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Marines from the base prepare to examine more than 140 Westover High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Cadets during an annual inspection at the school recently.

Photo by Joycelyn Biggs

Cadets gain mission capable status

16 Mar 2016 | Joycelyn Biggs Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany

More than 140 Westover High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Course cadets in Albany, Georgia completed an annual inspection at the school, recently.

Lt. Col. Don Mills Sr., senior Marine instructor, MCJROTC, WHS, said students were meticulously analyzed by augmented Marines from Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany and Marine Corps Logistics Command.

The cadets’ goal was to attain a mission capable rating according to Mills.

During the process, students were drilled with questions about the chain of command, military history, rank and leadership.

“Who is the Commandant of the Marine Corps?” Gunnery Sgt. Tony Robinson, inventory manager, LOGCOM, asked a cadet. Robinson explained he allows questions during the survey as well.

“A lot of these children may have ideas about the Marine Corps that may or may not be accurate,” Robinson said. “This is a good opportunity for them to get correct answers to any questions they have.”

While speaking to the students, Marines also examined their physical appearance as part of the evaluation. No details were overlooked as the length of trousers, placement of rank and even the appearance of hands was scrutinized.

 “There were some kids that I could easily take, place them next to an active duty Marine and you would not be able to tell the difference,” he said. “Most of them were really on point.”

Col. Chuck Delair, director, Region Two, MCJROTC, praised the children on their performance during the audit.

“They are doing real well,” Delair said of the cadets after listening to portions of the inspection. He also gave accolades to the Marines from the installation.

“We get a lot of support from the base out here and they are great,” he said. “If I had to do this by myself it would take an enormous amount of time, so I am very grateful (the Marines) are so willing to assist us.”

After Delair completed an intensive review of information from the inspection, the cadets achieved their goal with a mission capable rating.

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