19th Annual Pass in Review Showcases District's AFJROTC CadetsÂ
More than 800 cadets representing CFISD’s 12 comprehensive high schools and nine JROTC units displayed their discipline and uniformity at the district’s 19th Annual Air Force Junior ROTC Pass in Review, held March 25 at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium.
The Pass in Review is a longstanding military tradition designed to display the readiness of troops and their units to a newly assigned commander. Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent of schools, served as the reviewing official. Among those in attendance were family members of the cadets, Board of Trustees members and campus and district administrators.
Two additional distinguished guests were Col. Johnny McGonigal, Air Force JROTC director, and Bruce Kennedy, Air Force JROTC regional director.
“Just to be invited here and be part of this ceremony has been the highlight of my year so far in this job,” said McGonigal, who is in his second year as director. “I got chills right off the bat as soon as they started marching and didn’t stop throughout the entire ceremony. I don’t get these opportunities very often so to get out here was a very special occasion for me.”
The ceremony is unique in that the annual Pass in Review is the only time every cadet from across CFISD is together.
“Having the units come together, starting from basic learning to where they’re at today has been a wonderful experience,” said Senior Master Sgt. Faye Hardy, Jersey Village aerospace science instructor. “This means not only the world to me but to the students.”
Jersey Village High School AFJROTC Unit TX-20017 served as the host school for the Pass in Review. The school’s unit is led by Hardy and Jersey Village senior Dwayne Sloan served as the commander of troops.
“We don’t always get big crowds at our events or if we do, it’s people who know what we do,” Sloan said. “So having people—complete strangers—and veterans come here, see us perform and support us is amazing.”
Added Hardy: “They’re putting the work in, and they want the community to come out and see what they do, what they’ve been learning and the challenges they’re overcoming. I’m delighted at how well they came together.”
Source: Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
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