Warrior Brigade aids JROTC ‘Adventure Challenge’

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Soldiers assigned to 1-21st Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, help to evaluate cadets during the JROTC Waianae Adventure Challenge at the Pililaau Army Recreation Center and Albert Silva Ranch in Waianae. More than 30 schools from all over the island competed.

Soldiers assigned to 1-21st Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, help to evaluate cadets during the JROTC Waianae Adventure Challenge at the Pililaau Army Recreation Center and Albert Silva Ranch in Waianae. More than 30 schools from all over the island competed.

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division
WAIANAE — Soldiers assigned to 25th Infantry Division volunteered to assist with the evaluation process during the annual Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) Waianae Adventure Challenge (WAC) at Pililaau Army Recreation Center and Albert Silva Ranch, here, April 17-19.

More than 30 schools from all over Hawaii participated in the challenge and competed in events, such as water crossing, swimming, a physical fitness test, rope bridging, rappelling, outrigger canoe paddling and other demanding challenges.

Soldiers from the 3-7th FA Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, help prepare a JROTC cadet for the swimming physical fitness test during the JROTC Adventure Challenge at Pokai Bay on April 18. Cadets were tested in various disciplines including  water crossing, a swimming physical fitness test, rope bridging, rappelling, and outrigger canoe paddling during the annual three-day training event.

Soldiers from the 3-7th FA Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, help prepare a JROTC cadet for the swimming physical fitness test during the JROTC Adventure Challenge at Pokai Bay on April 18. Cadets were tested in various disciplines including water crossing, a swimming physical fitness test, rope bridging, rappelling, and outrigger canoe paddling during the annual three-day training event.

“This is pretty much their Super Bowl,” said Buena Vista, Georgia, native Pvt. Jesse Barnes, an infantryman assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 21st Inf. Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. “Our main job is to ensure the cadets are being safe and using all safety measures while they compete in the events.”

For over a decade, the relationship between the Warrior Brigade and the Waianae High School and Intermediate School has blossomed into a special partnership.

“We (1-21st Inf. Regt.) try to participate in at least one event per quarter,” said 1st Lt. Gregory Thomas, the 1-21st Inf. Regt. signal officer and battalion community event coordinator. “We are looking to build lasting connections with our partner schools by improving our outreach program.”

A Soldier from the 25th ID oversees a group of JROTC cadets during a run along Pokai Bay during the JROTC Adventure Challenge.

A Soldier from the 25th ID oversees a group of JROTC cadets during a run along Pokai Bay during the JROTC Adventure Challenge.

Showing the way
The Warrior Brigade Soldiers strive to become great ambassadors for the U.S. As well, the motto for the JROTC school programs is building better citizens in the community.

“Our mission is to make these young kids into better citizens,” said retired Army Maj. Cory Marlowe, a native of Eugene, Oregon, and the senior Army instructor for President William McKinley High School in Honolulu.

“Our main objective is to prepare them for life. … It’s through physical fitness or teaching them the importance of working, going to college or attending a trade school. We want the best for these kids; we want these kids to succeed while they are here and when they graduate from high school.”

Even though the volunteers and instructors cannot openly recruit the cadets to join the Army, more than 10 percent still enlist in the military and serve their country after completing high school.

“The JROTC program and the U.S. Army are built around the same structure, so once I graduate from high school, I plan on making a career in the military,” said Ederest Rest, from Tallahassee, Florida, a student at McKinley High School. “Being part of the JROTC program for the past two years has allowed me to see firsthand how it turns kids into better citizens and teaches them how a motivated person will be successful in life.”

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