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Owen HS ROTC Program Prepares for Life, Commemorates Veterans Day
Posted on 11/10/2020
Owen HS ROTC Program Prepares You For Life: 
At Owen, Garland teaches Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) classes alongside senior Army Instructor and Lieutenant Colonel, Brook King. Their aim is simple: to motivate young people to be better citizens, whatever their futures may hold. Wednesday’s activities at the memorial underscored their lessons about our nation’s history and honoring those who serve. In class, students also learn practical financial, health and fitness, first-aid, teamwork, leadership, public speaking, and employment skills.

“If they go through our program through the course of high school, they’re prepared for pretty much anything that comes at them,” Garland said. “We’re setting them up for success.”

Owen High Army JROTC Cadets Stand in Remembrance
on Nov. 18 at a stone Vietnam Memorial in front of their school. The students gathered to honor ten Warhorses who gave their lives during the Vietnam War, as well as fallen Fayetteville Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CW3) Dallas Gearld Garza, whose Army helicopter crashed on Nov. 12 in Egypt. The flags flew at half-mast in Garza’s memory.


“We use the memorial as an opportunity to talk about sacrifice, how we got here, and what we have,” said JROTC Army Instructor and Sergeant First Class (Ret.) Jeffrey Garland. “There are ten names inside the horseshoe and each

See News Link For Details on the ROTC Program & Their Initiatives To Honor our Veterans: BCS NEWS LINK
 
Owen's ROTC organized a zoom interview with 4  local veterans; Matt Marlowe, Michael Ogus, Thoedore Horan, and Christian Leonbacher. 

The panel was moderated by C/ 2LT Robert Branmnock and C / SSG Katelyn Hieber. The questions came from Owen JROTC cadets and our social studies students.

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Owen HS' veteran staff also shared their experience in the military.
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Our ROTC instructor, Sergeant Garland, hosted a zoom presentation with veterans from the North Carolina State Veterans Home here in Black Mountain, where veterans shared their experiences with Owen HS students.

Owen HS sincerely thanks our veterans for sharing their stories and knowledge with our students.