News: Marines, sailors visit Okkodo High School JROTC cadets, students
Story by Lance Cpl. Charles Clark
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam - Sixteen Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224 (VMFA-224), VMFA-225, and Marine Aircraft Group 12 Marines and sailors visited Okkodo High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps cadets and students during a community relations event at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Oct. 17, 2012.
The volunteers stretched across the ranks of junior service members, noncommissioned officers, staff NCOs and officers.
“This was a really beautiful thing,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarvis K. Broom, a VMFA(AW)-224 aviation corpsman. “Being around the cadets and listening to them, I learned they are very smart and bright.”
The cadets welcomed the Marines and sailors using proper etiquette and rank.
“I loved the formality of everything here,” Broom said. “They are very respectful and that is a rare thing to see in teenagers nowadays.”
The cadets demonstrated their eagerness to learn military life and customs by asking the servicemembers about their jobs and experiences in the military.
“We teach the freshmen and sophomores leadership traits and how to become leaders,” said Kristen C. Pangelinan, a JROTC cadet, second squad leader and Okkodo High junior. “We motivate them and get them dedicated to bettering themselves.”
For many of the cadets and students, having military members in their family is a common occurrence.
“I have family in the Army,” said Pangelinan. “They taught me how to march and drill to cadence and that really got me interested in ROTC and the military.”
The juniors and seniors in the program emulated many Marine Corps values and a sense of brotherhood to the visiting servicemembers.
“We learn responsibility, leadership and faith in your junior cadet,” Pangelinan said. “We don’t have favoritism in ROTC. We work as a unit and if one of us messes up, then we all learn from it.”
During a question and answer discussion with the students, the Marines and sailors told their individual experiences and reasons for joining their respective branches. The students and cadets learned they have the opportunity to serve before, after or while attending college.
“I want to go officer, but I’m going to enlist first and get my college degree later,” said Pangelinan. “This program really caught my eye and is well organized, which is what we need to learn how to be before going to boot camp.”