Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Training for the Future with the JROTC

The Academy participates as a magnet school for the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) programs at Punahou School and Saint Louis School (SLS).  Academy students in the program meet with their counterparts on Wednesdays.  Under the guidance of Chief Warrant Officer 4 Heath Phillips and First Sergeant Jimmy Akuna, the female SLS cadets – who boast their own company called “Foxtrot” – fine-tune their leadership and physical fitness skills during practice drills, ceremony exercises and competition training.  The SLS cadets also engage in numerous community service events, including the annual Aloha Aina Recycling Drive and the Relay for Life benefitting the American Cancer Society.  The
Punahou program cadets, headed by Lt. Col. Robert Takao and Command Sergeant Major Gary Mobley, also engage in leadership, competition and drills training. This year, they have benefited from guest speakers, including active duty United States Navy SEALs; family members of the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment; and Lt. Col. (Ret.) David Pound, father of senior Cadet Hallie Pound, who shared his inspirations for serving in the United States Army and the ideals of “Duty, Honor and Country.” College Counselor Randy Fong remarked, “Military service after graduation is not a requirement for JROTC participation, and it is a valuable activity for college and scholarships consideration. I urge students to research the benefits of serving as a cadet.

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