The Alamo Battalion had another successful drill in November. We were thrilled to accept the invitation of VFW Post 4700 to join them in the San Antonio Veterans' Parade and honor San Antonio's veterans. It was a tremendous event.
After the parade, the Battalion regrouped at the NOSC and then traveled to EVO Entertainment for some fun and some history. The fun came at the bowling alley and gaming arcade, and for history the Cadets watched the new "Midway" movie. Thank you to EVO Entertainment and to Post 4700 for a fun a memorable day!
Sunday was a busy day as well. Cadets and Instructors worked on their various assignments for the December Military Ball and ensured that every Cadet's Service Dress Blue uniform and Ribbons are ready to go. The Ball will include the presentation of our annual awards from the Navy League, DAR, SAR and VFW. It will be an educational and fun event for our Cadets and their guests.
Parents and friends of the Alamo Battalion,
Look for us this Saturday, November 9 in the US Military Veterans Parade in downtown San Antonio. Our Cadets will be looking sharp in their blues. Parade step-off is at 1200. We will be marching with VFW Post 4700, who will be sponsoring our Veterans of Foreign Wars Naval Sea Cadet Award for the first time this year. Polish those shoes, Cadets!
Information about the parade is at the link below.
Two of our Cadets, CPO Kobe Mora and PO3 Paul Conroy, participated in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Junior Cadet Accession Program (JCAP). Aggie JCAP is a program for High Schoolers in Junior ROTC, Civil Air Patrol, Young Marines and the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps to experience a day in the Corps of Cadets.
Participation in the JCAP program helps prospective members of the Corps of Cadets learn about life in the Corps and being a college student at Texas A&M University. Cadets stay in the Corps dormitories, eat meals with the Corps, learn about the various scholarship opportunities available to students, and learn the benefits of participating in the premier leadership training experience in Texas. Cadets marched with the Corps to Kyle Field to yell for the Aggies on a beautiful Saturday.
CPO Mora is hoping to be admitted to the Texas A&M School of Public Health, and PO3 Conroy has been accepted to the A&M College of Engineering. Join us in wishing them good luck in their college searches.
Update: Texas A&M has announced their Spring JCAP dates (February 7-8), which are open to high school Juniors and Seniors in Sea Cadets, JROTC, Civil Air Patrol and Young Marines. Click here for details.
Our October drill was another success. The Cadets learned about the Air Force Security Forces at Lackland AFB, and then had some impromptu weapons familiarization from United States Marines of the Fourth Marine Division, Fourth Reconnaissance Battalion. On Sunday morning, our Cadets had the chance to earn their rifle qualification ribbons, and they did an outstanding job. Every Cadet qualified, 11 of our Cadets as Expert, and another four as Sharpshooter. Thank you to our hosts at the USAF Security Forces Museum, the Marines at the San Antonio NOSC and the great people at the Bexar Community Shooting Range.
The Alamo Battalion were privileged to be guests of the National Museum of the Pacific War for the September Drill. Cadets were able to see WW2 era weapons and equipment and tour the world-class museum. Weekend highlights included the adoption of our new unit guidon, and the pinning of new Chief Petty Officer Kobe Mora. Many thanks to our hosts at this wonderful museum.
BZ to PV2 Cooper Dugan for successfully completing Army Basic Combat Training at Ft. Sill. Private Dugan was a Petty Officer Third Class in the Sea Cadets prior to high school graduation earlier this year. He is now back in San Antonio at Fort Sam Houston for Army Combat Medic training. Congratulations, Dugan, and thank you for your service!