It was another “Triple Play” for Cambridge Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. No, it was not baseball, but the annual presentations to outstanding JROTC Cadets in programs at Greenwood High School, Emerald High School and McCormick High School.
Greenwood High School led with its annual JROTC Awards Day program on Wednesday, May 2. LTC Curtis A. Laymon, US Army (Retired), Senior Military Instructor, welcomed students, parents and those presenting Awards to the ceremony. Tommy L. O’Dell made the presentation for Cambridge Chapter to Cadet Major Nathaniel Elifritz, Executive Officer of the 46th Eagle Battalion, US Army JROTC.
The Emerald High School “Viking” Air Corps stood in formation late Wednesday afternoon, May 9, as Major David R. Pfancook, Jr., USAF (Retired), extended greetings and words of welcome to the ceremony. MAJ Pfancook is Emerald’s new Senior AeroScience Instructor, succeeding LTC Bernard Taylor, USAF (Retired), who retired at the end of the 2017-2018 School Year.
Emerald Cadet Major Chloe Olivia Kirby received the SAR Bronze JROTC Award presented by L. Brabham Dukes, Jr., Cambridge Chapter Registrar. Cadet Kirby is Drill Team Commander and Deputy Color Guard Commander for the “Viking” Air Corps. Cadet Kirby received additional Awards described in another article in this issue of the The Palmetto Patriot.
Cambridge Chapter concluded its Awards circuit at McCormick High School on Monday, May 21, in a late afternoon program when LTC Anthony Hughes, US Army (Retired), Senior Military Instructor, welcomed those attending the Awards ceremony. Richard A. Morris, Cambridge Chapter President, presented the Award to Cadet Major Rebekka Luchey. Cadet Luchey serves as Battalion Commander for the “Chieftain” US Army JROTC unit.
All Cadets who receive the SAR Chapter-level Award have been chosen by the Senior Military Instructor. Wording on the SAR Certificate which is presented with a Medal and Ribbon to be worn on the uniform states the criteria for award-ing the Bronze JTOTC Medal: “awarded in recognition of outstanding leadership qualities, military bearing and excellence, thus exemplifying the high ideals and principles which motivated and sustain our Patriot ancestors.
All Chapters of the SAR in the SC Society participate in the JROTC Award program if there is High School with JROTC in their Service Area. All of the Uniformed Services — Army, Navy and Air Force – have ROTC programs at the College level or JROTC at the High School level. Frank Brown of Sumter, SC is State Chairman of the SC Society ROTC/JROTC Committee.
Submitted by Ted Morton and Tom Hanson