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Commander Mike Mullen visits Guthrie Center's Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC)


Commander Mullen, Navy Area Manager, visited with approximately 84 NJROTC cadets, reviewing their work and acknowledging their commitment to excellence during an annual military inspection. The inspection is meticulous and something the cadets work toward all year long.

The public event is hosted annually by the Guthrie NJROTC Senior Naval Science Instructor, Commander Jerry Coufal, and the school principal, Joe Kolenda. 

The district's program is one of 26 Career and Technical Education program options available to students in Spring Branch ISD. Activities during the visit included:

  • A personnel inspection
  • A color guard pass in review parade
  • An awards ceremony and briefing by the senior cadet staff on their accomplishments and goals for the future
  • A detailed administrative inspection

"The purpose of the class is to develop better citizens of the United States," said Cadet Oscar Morales. "The majority of our cadets do not go into the military, but they take other aspects of the class and use it in civilian life." Morales, a Cadet Lieutenant Commander of the NJROTC program and Memorial High School senior, was awarded a full-ride scholarship to Texas A&M from the U.S. Navy earlier this year.

"You come in here, and you learn something new every day," said Cadet Jem Flowers. "It's awesome." Students from all backgrounds have an opportunity to learn about leadership, managing time, stress, and priorities as part of the program's curriculum. "We're developing good citizens," Mullen said. 

To learn more about the NJROTC program or any Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses available in Spring Branch ISD, visit the CTE website

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