U.S. Army Cadet Command
Army JROTC news
About 1,500 Army Junior ROTC (JROTC) Cadets from 63 high schools will meet Radcliff and Elizabethtown, Ky., for the Sgt. Maj. Paul C. Gray JROTC Invitational Drill, Marksmanship and Academic Championships, March 9-10.
The annual competition draws teams from the JROTC’s 7th Brigade’s geographic area: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
–Drill at North Hardin High School in Radcliff;
–Air rifle marksmanship (John Hardin High School, Elizabethtown); and
–Academics (North Park Elementary School, Radcliff).
JROTC teaches the values of good citizenship to high school students and isn’t a recruiting program for the Army. Also, JROTC participation doesn’t incur any service obligation nor does the JROTC curriculum include the conduct of combat skills training.
Students who participate in JROTC:
–Have higher attendance rates;
–Graduate at a higher rate;
–Have fewer discipline problems;
–Have a very low dropout rate; and
–Have slightly higher grade point averages.
“JROTC teaches teamwork (drill), leadership (how to be in charge of a group), and good sportsmanship (how to win and lose gracefully),” said Lee Redmon, Education and Training Technician, 7th Bde., JROTC, Fort Knox, Ky. Redmon oversees the event.
“This type of competition does all of these things plus it is fun,” Redmon added. “The Cadets will meet and make some lifelong friends and learn some valuable life lessons by competing in a competition like this.”
The event is named in honor of Sgt. Maj. Paul C. Gray who started the JROTC program at primary host school North Hardin High School.
Fort Knox news
Free Trout Fest planned
The public is invited to the free Trout Fest 2013 at the Fort Knox Water Park, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., March 9.
Just before draining and cleaning the pool each year in preparation for the seasonal opening of the water park, Fort Knox stocks it with for a fishing free-for-all.
Fishermen of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Experts will be on hand to show attendees how to handle and clean fish. Also, fishing demonstrations and door prize drawings will take place throughout the day.
For more information, call (502) 624-6217 or visit Fort Knox’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation website here.