Hawaii cadets’ sacrifices honored at governor’s ceremony

| April 14, 2011 | 0 Comments
(From left) Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie and Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commander, 8th TSC, conduct a review of troops during the annual Governor’s JROTC Awards Ceremony and Review at Fort Shafter’s historic Palm Circle, March 31.

(From left) Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie and Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commander, 8th TSC, conduct a review of troops during the annual Governor’s JROTC Awards Ceremony and Review at Fort Shafter’s historic Palm Circle, March 31.

Story and Photos by
Staff Sgt. Crista Yazzie
311th Signal Command Public Affairs

311th Signal Command hosts annual review of 800 Hawaii cadets

FORT SHAFTER — Hawaii’s top JROTC cadets were honored during the annual Governor’s JROTC Awards Ceremony and Review at Fort Shafter’s historic Palm Circle, here, March 31.

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie and Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commander, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, hosted the event in which more than 800 cadets participated.

Twenty-six cadets, one from each Oahu high school, received the JROTC Kinaole award, an engraved poi bowl from the governor and recognition from Terry. Kinaole is a Hawaiian term defining a concept of flawlessness.

Hawaii’s JROTC cadets — from 17 Army, one Marine Corps, four Air Force and four Navy units — stand in formation during the annual ceremony.

Hawaii’s JROTC cadets — from 17 Army, one Marine Corps, four Air Force and four Navy units — stand in formation during the annual ceremony.

“The young people you see before you today represent the legacy of that great tradition of freedom and justice for all, and represent the armed forces of a free people,” Abercrombie said. “(They) embody the traditions and foundation established by the constitution of a free people and a military that represents its free people.”

Hawaii’s JROTC program, managed by the Hawaii Department of Education, consists of 17 Army, one Marine Corps, four Air Force and four Navy units.

 

“This event gives the military and the state an opportunity to honor these cadets who do so much for our community,” said retired Lt. Col. Antoinette Correia, JROTC program manager for Hawaii’s DOE. “If you look at the community service and service learning they engage in, they are helping veterans, helping the homeless and so much more. It’s just amazing how much they contribute.”

For the past two years, the 311th Signal Command has been the executive agent for the event.

“We worked in conjunction with the (school’s military units), the 8th TSC and U.S. Army-Pacific to put this event together,” said Master Sgt. Vada Turner, project manager for the event. “It’s more than an honor to be a part of this; we might be training or working with some of our future service members right here.”

Terry expressed similar sentiment, acknowledging the cadets’ personal time sacrifices and congratulating their accomplishments.

“I’m so proud of you,” Terry said to the cadets. “Each one of you has made a special commitment. Among all the other things you have to do in high school, you’ve made this additional commitment to JROTC, and for that, I want to thank you.”

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