Air Force JROTC receives a visit from Congressman Lance

Recently the Air Force JROTC students received a visit from Congressman Lance to discuss the nomination process for entrance into any of the United States military academies. Several of the cadets may consider military careers, and a few who graduated last year are indeed at military academies. The talk with the congressman was also open to other students interested in pursuing a career in the military, and approximately a dozen of those students were in attendance as well.

The AFJROTC cadets had several opportunities over the inaugural years of the program to learn about service, often volunteering their time at Turkey Brook Park, running a fantastic and emotional Memorial Day assembly, and participating in educational trips, such as the one to Fort McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst last year.

At the assembly with Congressman Lance, the congressman explained the nomination process, took questions about the process, and then opened the questions to other topics of interest to the students.

Chief Master Sergeant Bedell, the AFJROTC instructor, said, "The students asked at least a dozen solid questions from the Congressman's view on the electoral college and if he thought it was outdated to immigration, the 2nd amendment, school violence, and the like."

Chief Bedell went on to say, "The dialogue between the Congressman and the students was so good we allowed it to continue an additional 20 minutes and had to finally cut it off due to time constraints."

Prior to the presentation, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Gabby Mann provided Congressman Lance with an overview of Mount Olive High School's AFJROTC program. Mann said, "He was very thorough in explaining how to actually receive a nomination from a eligible person. Although the process seems very intimidating, Congressman Lance made anyone interested feel welcomed into the process."

Mann further went on to reiterate the process, saying, "First, you would have to apply to the office with grades, test scores, extracurriculars and so on, very similar to that of a college application. Then, if you were accepted, you would set your date for an interview with a chosen board member. Finally, if you were chosen, your nomination would be sent to the chosen academy."

Cadet Captain Charlotte Crithary, who also attended the talk, said, "I thought the Congressman's advice for how to apply and be able to get the scholarship for getting into the Air Force Academy was very helpful for those who want to apply. He told everyone that there are certain requirements for it and you have to be able to get through an interview and answer questions such as, 'Why do you want to get into the Air Force Academy?'"

Overall Chief Bedell was hoping the students "would walk away with understanding the nomination process for the academies, as well as some practical experience in properly addressing an adult in a professional manner."

Posing with Congressman Lance are Chief Bedell, Mrs. Rhonda Cohen of the Board of Education, Mr. Rob Feltmann of Guidance, and Mr. Kevin Stansberry, MOHS Principal.

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