By: Joe Toppe Staff Writer
September 30, 2013
EASLEY – For the first time this school year, the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Corps at Easley High School assembled in uniform for official review.
“We took the opportunity to get all of the kids out there in uniform to be reviewed by our principal, Dr. Tim Mullis, and the battalion’s instructors,” said Lt. Commander Al Carden. “We presented the colors, we honored the flag, and we had Principal Mullis walk through and look over all of the students and cadets in their uniforms. At the end, we presented the distinguished unit banner we earned last year to the principal and current battalion.”
Mullis expressed his admiration of the cadets and the battalion’s distinguished unit recognition.
“The NJROTC Fall Inspection and recognition of our unit as a distinguished unit was an awesome experience,” Mullis said. “Knowing all the hard work that goes into attaining this award makes me very proud of our students and commanders. We are very blessed to have this group on our campus. “
Carden said the fall formation provided a good opportunity to present the 2013 distinguished unit banner to the battalion.
“The distinguished unit honor is a big deal because it puts you in the top 10 percent of units in the entire country,” he said. “Easley has been distinguished for the last 19 years in a row and it is an unprecedented streak and we hope to get it again this year.”
According to Carden, there is no set of criteria to follow to earn the banner of distinguished unit.
“It means you are a well-rounded unit and one of the top units in the nation,” Carden said. You have to be deemed by your area manager and we are in area six which covers all of North and South Carolina. The area manager takes all of the data from an entire year on all of the units from the area and he decides which are going to be distinguished units. There are 66 units in this area and only 10 percent of the entire nation can become a distinguished unit.”
The NJROTC will host the 19th annual Foothills Drill Meet on Oct. 5, and is currently competing in orienteering, drill, and rifle season.