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PCU Independence (LCS 2) Inspects NJROTC Cadets

LTJG Philip Garrow, Independence Public Affairs

MOBILE, Ala. - PCU Independence (LCS 2) Blue and Gold Command Senior Chiefs inspected the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) cadets of W.P. Davidson High School Feb. 19th.

Quartermaster Senior Chief (SW/AW) Melissa Black and Gas Turbine System Technician Senior Chief (SW) Gabriel Velasco inspected each of the cadets’ bearing, critiqued their uniforms and tested their military knowledge.

“The inspiration that NJROTC cadets gain from active duty officers and non-commissioned officers is priceless,” said Capt. Tom Daniel, USN (Ret.), W.P. Davidson High School’s senior naval science instructor.

Bi-annually, the Davidson unit is evaluated by a regional manager in order to measure NJROTC objective progress; the successful conduct of a battalion-wide inspection is a major part of this assessment. In between, active duty military officers (O-5 and above) are often invited to lend a fresh eye to the process.

“Independence was proud to support this evolution,” said Cmdr. Curt Renshaw, commanding officer of the Blue crew and a reviewing officer for the formal parade. “It is always a genuine pleasure to help mold potential Sailors and citizens, and it is clear that the motivated students of Davidson meet and exceed the high standards of the NJROTC program.”

Cadet recorders accompanied the active duty inspectors and noted the exceptional level of preparation demonstrated by the students. Cadet Tiffany Ngo and Cadet Sally Hua, both freshmen, received Independence ball caps as a small reward for an outstanding exhibition drill demonstration.

“The goal of our program is to promote ‘good citizens’ versus military recruitment. I am most proud to see a number of graduated students return for ‘thank you’ visits and talk to our current NJROTC students about the Navy core values they learned in NJROTC science classes and how it allowed them to become more successful in life after high school,” said Daniel.

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