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Marion High School JROTC cadets train at University of Michigan

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August 20, 2018
The Marion High School JROTC Giant Battalion staff discusses a practical exercise during the JROTC Advanced Studies Staff School at the University of Michigan. (Photo provided by Marion Community Schools)

Eight leaders from the Marion High School JROTC joined with 200 cadets from JROTC programs in Michigan earlier this month for extensive training at the University of Michigan.
The Giant Battalion's Cadet Command and primary staff members participated in the JROTC Advanced Studies Staff School (JCAS3) hosted in Ann Arbor, Mich., by the Detroit Public Schools’ director of Army instruction.
“This was an incredible opportunity for our cadets to learn how to plan and integrate the activities of the staff specialties in order to achieve the maximum effectiveness and efficiency of the Giant Battalion’s operations,” said Lt. Col. (Ret) David Farlow, the program’s Senior Army Instructor. “Additionally, the cadets were able to spend three days living and studying at one of our nation’s premier universities. Not only was this training great for the JROTC program, but it can also really open the cadets' eyes to the possibilities awaiting them after they graduate from high school.”
During the three days of training, the cadets rose early and conducted a full day of training designed to teach them the details of their respective functional specialty. The day concluded late in the evening with a practical exercise requiring each staff officer to coordinate and integrate their respective functionality into a combined and comprehensive solution to the problem set.
The battalion staff is composed of cadets representing the function skills of personnel management, safety and security, operations, logistics, and public affairs. The Battalion Commander is assisted by the Executive Officer to lead, guide and coordinate the staffs’ combined effort, and the Cadet Command Sergeant Major who provides advice and counsel on all the developmental issues affecting a cadet.  
“It was a great experience for me to learn more about how to do my job,” said Cadet Maj. Hailey Teeguarden, the Battalion’s Executive Officer. “I learned so much about how to better supervise and coordinate the activities of the staff.”
The training was intense and demanding but very beneficial.
“The best part of the training was when all of us had to work together and solve the problems we were presented,” said Eric Asher, the Giant Battalion’s Cadet Command Sergeant Major. “We all have ideas, and when we worked together we were really able to come up with good solutions.”
Other cadets attending the training were:
  •          Battalion Commander: Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Audrey Dickerson
  •          Personnel Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Cheyenne Russ
  •          Safety/Security Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Jade McKoon
  •          Operations Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Josiah Hamilton
  •          Logistics Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Levi Hofmann
  •         Public Affairs Officer: Cadet Corporal Haley O’Neil
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