Magazine article Warrior - Citizen

KEEPING IN STEP: ARMY RESERVE NCOs JUDGE FUTURE LEADERS

Magazine article Warrior - Citizen

KEEPING IN STEP: ARMY RESERVE NCOs JUDGE FUTURE LEADERS

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ATLANTA - Army Reserve Master Sgt Israel Sánchez slowly walked the line and stopped in front of a male cadet.

"Your sideburns are too long, you need to trim those up," he said.

As he continued through the ranks, Sánchez verbally made observations ensuring that each cadet knew how to fix discrepancies on their uniforms and appearance before their next competition.

Sánchez was one of seven NCOs from Headquarters, U.S. Army Reserve Command who participated as judges at the Georgia Area 6 Army Junior ROTC drill ream and color guard meet held on Feb. 20, 2010.

The area competition is just one of eight held statewide. According to retired Command Sgt. Maj. Edward Smith, the winners in each of the categories advance to the state meet held later this year.

Smith, the operations sergeant major for the Atlanta Public Schools JROTC program, said the Army Reserve involvement was a key component to the success of the drill meet.

"It enhances the competition," he said. "It gives the cadets a chance to see these citizen Soldiers who are willing EO come out and share their knowledge with them."

Army JROTC programs from 14 high schools throughout the Atlanta metro area competed in the event. In addition Co uniform inspections, the USARC NCOs evaluated the cadets in color guard, armed and unarmed drills, and a freestylearmed drill event with a squad-sised element.

"You get to see the next generation moving up," said Master Sgt. Libby Lipscomb, a member of the USARC Honor Guard team. "They're going to be taking our places one day."

For one of these future Soldiers, it meant a great deal to him to have these Citizen Soldiers watching his twit's every move.

"They help us out a lot," said Cadet 1st Sgt. Perry Henderson, a junior from Griffin High School. …

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