The Austin Navy JROTC Unit is led by Lieutenant Commander Edwin Sellards, USN (ret) and Master Chief Petty Officer Joe Girdner, USN (ret). This year, MCPO Girdner will be retiring from Austin High School Navy JROTC program. For over seventeen years, MCPO Girdner has served in positions of great responsibility and trust within the NJROTC Citizenship Development program.
During this period Master Chief Girdner has served as the Naval Science Instructor at various High Schools including Booker T. Washington High School from August 1996 to August 1998, Richard King High School from August 1998 to July 1999, and Stephen F. Austin High School from July 1999 to June 2013. His leadership and efforts have resulted in the motivating and inspiring of hundreds of Cadets during his time of service. His steadfast support to Navy core values and customs at all times has reflected great credit upon himself and uphold the highest traditions of the Department of the Navy. His exceptionally meritorious public service as a devoted Naval Science Instructor (NSI) and as a dedicated mentor and leader for many Cadets of the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) will definitely be missed. He will be retiring to the Bastrop area with his wife, and near his son and grandchildren.
“MCPO Girdner has been in the service of his country for 43 years, 26 active duty Navy and 17 years as an NJROTC Instructor. Joe’s tireless efforts, dedication to his cadets, and an unmatchable work ethic have helped to produce outstanding citizens for our nation. It has been my honor to have worked side by side with Joe over the past seven years and the entire Stephen F. Austin High School family has been privileged to have been part of Master Chief Joe Girdner’s life. All the best Master Chief…. Job well Done!”, said Lieutenant Commander Edwin Sellards.