Awards

Two cadets from Enterprise High School’s JROTC were presented with Certificates of Excellence at the Military Affairs Quarterly Breakfast. Pictured are (from left) Military Affairs Committee Chairman Bill Baker, Cadet Lieutenant Codie Suermondt, Cadet Captain Jasmine Castaneda, and Colonel Charles DeJarnette.

Cutts Restaurant was filled with food and fellowship as part of the Military Affairs Quarterly Breakfast Wednesday morning.

Bill Baker, Chairman of the Military Affairs Committee, welcomed attendees and called the meeting to order after breakfast had been served. The primary item on the agenda was recognition of JROTC award recipients from Enterprise, Daleville, and Caroll high schools; two cadets from each school were honored and presented with a certificate and coffee mug courtesy of the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce. Cadets Codie Suermondt and Jasmine Castaneda from Enterprise High School were the first to be recognized, and Charles DeJarnette spoke of how proud he was of the Enterprise JROTC program’s excellence.

“In the short time that I’ve been with JROTC, I’ve been associated with many fine people, such as Colonel Suermondt and Captain Castaneda,” DeJarnette said. “Codie is our Wildcat Battalion Commander and has done an excellent job, and Jasmine is head of our PT team and has done an excellent job with that – she’s gotten several individual awards herself. JROTC at Enterprise High School is a good department; Sgt. Maj. Price is excellent, as is Master Sgt. Albrecht with the Rifle team. The past few competitions we’ve placed either first or second, and we placed second overall in the state competition a couple weeks ago. We have a great program and I see it continuing to be great.”

Cadet Major Jeremy Smith and Cadet Captain Anna Herring from Daleville High School were the next to be recognized. Battalion XO Samuel McLeod and Battalion S1/S5 Tianna Dawkins of Carroll High School rounded out the awards portion of the event.

Baker retook the podium to offer special remarks and to close the ceremony with advice and encouragement for the young cadets.

“I’ve had the privilege of believing in and fighting with America’s youth many years ago. There is no better place than America to love and honor future leaders who believe and hope in themselves,” Baker said.

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