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Cape Gazette School & Education TUESDAY, JUNE 24 - THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2008 25 I Sussex Tech JROTC completes officer school and academy Richard Lewis addresses graduates The Sussex Tech Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps Raven Battalion recently com- pleted its Officer Candidate School and Noncommissioned Officers Academy. The guest speaker at the grad- uation ceremony on June 11 was Sussex Tech school board Presi- dent Richard Lewis, who related some of his military experiences as a helicopter pilot. With early rises and physical fitness training, cadets got a taste of what the academy was about. The Noncommissioned Officers (NCO)/Officer Candidate School (OCS) Junior Reserve Of- ricers' Training Corps (JROTC) Academy trains noncommission and commissioned officers for the JROTC program. Cadets learn endurance, basic physical training formation and physical training during the fLrst sessions of the academy. Students learn to value the vig- or and strength needed to com- plete this part of the program. Cadets then move to the second session of the academy by using their 30-minute break to put their class B uniforms into pris- tine order for the inspection of the day. Then it is time for drill and ceremonies (D&C) or class. Switching from class to D&C, or vice versa, academy cadets learn the significance in their role as non-commissioned or commis- sioned officer in the class provid- ed by other battalion officers. While outside, NCO or OCS cadets learn to lead a squad, to follow in a squad and the impor- tance of the structure formation required for drill and cere- monies. At the end of a vigorous week, cadets graduate to a higher rank. For the fast year, the acade- my implemented a distinguished graduate honor for one member of each class. The cadets were chosen based on achieving the highest final score earned during the week in the rive-part exam, which includ- ed physical training, practical ex- am, drill and ceremonies, practi- cal exam and inspection. Receiv- ing the medals were Cadet Sgt. Michael Mather of Seaford (NCO) and Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Skyler Bowden of Georgetown (OCS). Academy Cadre" instructing the cadets were: Cadet Lt. Col. Lori Simmons, Rehoboth, battal- ion commander; Cadet Major Nathan Rider, Bridgeville, battal- ion executive officer;, Cadet Ma- ior Paul Sisson, Georgetown, bat- talion training and operations of- ricer and academy inspection of- ricer; Cadet Capt. Richard Atldns, Georgetown, battalion adiutant officer and academy classroom instructor; Cadet Capt. Brandon Wilkins, Laurel, Alpha Company commander and academy classroom instruc- tor; Cadet Capt. Josh Dill, Seaford, Bravo Company com- mander and academy physical training instructor; Cadet 1st Lt. Tyler Faulkner, Bridgeville, bat- talion special projects officer; Cadet 2nd Lt. Anna Dill, Seaford, academy drill and ceremonies instructor; Cadet 2nd Lt. Anna Yelverton, Seaford, academy supply officer;, and Cadet Com- mand Sgt. Major Paul Romer, Seaford, battalion commander and academy physical training instructor. Officer Candidate School at- tendees were: Ryan Skrzat Mills- boro; Jonathan Taylor, Seaford; Cameron Faulkner, Bridgeville; Tyler Davidson, Harbeson; Nathan Zanks, Lewes; Andrew Montigny, Seaford; Garrett Lavenets, Lewes; Brian Saunders, Delmar;, Mark Porches, Seaford; Amanda Nichols, Greenwood; Skyler Bowden, Georgetown; and Alexis Turzani, Seaford. Noncommissioned Officer Academy attendees were: An- thony Alvarez, Ellendale; Keith Beebe, Milton; Matthew Breslin, Milton; Joseph Cloughly, Bridgeville; Brian Cranmer, Harbeson; Joseph Holland, Mil- ton; Brandon Martin, Lewes; Montana McDonald, Lincoln; Francis Ortiz, GeorgetoWn; Ken- neth Poole, Delmar; Justin Steam, Laurel; Michael Mather, Seaford; Robert AtaUian, George- town; Brooke Bonneville, Georgetown; Hunter Clayton, Georgetown; Jeffrey Cordrey, Seaford; David Czukewski, Harbeson; Katelyn Kraszewski, Bridgeville; Charinel Matos, Seaford; Danny Moore, Sel- byville; Brent Petett, Laurel; Nao- mi Riale, Harbeson; Ryan Swiger, Ellendale; Ashley Yaeger, Mil- ford; Jakeashia Bournes, Bridgeville; Greg Luff, Milton; and Tre'Michael Elliott, Laurel Overseeing the cadets during the academy were JROTC in- structors Maior Ben Jester and Sgt. Luis Melendez. SUBMffTED PHOTOS OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL JROTC GRADUATES at Sussex Tech are (back, I-r) Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Alexis Turzani, Seaford; Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Taylor, Seaford; Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Amanda Nichols, Greenwood; and Cadet 1st It. Ryan Skrzat, Millsboro. In front are Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Montigny, Seaford; Cadet Sgt. 1st Class GarTeR Lavenets, Lewes; Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Cameron Faulkner, Bridgeville; Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Tyler Davidson, Harbeson; and Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Skyler Bowden, Georgetown. Non-Commissioned Officer J ROTC graduates at Sussex Tech are (back, I-r) Cadet Sgt. KateKraszewski, Bridgeville; Cadet Sgt. David Czukiewski, Harbeson; Cadet Sgt. Ryan Swiger, EIlendale; Cadet Sgt. Tre'Michael Elliott, Laurel; and Cadet Sgt. Gregory Luff, Milton. In the middle are Cadet Sgt. Michael Mather, Seaford; Cadet Sgt. Kenneth Poole, Delmar; Cadet Sgt. Brent PeteR, Laurel; Cadet Sgt. Francis Ortiz, Georgetown; Cadet Sgt. Justin Steam, Laurel and Cadet Sgt. Brandon Martin, Lewes. In front are Cadet Sgt. Brian Cranmer, Harbeson; Cadet Sgt. Joseph Cloughly, Bridgeville; Cadet Sgt. Matthew Breslin, Milton; Cadet Sgt. Jakeashia Bournes, Bridgeville; Cadet Sgt. Keith Beebe, Milton; and Cadet Sgt. Anthony Alvarez, Ellendale. Standing at attention to receive their commissioned officer rankings are (I-r) Cadet First Class Andrew Montigny, Seaford; Cadet First Class Garrett Lavenets, Lewes; Cadet First Class Cameron Faulkner, Bridgeville; Cadet First Class Tyler Davidson, Harbeson; and Cadet First Class Skyler Bowden, Georgetown. In back replacing the rank bars are Cadet Captain Justin Steam, Laurel; Cadet Major Nathan Rider, Bridgeville; Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Anna Dill, Seaford; and Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Lori Sim- mons, Rehoboth.