By Kelli Germeraad
On Saturday, April 8, the Vacaville Veterans Organizations and Auxiliaries hosted a “Celebration of Service” to honor fifteen years of community service excellence by the Vanden High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) to the Vacaville veteran’s community.
It was an event that included cadets and their parents currently in the program; past alumni of the program; instructors Lt. Colonel Billy Lakes, Major Marian Collins and MSgt. Hollis Huvar, as well as some special invited guests.
The veteran’s hall was a sea of green and gold, fifteen years of pictures, posters and memorabilia. Volunteers on the committee scanned some 400 plus photos of the past in order to highlight a continued service to area veterans and their families. You could not walk in to the main hall at the veterans building and not be overwhelmed by the veteran’s gratitude to this group of young people who may have set out to earn ribbons and medals for community service, and instead provided life changing support to a community.
Source: Vanden JROTC honored for service – The Reporter
By Bill Hicks
Veterans groups of all types understand well the expression, “serving your country.” In the minds of many, that expression means donning a military uniform and doing some type of duty in locations scattered across the globe.
Vacaville Veterans Organizations, a collection of different veterans groups, hosted an event, Saturday, as a thank you for that service – but not for veterans or active duty military members, for members of the Vanden High Junior ROTC program – past and present.
The veterans organizations honored the Vanden JROTC program for 15 years of community volunteer service in Vacaville. Although situated a stone’s throw from Travis Air Force Base, Vanden High – due to its small size – did not have an ROTC program until 2001.
Source: Stars earn Stripes: Veterans groups thank JROTC program
By Richard Bammer
His hair freshly cut, clad perhaps a slightly ill-fitting uniform, Vanden High senior Cameron Castillo on July 3 will raise his right hand and take the Oath of Allegiance, entering the West Point class of 2021.
He will be among some 1,250 plebes, or freshman as they are known at the United States Military Academy, who will recite the oath on the sprawling parade grounds, on the granite bluffs above the Hudson River, about an hour’s drive north of New York City, where he will begin the grueling seven-week Cadet Basic Training, commonly called “Beast Barracks.”
In an interview last week, Castillo, who will turn 18 in June, told The Reporter he had just recently received his acceptance letter into the storied co-educational federal service academy, with its long list of graduates who are household names: Grant, Lee, Sherman, Pershing, Patton, Eisenhower, Bradley, Westmoreland, Aldrin, and Schwarzkopf.
Source: Vanden senior bound for West Point
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
There were smiles and plenty of thank you’s Friday when the Fairfield High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps dedicated the Getz Ready Room.
Veterans from Paradise Valley Estates, Fairfield-Suisun School District officials and the students admired the room, painted in blue with a patterned blue rug and blue-and-white furnishings.
On opposite walls were two framed World War II battle maps, prompting one guest to point to the one representing the beach at Normandy and say, “My uncle Paul went in right there.”
On a shelf, off to the side of the door, sits a shell from the beach at Normandy.
Source: Paradise Valley veteran teams up with Junior ROTC to create Ready Room
By Ian Thompson
Fairfield High School junior Shaham Dadhwal took a break from listening to a presentation on aeromedical evacuation Thursday to say he would be interested in that field.
Junior Thomas Pino was even more specific, voicing his interest in following his father into the Air Force and becoming a radiologist.
Both are members of the Fairfield High School Air Force Junior ROTC and were among more than 230 high school students from Air Force Junior ROTC and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs visiting the base Thursday.
Source: High school Junior ROTC students get taste of Travis
By Kelli Germeraad
On January 29, Vanden High School’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (JROTC) cadet group held its annual awards night.
This is a special night in which outstanding cadets are honored with national awards from Veterans and military organizations based on meeting high standards of academics, community service, patriotism, and leadership. In addition, these awards night offer the cadet group the opportunity to showcase to parents and community members the successes of both individual cadets and the group as a whole.
Throughout my interaction with JROTC programs, especially Vanden’s, I have had the opportunity to see students excel both as leaders as well as involvement in the community. This program offers each cadet room to grow and achieve as individuals and as a team.
via Kelli’s Heroes: Vanden honors JROTC cadet group.
By Bill Hicks
The movies have painted a pretty clear picture: a drill instructor, one arm tucked behind, looking over a group of ill-prepared recruits, explaining, in terse, salty language, how the lives they used to lead are now over.
Similarly, teen movies will have the protagonists laying around a room, an illuminated computer nearby, a bag of chips, clothes strewn about, the whole teen pack engaged in a conversation laced with “brah,” and “like, seriously.”
Vanden High’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program demolishes those stereotypes.
via Vanden Junior ROTC builds strength through teamwork.
By Ian Thompson
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Tad Riley and his wingmen’s photo-reconnaisance RF-8A Crusaders cleared the coast of Cuba flying a little more than 50 feet off the ground, their jets’ exhaust sending up rooster tails of dust from the fields of startled Cuban farmers.
Their mission on Oct. 23, 1962, was to take detailed, low-level photos of the sites of missile and other military sites the Soviet Union was setting up in Cuba, sites which had previously been spotted by high-flying U-2s a few days earlier, kicking off the Cuban Missile Crisis.
“We were right on the deck,” the now-retired Navy flier and intelligence officer told the Fairfield High School Air Force Junior ROTC cadets who were interviewing him. “Our primary mission was to figure out if they (the missile sites) were ready yet.”
via Fairfield High ROTC works to preserve veterans’ heritage Daily Republic.