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ROTC program training for the future
San Jacinto News- Times - November 2008
COLDSPRING – Coldspring-Oakhurst High School’s Air Force Junior Reserve Offi cers Training Corps (JROTC) is teaching the importance of values such as citizenship, self-esteem, self-respect, service to the community and personal, family and social responsibility to 55 students enrolled in the program this year. Under the supervision of Lieutenant Colonel Bradley Keane, students have taken on a number of upcoming community events, including a Halloween safety program for young students and helping out with a fund raising event for the Boys & Girls Club of San Jacinto County. The Halloween safety program was presented to 385 Coldspring Intermediate students Tuesday, teaching them safety habits while celebrating the annual event. On Oct. 30, JROTC students will serve food during a Boys & Girls Club fund raising event at Lincoln Junior High School. Following the event they will help with cleaning, according to Keane. Keane, a retired U.S. Air Force offi cer, is employed with the Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District as their Senior Aerospace Science Instructor as well as their Air Force JROTC program head. On Nov. 8, he will be accompanying the students to C.E. King High School where they will compete for the fi rst time during an invitational drill meet. On Nov. 17, an all day fi eld trip to Johnson Space Center, Houston, is planned. The aerospace science course schedule includes studies on elements of a space mission, entering space, organizing the Air Force for space operations, the space environment and spacecraft, living and working in space, orbits and trajectories with orbital motion, orbit changes, ballistic missiles and getting into orbit with intercontinental ballistic missiles, launch windows and times, manned space exploration, Soviet manned space program and much more. Students are required to wear their uniforms once a week – on Thursdays – during the academic year. There is no cost for the issue of the uniforms. Most of the expenses associated with the program, such as attending the Military Ball, Summer Leadership School and field trips to NASA, drill meet competitions and Air Force base visits are partially paid for through Air Force JROTC funding sources. For those who join the JROTC college scholarships are offered.