JROTC observes training mission


The JROTC from all three local high schools were able to observe a training mission on June 9 at the Camp Branch training site in Logan County.

JROTC Cadets were able to see a C-130 land and go through a safety inspection and then take off.

The Logan Fire Department was on site in case of an accident. The department has received specialized flight training.

The Logan County Commission, with the help of Alpha Coal and Natural Resource Partners, afforded Logan County JROTC Cadets the opportunity to observe a West Virginia Air National Guard training mission at the Camp Branch drop zone on Tues., June 9.

Cadets were able to see a C-130 land and go through a safety inspection and then take off. They also got to witness guardsmen parachute into the drop zone.

When the County Commission was given the opportunity to allow the JROTC Program to attend, Commission President Danny Godby said he felt “it was an opportunity the Commission could not let go by.” Commissioner Danny Ellis and Commissioner Willie Akers wanted to make certain that all three county programs (from Man, Chapmanville and Logan) were in attendance. The Commissioners subsidized making sure school buses were available for all to attend.

Major Richard Ojeda of the JROTC commented that “This was the opportunity of a lifetime for the JROTC Program and the cadets from Logan County.”

The County Commission expresses its appreciation to the WV Air National Guard for allowing the JROTC to attend along with any other parties involved in the event. The Commissioners also want to thank Senators Art Kirkendoll and Ron Stollings for their role in making this event come about.

Photos courtesy Pat Hutchinson of His Image Photography

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