Union High School’s JROTC program has been busy so far this year. We kicked off the year with the Saber Team performance at Union High’s Homecoming game on Sept. 28. The next day, the drill team traveled to Scotland High School in Laurinburg for our first drill meet of the school year. The team participated in Color Guard, squad with arms, squad without arms, regulation individual, individual exhibition and exhibition squad without arms. Everyone put their best effort in and brought home three trophies: third place in squad with arms; third place in squad without arms; and third place regulation individual.
On Oct. 6, the 85th JROTC Battalion marched in the Garland Rotary Parade. Cadets Logan Hobbs, Tyler Pruitt, Dale Overton and Treshon Highsmith had the honor of leading the parade as the main Color Guard.
The JROCT program conducted our first of many trips on Oct. 13, when we traveled to Raleigh to the State Fair where cadets and their guests had a day of fun. On Oct. 20, the 85th JROTC Battalion traveled to Harrells to march in that town’s Community Day Parade. The drill team traveled to Sanford on Oct. 27 for the Southern Lee Drill Meet where we won third place for squad with arms commanded by c/1Lt Kaleb McLamb. The drill team provided the Color Guard for the Beta Club inductions at UHS on Nov. 1. On Friday, Nov. 9, the drill team traveled to the Mary Gran Retirement Center in Clinton to present and post the Colors and provide assistance with their Veterans Day program.
Nov. 10 was a busy day for the 85th JROTC Battalion. We traveled to Warsaw for the Veterans Day Parade, after which the drill team traveled to Dunn and competed in the Triton High School annual JROTC Drill Competition at the Dunn PAL. We won first place in Regulation Squadron with Arms commanded by c/LT Kaleb McLamb; first place in Platoon without Arms commanded by c/Maj Kenneth McQueen; first place in Color Guard that was commanded by c/CSM Marco Garcia; and we won third place in Platoon with Arms commanded by C/LTC Rogelio Bonilla; and third place in Exhibition Squad without Arms commanded by c/1LT Kelly McQueen. The drill team also competed against themselves in knockout and c/CSM Marco Garcia won first place and a prize of $20.
The rifle team traveled to Lumberton for a shoulder to shoulder rifle match at Lumberton Senior High School on Nov. 14. On Nov. 17, the JROTC program took the cadets on a fun trip to the 34 foot jump tower on Ft. Bragg.