Press Release: 01-12-2011
Waukegan High School’s JROTC regiment was visited on Tuesday, January 11, by one of highest ranking Cadet Commanders in the United States Army.
Deputy Commanding General of Cadet Command, Colonel Barrye L. Price spent more than two hours at WHS Brookside Campus, where he met with school and district administrators before being briefed on all aspects of Waukegan’s JROTC by student officers.
Student cadets, including Regiment Commander Nancy Gutierrez, gave a short presentation to Col. Price and his staff before the Colonel sat in on a uniform inspection and offered encouraging words to students. Col. Price’s Command oversees more than 270 college and 1,600 high school ROTC programs in the United States, US Territories, and Department of Defense Schools worldwide.
Waukegan High School’s JROTC, now in its 95th year is one of the oldest and largest JROTC regiments in the nation.
“I want to thank you all for your decision to be part of the program. You don’t know the impact your decisions are having on others,” Col. Price told students. “You are a cut above the regular student in the high school.”
A visit by a Deputy Commanding General is rare for JROTC programs, and Waukegan’s students and staff were rightfully eager.
"Col. Price's visit to our regiment is very exciting for us,” said Major Carter Bell, Senior Army Instructor for Waukegan’s JROTC. “We haven't had anyone this high ranking visit us in quite some time."
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Col. Price takes time to speak with a JROTC class.