Another great color guard was held Friday night, October 9th 2020. In addition to the presentation of the colors, the JROTC program provided a saber team for the viera homecoming game. The saber team marched into the middle of the field to perform a wonderful ceremony at half time. The nominees for homecoming court walked through an elegant display of honor in which only the JROTC program could have provided. The color guard team consisted of members: Gabriel Bernstein, Chase Spivey, Eden Hamrick, and Madison McClure. Saber team members included: Sayako Vanoss, Gabriel Bernstein,Kaitlyn Brown,Madison McCLure, Maddy Knight, Heath Vitalkis, Eden Hamrick, and Chase Spivey. Special thanks to both members of each team, they all work hard to represent the Viera Hawk Battalion in an honorable manner and a special thanks to First Sergeant Cruz for having practice run smoothly.
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Last March, before spring break, the Viera Hawk Battalion had a fantastic organization day. The battalion did not see each other for another 5 months. Upon returning to school we learned that unfortunately a lot had to be changed about the program. Changes to the battle rhythm, extra curriculars, and our personnel has shaken things up. Changes to the battle rhythm include Monday physical training being held indoors, Wednesday inspection being socially distant, Friday Drill and Ceremony also being held with social distancing, and Tuesday/Thursday classroom instruction being socially distant. All extracurriculars have been put off for reexamination in the second session of the year; meaning the special teams, volunteer work, organization day, and the military ball have been put off until further notice. The battalion can only stay optimistic and hopeful for events to come back soon; there is plenty of time to plan out and reevaluate. The most devastating toll that Covid-19 has taken on the program is the effect on our personnel. Most of the battalion has been cut in half between first and second semester; on top of that, many of our fellow cadets have taken the option of e-learning. On the brightside, this can open more opportunities for those who want leadership positions this year. On that note, the new battalion staff includes Cadets: Sayako Vanoss, Mckinley McCoig, Jaylen Goffigan, Connor McLaughlin, Kaitlyn Brown, Eden Hamrick, Jacob Denick, Torayn Gray, and Madison McClure; all of which will be working their best to make sure this year runs as smoothly as possible. It might be a rough road ahead, but our battalion is nothing short of resilient.
The most important news is that Command Sergeant Major Robert Wilson has retired before the year started. Currently in his place Is Sergeant First Class Cruz filling in until November comes when we will have our new instructor. We welcome both with open arms. As for Sergeant Major, we commend him for what he has done for this program and what he represented to the battalion. In his time working with Colonel Thomas, he had taken the female raiders to states, earned the title of Honor unit of distinction being in the top 2 percent of the nation, and developed hard working leaders for our future. He watched many of us grow up and mature into who we are today, instilling a great example of not only a leader but also a great human being. Although he could not be here this year in school as a teacher; once things brighten up, it is possible for him to return as a substitute. Until then he will be missed, and we will pray for him and his family’s health.
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