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North Augusta High NJROTC unit holds annual inspection

Posted: February 5, 2013 - 2:54pm
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JROTC cadets pass in review during their annual inspection. American Legion Post 71 members and other guests were at the ceremony in North Augusta's gym.   MICHAEL HOLAHAN / STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN / STAFF
JROTC cadets pass in review during their annual inspection. American Legion Post 71 members and other guests were at the ceremony in North Augusta's gym.

The North Augusta High School Navy JROTC unit held its annual inspection Thursday.

The 134 students in the unit marched into the school gym in tight formation as members the American Legion Unit 71 and other guests stood.

The cadets organized the inspection, said Col. Ken Beck, who oversees North Augusta High’s NJROTC unit. “They are the ones who ran this whole thing.”

Preparation for the annual inspection is done throughout the year, said Beck.

“They get to demonstrate what they did all year,” he said. “I think it went great.”

During the program, the drill team performed and several unit members received awards. Guest speaker Cmdr. James Henderson-Coffey from the Navy Information Operations Command at Fort Gordon encouraged the JROTC cadets to do the right things: not use drugs, respect others and themselves and not be a bully.

“Defend those who cannot defend themselves,” he said.

After challenging them to do the right things in life, he complimented the unit on what it has accomplished thus far.

“I am proud of you,” he said.

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