Battalion Events - Fall Semester 2017

Spring Semester 2018

- Silver Spring Memorial Day Ceremony, May 28th.  Five JROTC cadets participated in this ceremony at Willow Mill Park by presenting the wreath, raising the flag, and reading the names of service members on the new memorial bricks.  This moving tribute to service members who have given their lives for our country which also included: a speech about Memorial Day and the playing of Taps.  A "well done" to the cadets who supported the event.

- Monroe Township Memorial Day Celebration, May 28th.  
The cadets presented the colors for this ceremony at Mt Zion Cemetery.  This celebration honored those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and recognized the other veterans in attendance.  The ceremony also included: prayers, patriotic songs, remarks, and the playing of Taps.  A "well done" to the cadets who supported the event. 

- Eagle View Field Day, May 23rd.  
For the third consecutive year, the cadets assisted the event organizers by running new stations that the cadets had developed.  These included an obstacle course, various races, and the tug-of-war. This day-long effort was well-received by the middle school teachers and students.

- CV High School Blood Drive, May 4th.  
The JROTC cadet battalion hosted the spring blood drive for the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank (CPBB) in the Auxiliary Gym during 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  This was the fourteenth semi-annual blood drive supported by the cadet battalion.  During those events, the CPBB has now collected over 900 units (pints) of blood, including 69 pints from 100 registered donors during this blood drive.  Thanks to everyone who worked on the blood drive and especially those who donated blood to help other members of our community.

- Battalion Awards Ceremony, April 24th.  The JROTC battalion conducted a formation and awards ceremony in the Spectator Gym on to recognize cadets who have excelled in academics, leadership, athletics, JROTC duties and activities, and community service during 2nd semester.  Cadets were presented awards from both the JROTC program and several community organizations, including: AUSA, MOAA, VFW, Sons of the American Revolution, National Sojourners, Daughters of the American Revolution, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, and the Military Order of the World Wars.  It was great to see a large number of family members, administrators, and other members of the community in the audience.

- JROTC Military Ball, April 13th.  The 7th Annual CV JROTC Military Ball was a lot of fun for the 112 people who attended.  This dinner and dance was held at the Letort View Community Center on Carlisle Barracks.  Following a social hour, the formal part of the program started with the entry under the saber arch, the presentation of the colors, and a round of toasts.  Attendees settled in to enjoy a delicious dinner which was topped off with a beautiful cake.  The crowd was then treated to the inspiring words of our guest speaker.  Colonel Kardos recognized members of the senior class for their contributions to the program by presenting each of them with a JROTC coin.  After the colors were retired, everyone joined the dance instructors on the ballroom floor and had a great time learning a variety of dances.  Classy, elegant, and fun -- the CV JROTC Military Ball.  We can't wait to do it all again next year!

- Eagle View Musical production, March 16-18.  During the three showings of this year's musical production, the cadets provided ushers to assist in seating the large crowds that came out to watch this very popular show.  

- Battalion Awards Ceremony, February 14th.  The cadet battalion conducted its winter awards ceremony on Feb 14 in the Spectator Gym to recognize cadets' accomplishments in academics, athletics, leadership, competitive teams, and community service.  Our thanks to family members, staff and faculty, and other members of the community who came out to support the cadets.

- Echoes in the Dome, February 3rd.  Approximately 20 cadets assisted the CV High School Band Boosters with running the band competition known as Echoes in the Dome.  The cadets helped with a variety of duties, including: parking, student guides, PAC guides, and judge runners.

- Course Scheduling Night, January 31st.  
During this event, COL Kardos, SFC Vargas, and several cadets were available in the cafeteria to discuss JROTC with parents and students who were interested in the program.  In addition to answering questions, the JROTC team provided pamphlets and other handouts outlining information about the program.

- League 3 Drill Team Competition Champions!  On January 27th, the CV JROTC Drill Team and Color Guard won the annual JROTC League 3 Drill Team Championship for the second year in a row.  Competing in a 10-school field, CV JROTC brought home ten trophies, including: 1st place in the All-Around Drill Team category, 1st place in Color Guard, 1st place in Platoon Inspection, 2nd place in Armed Drill, and 2nd place in Unarmed Drill. The team captains were C/MAJ Hana Youssef (Inspection), C/2LT Michael Fogarty (Color Guard), C/CSM Lauren Bellis (Armed Drill), and C/SSG Kiersten Melder (Unarmed Drill).  Cadet Bellis won the the Commanders Inspection against the drill capatins of the other nine schools.  Cadets Lauren Bellis, Nicholas Tafel, and Michael Fogarty took 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the Knockout competition out of almost 200 cadets.  A "Well Done!" to all team members who worked very hard to achieve these results.

- JROTC Middle School Presentations, January 23, 24, and 25.
  As part of briefings by CVHS Department Leaders, Colonel Kardos presented information about the JROTC program to 8th grade students at Good Hope MS (January 23) and Eagle View MS (January 24).  A team of cadets spoke about JROTC to interested 8th grade students at Good Hope MS on January 24 and at Eagle View MS on January 25.

- Seven-Year Anniversary, January 20th.  The CV JROTC program celebrated its seven-year anniversary.  You can see some of the cadets' accomplishments in the activities listed below.  As always, our focus is on motivating young people to be better citizens, leaders, and students.  We're looking forward to a terrific eighth year!


Fall Semester 2017

- CV High School Blood Drive, December 1.  The JROTC cadet battalion hosted the fall blood drive for the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank (CPBB) in the Eagle Lobby of the high school.  This was the 13th semi-annual blood drive supported by the cadet battalion.  During those events, the CPBB has now collected over 800 units (pints) of blood, including 85 pints during this blood drive.  Thanks to everyone who worked on the blood drive and especially those who donated blood to help other members of our community.

- Harrisburg Holiday Parade, November 18.  Fifty-seven (57) CV JROTC cadets marched in this annual parade that follows a route from City Island through downtown Harrisburg and back. Approximately 80 organizations were scheduled to march in the parade this year, including military units, bands, dance teams, balloons, floats, and a variety of vehicles.  Each year, approximately 10,000 people watch the parade and cheer on the participants.  Photos from the parade can be found at the following website: http://www.pennlive.com/life/2017/11/harrisburg_holiday_parade_2017.html.  

- Veterans Day Events, Nov 10-11.  The cadets supported the following school district and community activities during this period.
     = Color Guard for the Veterans Day Ceremony at Silver Springs Elementary School, Mechanicsburg on Nov 10th.
     = Color Guard for the Veterans Day Ceremony at the Traditions of America community, Mechanicsburg on Nov 11th.
     = Welcoming Veterans at the Applebee's restaurants in Mechanicsburg and Carlisle, on Nov 11th.
     = Flag Detail for the Silver Springs Veterans Day Ceremony at Willow Mill Park, Silver Spring on Nov 11th.

- Battalion Awards Ceremony, October 24th.  The cadet battalion conducted its fall awards ceremony on Oct 24 in the Spectator Gym to recognize cadets' accomplishments in academics, athletics, JROTC duties, and community service.  Our thanks to Mr. Quigley, Mr. Kirkpatrick, family members, staff and faculty, and other members of the community who came out to support the cadets.

- Battalion Awards Ceremony, October 24th.  The cadet battalion conducted its fall awards ceremony in the Spectator Gym to recognize cadets' accomplishments in academics, athletics, JROTC duties, and community service.  Our thanks to Mr. Quigley, Mrs. Baumgardner, family members, staff and faculty, and other members of the community who came out to support the cadets.

- Battalion Dining Out, October 13th.  The cadet battalion held its annual military-style Dining Out at the Letort View Community Center at Carlisle Barracks.  This formal dinner provided cadets and family members the opportunity to get to know each other better and to learn more about the program.  More than 240 people attended this event, which included: the presentation of the colors, toasts, an excellent dinner, remarks from the cadet battalion commander, a slide show presentation, and recitation of the Cadet Creed.  We can't wait to do it again next year!

- Retiree Appreciation Day, Oct 7th. 
 
For the sixth year in a row, CV cadets helped man registration tables and provide directions for many of the almost 700 veterans and spouses who participate in this annual event at Carlisle Barracks.  Attendees visited booths and received briefings concerning current Army War College activities, health benefits, service organizations, and similar topics.

- Echoes in the Valley, Sep 30th.  
The cadets supported this annual competition which is hosted by the CVHS band.  Cadets guided bands to their practice locations, manned booths, passed along judges' scores, helped set up and take down equipment, and more.

- Color Guard for 162d Assault Helicopter Company, Sep 27. 
The color guard presented the colors at the Letort View Community Center for the reunion dinner of soldiers who served with this unit in the Vietnam War. 

- St. Jude 5K Run/Walk in Harrisburg, Sep 23.  
Cadets are providied support to event organizers who raised money for and be supervised by event organizers during 8:15-10:30 AM and/or 10:15-11:30. Cadets will provide their own transportation to the service project location.
  

- Battalion Meeting, September 21.
  
During this meeting, cadets were introduced to members of the chain of command, informed about unit goals and activities for this school year, and got to know each other better.

- Hampden Township Veterans Recognition Committee Golf Outing, September 15.  
The cadets presented the national and state colors at the 7th annual golf outing at Armitage Golf Course.  This event helps to raise money for efforts which recognize the contributions of the military veterans in our community.  The CV band also supported this event.

- Polo Match, June 17.
  
Several cadets supported this annual event, which is hosted by the Eagle Foundation at Hempt Farms in order to raise money for student activities.  Cadets helped guide spectators to parking areas, manned concession stands, sold raffle tickets, and more.  


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