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Photo Essay: ROTC

Eric Bell
Staff Photographer

   Topics of discussions in the ROTC class included scheduling for next semester and Land Navigation. Students will become officers after graduation.

   "We commission them right after graduation," said Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Johnson, training NCO for the ROTC department.

   Johnson has worked with the ROTC program for eight years and has been at UAM since Spring 2006.

   "The numbers are increasing; enrollment has doubled since last semester, and scholarships are available,” Johnson said.

   In the ROTC lab, students are assigned Squad Tactical Exercise Missions, and they have to go out and execute them. A different leader heads each mission. The mission was to “storm a bunker,” lead by Cadet 2nd Lt. Juan Blackman. The Lab takes place on the west side of the campus behind the University Apartments.

Planning the Next Step — Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Justin Tidwell (left) and Cadet Staff Sgt. Stephen Mcclellan (right) discuss their spring schedules. What's Next — Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Johnson (standing) discusses scheduling with first-year Cadet Staff Sgt. Joseph Grant (sitting).

 

Advising the Troops — Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Johnson (left) answers a question about the schedule for Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Justin Tidwell (right).

 

Interpreting Maps — Cadet Sgt. LaShonda Brazil (left) and Cadet 2nd Lt. Sandy Herring (right) use the information they learned about interpreting maps to answer questions.

 

Plotting the Mission — Cadet 2nd Lt. Juan Blackmon uses his laptop to help plot out his mission course. Blackmon will be the team leader for the Lab Exercise.

 

Squad Tactical Exercise — (clockwise) Cadet Sgt. Angie Herring , Cadet 1st Sgt. Randy Moore, Cadet Staff Sgt. Stephen Mcclellan, Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Justin Tidwell, Cadet Staff Sgt. Joseph Grant and Cadet 2nd Lt. Juan Blackmon take time to pose for a picture before their STX (squad tactical exercise).

 

Fire Arms - Cadet Sgt. 1st Cass Justin Tidwell (left) stands with a M60 while Cadet Staff  Sgt. Stephen Mcclellan (right) is equipped with a M16.

 

Team Work — (clockwise) Cadet Major Adam Herring, Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Justin Tidwell, Cadet Sgt. Angie Herring and Cadet 2nd Lt. Juan Blackmon coordinate their mission before departure. ROTC Class and Lab — Cadet Staff Sgt. Joseph Grant and Cadet 1st Sgt. Randy Moore at Alpha Alpha (assembly area). ROTC Class and Lab.
 





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