for the 4 Chaplains and the program was represented by the 9th District Staff and Auxiliary Chaplain.

The Final Results for the 1st Round Qualifications for the JSSP Competition is listed on the website. The Dept. of Florida had 12 Precision Shooters and 81 Sporter Shooters. The 2nd Round Targets will be sent out by CMP on 15 February for the final qualifiers who will be competing for the National Competition at the USA Olympic Training Facility in Colorado Springs in July. Competition ends and all targets must be returned to CMP by 01 April to meet the deadline for the Finals. This was a difficult competition this year with the short time to register online and some of the new procedures. I want to thank all our teams and their instructors who made the effort to have a good showing for the Dept. of Florida with this many entries. There were many states that did not have any entries, so KUDO’s and good luck to all who participated.

Loretta Young
ROTC/JROTC/Shooting Sports Chair
jrotc@legionmail.org