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Marion HS JROTC cadets receive advanced training at University of Michigan

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August 08, 2017
Eight leaders from the Marion High School JROTC joined with 200 cadets from JROTC programs in Michigan and Indiana this week for extensive training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Giant Battalion's Cadet Command and primary staff members participated in the JROTC Cadet Advanced Studies Staff School (JCAS3) hosted by the Detroit public school system's 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 Giant Battalion staff includes 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 staff’s combined effort.  
The training was intense and demanding but very beneficial.
“It was a great experience for me to learn more about how to become a successful leader and commander,” said Cadet Lt. Col. Thomas Scheck, commander of the Giant Battalion and a senior at Marion High School. “I learned so much about how to better supervise and coordinate the activities of the command and staff.”
Cadet Maj. Adriana Aleman, an MHS senior, attended this camp for a second time, but was learning the duties and responsibilities of her new position as the battalion’s executive officer (XO). The XO is the second in command of the battalion and is also responsible for the coordination and synchronization of all the staff functions.
"Coming to the University of Michigan is always exciting," Aleman said. "I really believe the training I received this week will better help me to assist the commander in the management of all the battalion's duties and activities. I have also picked up some ideas from cadets from other programs.”
Other Marion High School cadets attending the training were:
  •   Personnel officer: Cadet Lt. Trey Eskridge, MHS junior
  •   Safety and security officer: Cadet Sgt. Hailey Teeguarden, MHS junior
  •   Operations officer: Cadet Lt. Audrey Dickerson, MHS junior
  •   Logistics officer: Cadet Capt. Taylor Sorah, MHS senior
  •   Public affairs officer: Cadet Sgt. Rhianna Gary, MHS senior
  •   Cadet Command Sgt. Major Joseph O'Donnell, MHS senior
Lt. Col. David Farlow