Anchors Aweigh

Anchors Aweigh
Posted on 2014/05/09

May 2014
By Commander Patrick MacLean

One night a year the cadets of the Moon Valley NJROTC unit are recognized for their efforts through the school year.  This year, that recognition took place on April 25, 2014.  The ceremony consists of awards from national organizations, earned awards and letters, and promotions.

The evening started with recognition by 23 national organizations.  Included in the extensive list were the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Purple Heart Association, Military Officers Association of America, American Veterans, American Legion, Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the War of 1812, Sons of the American Revolution, Celebrate Freedom Foundation and many others.  In all, twenty-nine cadets received awards from outside organizations.

Throughout the year the cadets work toward JRTOC awards based on academic, athletic, and personal performance.  The result of their hard work and dedication is evaluated, and, if award criteria is met, they are presented with awards of the appropriate level. Included in this group would be Team Commander’s MVP, Military Bearing, Academics, Cadet of the Year, Distinguished Cadet, Honor Cadet and Varsity Letters.   During the Company awards phase freshmen Hector Rodriguez, Gabriel Aviles, Cesar Corral, and David Swartz were multiple award winners.  Corral was recognized as Cadet of the Year.  Sophomores Skye Harris, Lynnisha Jones, and Cassandra Harris were frequent awardees.  The junior class was overflowing with talent as numerous cadets were singled out for superior performance.  Included in that group were Saul Cisneros, Daron Litzin, Diego Mussi, Matthew Slobodianuk, and Madison O’Neal.  The senior class was equally impressive and included seniors Logan Mellaci, Jacob O’Donnell, and Colby Throdsen, Samatha Eveland, Veronica Alvarez among others receiving unique recognition.  Fifty-one varsity letters were awarded to members of the seven competition teams in NJROTC.  In all, ninety-two cadets were recognized throughout the evening.

Finally, the NJROTC leadership for the next school year is announced.  Positions in the unit are determined by the current cadet staff through an application and selection process.  Positions include Platoon Commanders, Company positions, Department Heads, and Company Staff.  The moment all the cadets are waiting for is the announcement of the 2014-2015 Company Master Chief Petty Officer – Cadet Master Chief Petty Officer Cesar Corral; Company Executive Officer – Cadet Lieutenant Diego Mussi; and Company Commander – Cadet Lieutenant Commander Matthew Slobodianuk.

The evening closed with a traditional Naval Sword Ach for the graduating seniors.  The lights were dimmed, the stage backlit with red, white and blue lighting and an 8 cadet Honor Guard took position with swords at the ready.  As each senior was “Piped Ashore” they passed through the arch as highlights of their biography and their future plans were read.  Good luck to next year’s leaders and we know your striving will make our campus all the better.  To our cadets belonging to the Class of 2014, Anchors Aweigh, and smooth sailing as you move into your next adventure.