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Junior Shooting Sports: Chair

From the Chairman

Loretta Young
JR Shooting Sports Chair

December 2021

There were several Veterans’ Day Programs that I had the opportunity to attend this past Veterans’ Day Week. One notable reference was the Broward County JROTC Flag Retirement Ceremony held at Boyd Anderson. This was held on the eve of Veterans Day and conducted solely by the Cadets who represented each of the branches of the program. It was held at dusk and was under the direction of the Cadets and the Boyd Anderson Military Academy Senior Instructor. There was the Posting of the Colors, followed by the Presentation of the Ceremonial Flag by the JROTC Cadets. Also included, was a very moving Tribute to GEN Colin L. Powell who passed last month. The Conclusion of the program was the Retirement of Colors by the combined JROTC Color Guard.

For the JSSP Postal First Round Match, it is not moving in a positive direction. Only one Marksmanship Team has successfully submitted the paperwork that must be completed prior to the targets being sent out. Since this is a time-consuming effort to get the team registered with the Coach requirements for the Risk Management Course, background clearance, and Post Affiliation Form completed by the Post Commander, the teams will not make the December 15th deadline. I know there must be teams throughout the State of Florida that have youth that are competing in marksmanship. This is a valuable sport that teaches safety, discipline, focus, and teamwork which results in scholarship awards for the youth. I would ask that you please contact me if anyone is having a problem with registration or understanding the process.

Thanks to all our posts and veterans who are supporting our youth programs and may everyone stay safe during the upcoming holiday season

Loretta Young
ROTC/JSSP Chair