EVHS’s JROTC Readies For Army Inspection: Present To Española School Board

by Staff Reporter / Nov 10, 2017 / comments
EVHS JROTC 5th Brigade “Hornet Battalion” officers await the start of the Board meeting Nov. 1.Seated from R-L are Capt. Brandy Romero, Maj. Justina Trujillo, Capt. Rachel Gomez, Capt. Kristen Garcia, Lt. Col. Doniel McNevin, Battalion Commander, Colonel Julian Herrera and on left,  Senior Army Instructor (SAI) Major Mark Gonzales. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the valleydailypost.com

EVHS’s JROTC Readies For Army Inspection: Present To Española School Board

By ROBERT NARANJO

While preparing for their upcoming inspection by the US Army Cadet Command, scheduled for Jan. 30, 2018, the Española Valley High School’s U.S. Army JROTC “Hornet Battalion” accepted Española Public Schools Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez’s invitation to present to the Española Public Schools Board of Education.

U.S. Army Major (Ret.) Mark Gonzales, Senior Army Instructor (SAI) spoke first before introducing the cadet officers, beginning with Hornet Battalion Commander, Colonel Julian Herrera, to conduct their presentation that will be made before the Cadet Command as part of their Inspection.

U.S. Army EVHS JROTC 5th Brigade “Hornet” Battalion Commander, Col. Julian Herrera, addresses the Española Public Schools Board of Education, Nov. 1, in preparation for U.S. Army Cadet Command Inspection Jan. 30, 2018. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the valleydailypost.com

SAI Maj. Gonzales said that this Inspection is basically a “pass or probation” situation “until it’s passed.” He said that the JROTC cadets have “put their heart and soul into it” and cadets have to show “continuous improvement” with certain specified goals, to wit:

TEAM GOALS

  1. 1. To develop a plan to implement a selected Course of Action (COA) using the SMART strategy to achieve our Unit CIP Goal of improving cadet participation.

  2. 2. It must be (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-Bound).

  3. 3. EVHS JROTC will increase cadet participation in school and community events by 2% by May of 2018.

SAI Maj. Gonzales pointed out that most of the EVHS JROTC Hornet Battalion cadets already participate in school and community events. They are usually the “biggest group at most events in the city” he said. They “have very few weeks off” from event participation, he added.

SAI Maj. Gonzales pointed out that the Hornet Battalion is already in the 90 plus percentile in cadet participation so a 2% increase is part of the goal to get to the high 90’s percentile where the Battalion has been before in cadet participation, he explained.

With military conviction in his voice, SAI Maj. Gonzales said he sees a successful Inspection given the dedication of his cadets and their adeptness at rising to the occasion with the necessary hard work required. He also gave credit to former Hornet Battalion officers and cadets who also put hard work into preparing the Inspection presentation.

SAI Major Gonzales said the “kids are shooting for” the “Gold Star” or “Honor Star” goal at the Inspection. He said he is confident that they will be successful in attaining that goal.

SAI Maj. Gonzales then introduced U.S. Army Española Valley High School JROTC Hornet Battalion Commander, Colonel Julian Herrera, who began the PowerPoint presentation that will be used at the U.S. Army Cadet Command Inspection. After explaining some background on the Hornet Battalion, Col. Herrera then passed the baton to Lt. Colonel Doniel McNevin, who then continued with the presentation.

 

EVHS JROTC  5th Brigade “Hornet Battalion” Lt. Col. Doniel McNevin explains to the Española Board of Education the goals of the Battalion which will be part of the U.S. Army Cadet Command Inspection Jan. 30, 2018. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the valleydailypost.com

Then Lt. Col. McNevin called on fellow officer, Captain Kristen Garcia, and this continued until all officers presented information twice. Officers that followed were: Capt. Rachel Gomez, Maj. Justina Trujillo, and Capt. Brandy Romero.

When the presentation was completed, SAI Maj. Gonzales invited the superintendent and board to a dinner at Rancho de Chimayo on Dec. 20. Then the SAI stood for questions or comments. Superintendent Gutierrez congratulated the SAI and the cadet officers for a job well done. President of the Board, Ruben Archuleta, as well as all Board members likewise complimented and thanked the SAI and the officers of the EVHS JROTC Hornet Battalion for a great presentation and wished them well in their Inspection.

Asked if there was anything the Board could help with, SAI Maj. Gonzales related that they were short a few uniforms but they had located the uniforms needed in Arizona and would be driving to meet that JROTC halfway to get them in time for the Jan. 30 U.S. Army Cadet Command Inspection.

Dressed sharply and in military fashion, the EVHS JROTC Hornet Battalion officers and their SAI then left the board meeting.