By: Lieutenant Colonel Rudy W. Cardona
Air Force Junior ROTC Senior Aerospace Science Instructor
With the leaves turning color and the billow of fog that enters the central valley, like clock-work, cadets from around the area spring into action to prepare for Veterans Month. November is a busy time for those affiliated with the military and those involved with related celebrations and remembrance services.
On November 11, 2015, Veterans Day, the Veterans of Foreign Wars sponsored the 3rd Annual San Joaquin Valley Drill Meet at Kings County Fairgrounds where Corcoran High School came away with its first valley-wide championship win this year.
The team was composed of 14 students from Corcoran High School’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFJROTC). These cadets were able to showcase their skills in performing color guard, armed and unarmed drill, their studies in Air Force knowledge, and uniform inspection. The intense practice occurred before and after school every day for the past 2 months in preparation for this event with hard work paying off. The Unarmed Drill Team won 1st place and the Armed Drill Team won second place. Uniform inspection and cadet knowledge test results by the entire team contributed to the school’s overall scores. The competition, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars drew cadets from across 7 high schools in the valley which included JROTC units from the Marine Corps, Navy, Army, and Air Force.
The AFJROTC mission to “Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community” falls directly in line with the Corcoran Unified School District vision of becoming “a destination where people are drawn to Corcoran due to the quality, reputation, and accomplishments of our students”. With each year the Air Force unit gets stronger, and since the unit opened in 2006, this will be its first competition win of this magnitude. We are all very proud of our cadets and the support of the community.
With Hanford in the rear view mirror and a van full of tired cadets looking back at the dusty road that leads back to Corcoran, one cannot help but see the vision in their heads as to what other possibilities lie ahead. The seeds of victory have been planted. Corcoran High School…a destination school!