Clements High School NJROTC announced that on March 24, Congressman Pete Olson, Dr. Timothy Jenney, (FBISD Superintendent), Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson, and Principal Lee Crews met with Juan Garcia, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs to discuss preventing the CHS NJROTC unit from being disestablished.
Thanks to the determination of its leadership and strategic intervention by Congressman Pete Olson, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN), Juan Garcia visited the CHS NJROTC unit to see firsthand the dedication and commitment of the program. This visit was an important step in the process of ensuring that this ROTC unit can continue to thrive and play a vital role in training future military leaders. We thank Congressman Olson for his quick action in helping to secure this important visit.
The U.S. Navy recently announced a decision to disestablish 19 NJROTC units that were on enrollment probation. Even though the unit had 95 cadets on October 01, 2010, they were short the 100 cadet requirement. This unit has been a viable part of CHS for 26 years, and is extremely active in the community. The program is gaining strength and momentum with enrollment doubling in the last 2-years.
The NJROTC program is focused around building stronger leadership, and citizenship; presently there are CHS graduates at West Point Academy, Coast Guard Academy, VMI and members of Texas A & M Corps of Cadets. LCDR Ken Minnard, the Senior Naval Science Instructor stated,” the unit can compete with the best; and it will be a grave decision if the Navy continues with its plans to disestablish the unit.”
After the meeting, Assistant Secretary had the opportunity to observe the unit perform a Pass in Review Marching Exercise. The ASN took time after the exercise to speak to the cadets and over 50 parents present.
The cadets in the unit are hoping that the ASN, after seeing the unit face-to-face can convince the U.S. Navy to reverse their decision to disestablish the unit. One cadet stated, “We may be the smallest unit, but we have the biggest heart, “and it would be heartbreaking to the see the program “bust apart.”