For Immediate Release — March 12, 2014 | Pacific
Lawrence Torres III: Public Affairs Specialist | 644-5786
OKINAWA, JAPAN — March 12, 2014 — The Kinnick High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Red Devil Drill Team placed 1st against 21 schools in the Pacific Drill Championship March 8 in Hawaii.
The Kinnick NJROTC drill team became the overall winner after placing 1st in Unarmed Exhibition and 3rd in Armed Regulation, Unarmed Regulation and Armed Exhibition.
“I couldn’t have been prouder of their hard work and sacrifice,” said David Grinstead, Sr., Kinnick HS NJROTC instructor and retired U.S. Marine 1st Sgt. “Two drill championships down, and one to go.”
The Kinnick HS NJROTC drill team was chosen to represent the Far East in Hawaii after winning the 2014 Japan Regional Drill Championship Feb. 22 at Yokota Air Base, Japan. They will compete against 12 schools in the 2013-14 DoDEA Pacific Far East Drill Competition on Kadena Air Base located in Okinawa, Japan March 23-26.
The NJROTC program was established by Public Law in 1964 which may be found in Title 10, U.S. Code, Chapter 102. The program is conducted at accredited secondary schools throughout the nation, and taught by instructors who are retired Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard officers and enlisted personnel.
About DoDEA Pacific:
The first organized schools for the children of U.S. military personnel serving in the Pacific were established in 1946 during post-World War II reconstruction. Throughout the decades, Department of Defense schools evolved to become a comprehensive and high-performing K-12 school system solely dedicated to educating the children of America’s heroes. Today, DoDEA Pacific’s 49 schools serve over 23,500 children of U.S. military and eligible DoD civilian personnel families stationed throughout the Pacific theater. The DoDEA Pacific teaching, administrative and school support team includes more than 3,300 full-time professionals. The schools are geographically organized into four districts: Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea.
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