Thank you to all our cadets who came out Tuesday evening in support of Master Sergeant Mike Sonnenschein's recovery. Ranger Mike Sonnenschein played an instrumental role in founding the Viera High JROTC program along with Colonel Thomas in 2010. He led the raider and color guard teams to several top two finishes in districts and state qualifiers from 2010-2015, when he retired and became a missionary in Haiti. On the 27th of May 2021, he was ambushed. Sonnenschein was shot in the scapula, and sustained major injuries to his lung and spinal cord. He is undergoing recovery in a Georgia hospital. To watch the full ceremony, visit the Space Coast Daily website or click the button below.
Color gaurd: Maggaday, Utarte, Negron, Pantoja
On Saturday, March 27th, 2021, the Brevard County JROTC programs had their first Drill and Ceremony competition. Battalions from across the county participated in this competition, competing in exhibition, color guards, and other teams. The Viera Hawk Battalion participated in the color guard and unarmed mixed squad events and performed exceptionally well, placing 4th and 3rd respectively. The color guard team consisted of Cadets Bernstein, Pantoja, Espling, and Utarte. Unarmed mixed squad consisted of Cadets Roscoe, Kodsi, Mora, Daily, Brown, Nadjuch, Burrs, and Spivey; commanded by Cadet Yuhas. Congratulations to these Cadets on their performance. Their hard work and dedication to the team are to be greatly admired.
Just before spring break, Viera JROTC had its very first “Organization Week”. In an effort to reconcile the loss of “Organization Day” due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Hawk Battalion’s Chain of Command developed an “Organization Week”. Instead of one day of activity there was a day dedicated to one event in each period. The events in order started with a cadet challenge event, followed by a JLAB jeopardy and kahoot event. Wednesday was a strict uniform grading and Thursday was a drill sequence performance. Friday was the day of celebration in which each company had a Chick-fil-a lunch. Congratulations to Echo “Epidemics” Company as they were announced as 2020-2021’s Honor Company.
Thank you to all the companies for making the best out of what was provided instead of “Organization Day.” A special shout-out and thank you to our Booster Club for their unwavering support and dedication to the happiness of our Cadets and the success of our program.
On Friday, February 26th, 2021, the Viera Hawk Battalion provided a color guard for the opening ceremony for the Viera Little League Baseball ceremony. The color guard consisted of Cadets Pantoja, Bernstein, Espling, and Utarte. We thank these cadets for taking the time to provide a patriotic show of the colors. It is important for the Viera JROTC program to be involved in community events such as this one. The color guard is looking forward to participating in more events in the future.
On Thursday, November 12th, the Viera Hawk Battalion had its second Promotion Board of the year. Those who were chosen for an opportunity to promote to a higher rank were selected by the Battalion Chain of Command due to their excellence in the program. Eight cadets were chosen and arrived after school to participate in the event in hopes of being promoted. Congratulations to the following promoted cadets: Alex Rowe, Jack Quincy, Cece Riley, Zach "mad dog" Petcovic, Liam Mora, Adam Deforest, Caroline Runnells, and Tristan Lewis. All will be promoted accordingly. These cadets have proven their worth for an increase in responsibility through their dedication to the program and their ability to be examples of good leaders.
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.