NJROTC Cadets participate in two summer leadership programs
Basic Leadership Training (BLT)
Cadets from Northmont Senior High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) participated in two summer leadership programs during the summer of 2014.
During the week of June 8-15, twelve cadets from Northmont were part of eighty-five cadets from thirteen different high schools who attended the 2014 Area 3 Basic Leadership Training (BLT) at Camp Sherman in Chillicothe, Ohio. The cadets participated in orienteering, unarmed drill, air rifle, first aid training, academic challenges, physical fitness training, M16 rifle simulator, and personnel and room inspections. At the end of the week, the cadets graduated from BLT and received medals and ribbons for their accomplishments.
The Northmont cadets who participated are James Abrams, Jeff Kramer, Gwen Landes, Taylor Manson, Chris Riesenberg, Anthony Riley, Brandon Schroeder, Aniyah Stanford, David Sutter, Joe Taylor, Autumn Vallie, and Desiree’ Wright. They were accompanied by Sr. Chief James Griffin and upperclass cadet aides Mellissa Adams, John Garrison and Ryan Reynolds.
Leadership Academy (LA)
The Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) welcomed more than 120 Area 3 NJROTC cadets to their annual NJROTC Leadership Academy (LA) at Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois during the week of June 14-21. The goal of the leadership Academy is to produce better leaders through the training the cadets had in platoon inspections, room inspections and drill throughout the week.
The attendees are the top cadet sophomores and juniors from more than 50 high schools throughout the Midwest who are scheduled to be the leaders of their NJROTC units in the upcoming school year.
Units from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, West Virginia and Nebraska attended the week-long course. The Northmont cadets who attended are Kameron Brown, John Garrison, Tanner Garrison, Dustin Kallmeyer and Alex Sharp. Colonel Ken Knotts from Northmont was one of more than 20 NJROTC Area 3 Navy Science Instructors (NSI) who ran the academy.
The curriculum for the week included classes in plotting contacts or navigating a course on computers at the Operations Specialist/Quartermaster (OS/QM) "A" School. They learned about maneuvering on board a ship and line handling at the Boatswain's Mate "A" School on board USS White Hat, an indoor mockup of a Navy vessel. The cadets also learned about combat systems and engines on board a ship at the Center for Surface Combat Systems School and Engineering Systems School buildings. They were also given tours and observed how Damage Controlmen (DC) and Hull Technicians (HT) learn how to "fight the ship", or put out fires and stop flooding, at the DC and HT school building and damage control trainer.
The cadets had an opportunity to take part in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) classes where they completed a mathematics problem using a story about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. The cadets also worked on building open and closed circuits using a battery, wires and small light bulb learning about the properties of electricity.
At the Naval Station Great Lakes Marina the cadets were taught proper handling of rubber rafts and given sailing lessons. They also received more hands-on seamanship training and line handling while sailing on Lake Michigan. Each of the five platoons of cadets also visited Sailors from the Naval Operational Support Center (NOSC) who took them on a mini-cruise of Lake Michigan in a 40-foot Maritime Prepositioning Force Utility Boat from the Assault Craft Unit One boathouse.
The cadets ended the week with a graduation ceremony during which they received a silver shoulder cord to wear on their uniforms, signifying the completion of the leadership academy.