HONOLULU — JROTC Drill teams and Color guard teams from all over the island came together at Kaimuki High School to compete in the Annual West Point Drill Meet on January 23, 2016.
This prestigious event was sponsored by the United States Military Academy.
The competition consisted of several events to include in-ranks inspection, both unarmed and armed regulation, exhibition drill and color guard competition.
“The cadets had an amazing opportunity. They were able to put all they have learned into practice,” said Cadet Command Sergeant Major Jase Agoo. “They gain confidence and knowledge form of experiencing first-hand how practice truly improves the skills they have. I’m extremely proud of all the cadets’ dedication and conviction.”
Inspectors included members of the United States Army, US Marine Corps, and Army ROTC Cadets from the University of Hawaii.
“Going to the West Point drill meet was a privilege and great experience of actually competing and meeting others,” said Cadet Sergeant Zachary Helton. “I learned that during inspections that they were so many active duty soldiers asking questions during the in-ranks inspection.
It was intense. The best part during the inspection was you have the opportunity to show the judges what you have learned from your JROTC instructors.”
PEARL HARBOR — On 28 January, 2016, 21 Cadets went on a tour at the USS Arizona Memorial to learn about what had happened on the dreadful day, December 7, 1941.
As with any visit to the USS Arizona, it was a very humbling experience to go back in history and really appreciate and understand what happened that day. Cadets learned to appreciate history and to appreciate the freedom which we enjoy today. The event allowed the cadets to better understand the sacrifices of our past so they do not repeat themselves in the future and to gain a better understanding of the freedom some people take for granted.
“My overall experience was educational along with being very fascinating about what happened that day. I love being able to experience history first hand and see what happened so very long ago. While at the memorial I learned and was able to witness what happened to not only the USS Arizona but to the entire Pacific Fleet on that day, December 7, 1941,” Cadet First Sergeant Jimmie Paeste. “This includes the mass number of deaths, destruction and terror that took place on that day, but what fascinated me the most had to meet Mr. Herb Weatherwax; he had spoken to us telling first-hand accounts of that day.”
“How convenient 20 cadets were able to embark on this journey today. I felt the need to honor the men and women who sacrificed everything that day,” Cadet Command Sergeant Major Jase Agoo. ” How better than to have 3 squads of 7 cadets hold a 21 second salute. I couldn’t think of any other way to honor them in that moment.”