The cadets of the Carson High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps were in their best uniforms on Friday as they conducted their annual inspection. On hand to conduct the inspection were Captain David Halloran, Commander of Naval Air Station Fallon, and Command Master Chief Robert Boyd, the installation’s Senior Enlisted Advisor.
The NJROTC has a requirement for its program each year, an officer of the grade O-6 or above inspect the unit. This validates the work of the unit to the Navy, ensuring the program is still working within the frame the Navy has set for it.
The event consisted of three principle parts: an inspection of the cadets, an inspection, and a pass-in-review. During the brief, Cadet Commander Robert White told the Navy officers about the activities of his unit. The report included several community service events such as Salvation Army bell ringing, Adopt-a-Family programs, and the Carson River Cleanup.
Lieutenant Commander Dan Meyer, USN-ret., stressed his pride in the unit and the work they do.
“We have here over 270 of the best and brightest of Carson High School. This program has had an outstanding reputation for over 40 years, and I love seeing the cadets carry that on,” Lt. Com. Meyer said.
After the brief was concluded, Capt. Halloran took the opportunity to tell the students about the benefits of the military and explain the importance of being an aware citizen of their country.
“I really like the Junior ROTC program,” Capt. Halloran said, “the fact that they have over 200 kids here doing this is really impressive.”
Overall, Capt. Halloran said he was thoroughly impressed with the volume of students who were getting experience with the military and discipline that it brings.
The culminating event of the inspection was the pass-in-review, conducted on the Carson High School football field. The whole battalion of more than 270 cadets marched past the inspecting officers one more time, completing the event and marking the end of yet another successful inspection for the unit.