Mililani’s JROTC competes in West Point Society Drill Meet

| February 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Members of the Mililani High School Army JROTC Program perform a drill routine during the 2018 West Point Society Drill Meet, Jan. 27. (Photo by Cadet Capt. Thomas Schiller, Army JROTC Program, Mililani High School)

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Cadet Capt. Thomas Schiller
Army JROTC Program
Mililani High School

MILILANI — The high school Army JROTC Program, here, sponsored the West Point Society Drill Meet, Jan. 27.

The 2018 West Point Society Drill Meet consisted of seven main events: armed/unarmed regulation, armed/inspection, armed/unarmed exhibition and color guard.

Fifteen high school drill teams across the state competed in the first Trojan Battalion West Point Society Meet at Mililani High School.

“The event could not have happened without the support of Mililani High School’s Principal Fred Murphy,” said retired Lt. Col. Tim Schiller, senior Army instructor for Mililani High School Army JROTC Program.

The mission of the meet is to inspire cadets and build esprit de corps in the Corps of Cadets by demonstrating excellence in drill, and to represent the excellence of the military’s JROTC Corps of Cadets in a competitive event.

The overall judges were Pam Keanini and Paulo Faleeiafini who are part of the overall organization of Na Mea Ike la.

Judges for the event included active duty members of the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club from the 25th Infantry Division. This organization is composed of an elite group of noncommissioned officers who have demonstrated inherent leadership qualities and abilities characterized by those of Sgt. Audie Murphy.

The U.S. Navy judging team consisted of members of the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor, its colors and honor guard.

Winning overall was Kapolei High School’s Marine Corps JROTC. Kaleheo High School’s Navy JROTC came in as the runner up.

Cadet Lt. Col. Travis Afuso, master of ceremonies and executive officer, or XO, said, “I enjoyed being able to go through the planning process of the drill meet. I have been on the participating end of the West Point Drill Meet in the past, but organizing it was an entirely different and rewarding experience.”

Cadet Capt. Maysa Segovia, the cadet inspector general (IG), said, “My favorite part of the drill meet was really getting to bond with my fellow cadets. As a leader, we are really focused on closing the gap between the LET 1’s and 2’s. This was a great opportunity to really engage and bond with our newest members.

“We were all working together as a team, providing help for the evaluators and setting up the seven drill pads, and providing water and coordinating the entire event for over 500 cadets.”

Cadet Lt. Col. Jimmie Paeste, the Trojan Battalion commander, said, “Seeing all my friends from the other schools had to be my favorite part of the drill meet. JROTC has really impacted my life, and I have built so many friendships. The drill and other competition throughout the year brings everyone together, and we all have a great time.”

“In the future, Mililani High School hopes to continue the tradition of the West Point Drill Meet at this high school,” said 1st Sgt. Reinaldo Gonzalez-Ruiz, Army instructor, Mililani High School. “It was awesome to bring all these schools together at our football field. These great cadets displayed teamwork and precision in their drill routines and overall appearance.”

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