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    NTAG Carolina Executive Officer, Cmdr. Lopez, performs NJROTC Annual Military Inspection



    Story by Erin Newton 

    Navy Recruiting Command

    Elon, N.C. – (November 9, 2021) – Commander Ian Lopez, Executive Officer of Navy Talent Acquisition
    Group (NTAG) Carolina, conducted Western Alamance High Schools, Navy Junior Reserve Officer
    Training Corps (NJROTC) Annual Military Inspection. During the inspection, Lopez inspected
    the cadets Navy Service Uniforms as well as their basic military knowledge.

    Upon arrival at Western Alamance High School, Lopez was greeted by Trace Rucart, a senior and the units Commanding Officer, and Retired Master Chief Petty Officer Dirk Butler, who is the Naval Science Instructor for the program.

    Butler explained how proud he is of the NJROTC cadet program at Western
    Alamance High School. He believes that the NJROTC is important and explains that it improves the cadets
    confidence and allows them to be proud of the things they accomplish, no matter how big or small, and prepares them
    for leadership roles. Lopez
    was also a cadet in high school agreed with Butler.

    “The skills that JROTC cadets learn as part of the program they can take with them anywhere, whether
    it’s joining the military, going to college, or joining the workforce after school.” Said Lopez.

    The inspection ended with cadet awards and a Change-of-Command. Lopez congratulated Butler on having such a great group of cadets and continued with how the cadets should be
    proud of themselves and how proud they make others around them.

    “I allow and expect the students to make mistakes, we want them to make mistakes so we can teach
    them and help with making them better and that’s what this program is all about and why I think these
    cadets are so great at what they do here and outside of school.” said Butler.

    Navy Recruiting Command consists of a command headquarters, two Navy Recruiting Regions, and 26 Navy Talent Acquisition Groups that serve more than 815 recruiting stations across the world. Their combined goal is to attract the highest quality candidates to assure the ongoing success of America's Navy.

    For more news from Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, go to Follow Navy Recruiting on Facebook (, Twitter (@USNRecruiter) and Instagram (@USNRecruiter).



    Date Taken: 11.10.2021
    Date Posted: 11.22.2021 11:20
    Story ID: 409772
    Location: ELON, NC, US 
    Hometown: ELON, NC, US
    Hometown: RALEIGH, NC, US

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