Hawaii cadets get rewards at governor’s ceremony

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Maj. Gen. Darryll D.M. Wong (right, in vehicle, standing), Hawaii state adjutant general, and Brig. Gen. Janice M. Haigler (center, in vehicle, standing), 311th SC (Theater) deputy commanding general, conduct a review of troops during the annual Governor’s JROTC Awards Ceremony and Review at Fort Shafter’s historic Palm Circle, April 30.

Maj. Gen. Darryll D.M. Wong (right, in vehicle, standing), Hawaii state adjutant general, and Brig. Gen. Janice M. Haigler (center, in vehicle, standing), 311th SC (Theater) deputy commanding general, conduct a review of troops during the annual Governor’s JROTC Awards Ceremony and Review at Fort Shafter’s historic Palm Circle, April 30.

 

Story and photos by
Liana Kim
311th Signal Command (Theater)
FORT SHAFTER — Hawaii’s top Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets performed rifle drills and received awards during the annual Governor’s JROTC Awards Ceremony and Review at historic Palm Circle, here, April 30.

More than 400 cadets participated in the event, hosted by Brig. Gen. Janice M. Haigler, 311th Signal Command (Theater) deputy commanding general, and officiated by Maj. Gen. Darryll D.M. Wong, state adjutant general for the Hawaii National Guard, representing Governor Neil Abercrombie.

“Over the last year, you have distinguished yourselves during a variety of academic, leadership and physical challenges. … The lessons learned through JROTC will last you the rest of your life,” Haigler said to the cadets assembled on the field.

“The road to success is not smooth,” she added. “Similar to the Road to Hana on Maui, it is a long, winding road full of steep cliffs and sharp turns; however, it is a beautiful trip and well worth the effort.”

Twenty-six cadets received the “Kina ‘Ole Award” for their contributions to their school and community, an engraved poi bowl from the Kina’ole Foundation and recognition from Wong and Haigler.

“In the past year alone, these cadets contributed over 70,000 hours of school and community service,” said retired Lt. Col. Antoinette Correia, JROTC program manager for Hawaii’s Department of Education.

The award-winning cadets represented 18 Army JROTC programs (from 16 public, two private schools), four Air Force, three Navy and one Marine Corps program.

Kina`ole is a Hawaiian term defining a concept of flawlessness. The award has been presented each year since 2010, when retired Col. Raymond Jardine created it to recognize one cadet from each program who has exhibited the Kina’ole traits described as “doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, in the right place, to the right person, for the right reason, with the right feeling — the first time.”

Hawaii’s JROTC cadets salute in formation during the annual Governor’s JROTC Awards Ceremony and Review at Fort Shafter’s historic Palm Circle, April 30.

Hawaii’s JROTC cadets salute in formation during the annual Governor’s JROTC Awards Ceremony and Review at Fort Shafter’s historic Palm Circle, April 30.

The generals also conducted a formal pass in review to inspect the cadets in formation, while a brass ensemble of the 25th Infantry Division Band played service medleys.

Finally, a select group of cadets representing the JROTC programs of their schools participated in a march in review and displayed their competence in military drill and ceremony.

For the past five years, the 311th Signal Command has been executive agent for the event. The 311th is the designated signal command for the Army Service Component Commands within the Pacific theater.

“The Soldiers of the 311th who support us are phenomenal. They put in the time needed to plan the event with us, and did the work to bring it together at the end. They were there early setting up tents and equipment; they provided Combat Life Saver support to the medics standing by and disassembled everything afterward,” said JROTC retired Sgt. Maj. Sandra Beekman, Hawaii Multiple School Unit. “They made it all happen, and we’re looking forward to next year’s ceremony.”

Junior ROTC is an elective career and technical education high school credit course. Hawaii’s JROTC program, managed by the Hawaii DOE, consists of 26 schools (24 public, two private) statewide. Cadets participate in many activities throughout the year, including academic, physical fitness, adventure, drill and cyber-defense competitions.

Cadets represented their JROTC programs at Kapaa and Waimea high schools on Kauai; Baldwin on Maui; Hilo, Kealakehe and Konaweana high schools on Hawaii; and the following 20 schools on Oahu: Aiea, Campbell, Farrington, Kahuku, Kailua, Kaimuki, Kaiser, Kalaheo, Kapolei, Leilehua, Mililani, McKinley, Moanalua, Nanakuli, Punahou, Radford, Roosevelt, Saint Louis, Waianae and Waipahu.

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