In a ceremony full of pomp and circumstance, more than 100 Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets were commissioned on Tuesday, May 11 at the Kingwood High School football stadium. In attendance were representatives from Humble ISD Dr. Cecilia Hawkins, deputy superintendent, who stood in for Superintendent Guy Sconzo, school board president Dan Huberty, who gave the opening remarks, and school board trustee Robert Scarfo. Representing Congressman Ted Poe was Kim Brode, who presented the commissioned class with a flag that had been flown over the capitol at Poe’s request. Other dignitaries included U.S. Navy Commander Ret. Michael Hale who presented the commissioning pennant, and national hero U.S . Navy Captain Jeffrey Gruetzmacher, who made closing remarks. The heart of the ceremony was the presentation of the commissioning pennant. The commissioning pennant indicates that the command has been prepared and has completed the rigorous process of training and preparation to become an integral part of the overall structure that governs the United States Navy. In opening remarks, Huberty spoke to the cadets about the importance of leadership. “In life, you have to be willing to take risks and you have to lead. You have to focus on working and living with integrity and respect for others. That’s really important,” said Huberty. “Be confident in yourself and your abilities. People will tell you you’re wrong and how you deal with that will build you up or tear you down. You are going to have criticism in your life but how you deal with criticism is what makes you a successful leader.” Part of the mission of the Naval JROTC is to “instill citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment.” Senior vaval science instructor Lt. Commander Gregory Boucher, USN-RET, and naval science instructor NCCM Damond Banks, USN-RET are the two in charge of the program at KHS. “Having a big part in making this dream a reality, with a lot of hard work - it didn’t just happen,” said Gruetzmacher. “Today you are the state of Texas’ newest Navy Junior ROTC unit, so welcome aboard to the big family.” Photos: (Top) The parading of the colors by Naval Junior ROTC cadets from Kingwood High School. (Bottom) KHS Principal Melissa Hayhurst; Humble ISD School Board President, Dan Huberty; Dr. Cecilia Hawkins, Humble ISD Deputy Superintendent; Lt. Commander Gregory Boucher, Commander Michael Hale, and Captain Jeffrey Gruetzmacher. Photos by Cheryl “CJ” Johnson

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