S: TIger Battalion
FC: Tiger Battalion
1: Over View: The Army JROTC Program emphasizes character education, student achievement, wellness, leadership, and diversity. It is a cooperative effort on the part of the military services and host institutions to produce successful students and citizens, while fostering in each school a more constructive and disciplined learning environment. JROTC makes substantial contributions to students, schools, and communities which benefit greatly from its presence. Background: Title 10 United States Code, Section 2031 is the implementing authority. Legislated in 1916-Army only- Congress expanded to all Services and changed from active duty to shared support from the services and schools. JROTC is the Department of Defense's largest youth development program in our secondary schools. Army JROTC has over 281,000 students.
2: Mission: “To Motivate Young People to Be Better Citizens” Goals: Develop citizenship, character, and leadership Communicate effectively Improve physical fitness Live drug-free Strengthen positive self-motivation/esteem Learn the historical perspective of military service Work as team members Graduate and pursue meaningful careers
3: Every year our Tiger Battalion collaborates with the Merritt Island Mustang Battalion to clean up two miles of our beach. Each Battalion covers one mile of the beach while picking up trash left behind by the previous inhabitants. After we are done, we interact with the Mustang Battalion while eating lunch. Our Battalion Commander, Cadet Colonel Kalob Vaughn, said, “We had a really great turnout this year. I think this is the most Cadets we’ve had in a very long time.“ 107 Cadets participated in this event and each received a Certificate of Completion,four community service hours, a ribbon to wear on their uniform, a t-shirt provided by Keep Brevard Beautiful, 25 merits, and an extra credit grade of 100. | Beach Clean Up
4: A group of Cadets having fun while they wait to begin their walk down the beach.
6: Every LET 1 Cadet is required to do promotion board to determine what rank they qualify for. The board consists of 3 high ranking Commanders or Staff members who ask the Cadets questions and judge their appearance, as well as their military bearing. The Cadets must report in to the president of the board (as seen on the left) and must sit at a form of attention (as seen below). | Promotion Board
7: Cadet Command Sergeant Major Kyle Phillips, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Paul Prokopy, and Cadet First Lieutenant Ian Humphries use their many years of knowledge to evaluate Cadets and determine their ranks.
8: Cadet 1st Lieutenant Christopher Sherman helps prepare Cadets before they go in for their turn to do promotion board. | A Cadet standing at attention, about to report to the President of the Board.
10: Massing of the Colors | The Brevard Community College annual Massing of the Colors is held on Veterans Day. This ceremony is used to honor Veterans, as well as present our support of the servicemen and women. We participate in this ceremony along side veterans within our community.
12: Cadet Staff Sergeant Jessica Kerney and Cadet Corporal Saadia Bendagha smile for a picture during our Massing of the colors ceremony.
14: For this event, our Battalion works with the Brevard Sharing Center and many Boy Scout troops throughout Brevard County in order to collect canned goods to give to the Sharing center. This starts many weeks before the actual day of this event. Each of our Companies work to bring in the most cans so that they can beat the other Companies and win a pizza party. Cadet Staff Sergeant Tiara Carroll brought in over 100 cans for Delta Company which helped them win the pizza party. After we collect our cans we work with the Brevard Sharing Center as the Boy Scout troops bring in the cans they collected. We unload, count, sort, and pack up the cans brought by the Boy Scouts. We must also count how many cans each separate troop collected for their own competition that they have. | These pictures show our outstanding Cadets using teamwork to help their community while still having a good time. | Boy Scout Canned Food Drive
17: On December 10, 2011, our Color Guard led our Battalion through the streets of Cocoa and Rockledge for the annual Holiday Hometown Parade. Our Cadets marched along side many organizations throughout Cocoa and Rockledge to celebrate the Holiday season. Everyone cheered as they saw our Color Guard marching down the street, followed by a group of Cadets so good they had to be the Tiger Battalion. | Cadet Command Sergeant Major Kyle Phillips calls cadence to keep our Cadets in step . | Holiday Hometown Parade
18: This is one of the most exciting nights for many of our Cadets. We collaborate with the Mustang Battalion to create a memorable night filled with dancing, karaoke, socializing, and the crowning of three Princesses, a Queen, and a King for each Battalion. Our King this year was Cadet Colonel Kalob Vaughn and our Queen was Cadet Major Katee Hiatt. | Our Cadets and their dates laugh and show off their moves as the night carries on. | Military Ball
19: Two of our Princesses, Cadets Dorfman and Watkins, and our Queen of the ball, Cadet Katee Hiatt, waiting to hear who this years King will be.
21: Navy Assault Ship Tour | For the first time ever Cadets got the chance to visit a U.S Navel vessel named the U.S.S Ponce. The U.S.S Ponce sailed into port for a tour to JROTC, ROTC, and civilian tours as a grand “hurrah” in honor of its retirement and decommissioning. Cadets that went were LET 3 and 4 level Cadets and they saw the armed vehicles, the hover craft, and the deck – where cadets got to play with the big guns - cadets also saw the two boats on the Ponce.
22: Cadet Second Lieutenant Wilber Ortiz tries to look tough while having his picture taken in front of a Marine Corps LAV-25.
23: Some of our fine Cadets enjoying the Navy Tour.
24: This year, our Cadets had the opportunity to visit Patrick Air Force Base. They toured the Explosive Ordnance Devision, the Fire Station, and of course the world class dining facility. The Cadets that had the chance to go were Cadets that showed increased effort in their JROTC positions. | ---------------> Kalob Vaughn and David Prior pose for a picture with E.O.D decommissioned bomb. | P.A.F.B. TOUR
27: Awards Day | Every year we reward our best Cadets by presenting them with awards at our Awards Day ceremony we have every year. The awards range from academic awards to physical fitness awards to leadership awards. The Cadets awarded are done so because of their potential and the work and effort they contribute to the Battalion each and every day. We do this to show our appreciation for their hard work and we also hope it encourages other Cadets to participate in the Battalion so they can also receive an award. Congratulations to each and every one of our Cadets who received an award!
29: Many dedicated Cadets helped their community by attending the Postal Workers' Food Drive on Saturday May 12, 2012. We collaborated with the US Postal Office and the Brevard Sharing Center to collect, sort, and package canned goods for less fortunate members of our community. Cadets who participated received an extra credit grade of 100, 25 merits, and the satisfaction of helping to better the Cocoa community. | Postal Workers' Food Drive
31: Change of Command | This year’s Change of Command Ceremony took place on May 9th of 2012 in which Cadet Colonel Kalob Vaughn and his staff physically passed on the responsibility of the Tiger Battalion to the Battalion Commander Select Cadet 1st Lieutenant Brianna Bowling. In the ceremony each company had the chance to win Best Company Drill (Bravo), Company of the year (Alpha), and the Spirit Streamer (Echo). A special medal was also awarded to Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Wilbur Ortiz for his outstanding dedication to the Tiger Battalion this year. This is the last Wednesday that Cadets have to wear their uniforms, so as you can imagine all of them were quite sad.
35: Our Honor Guard consists of both our Color Guard and Saber Guard. The Color Guard carry the flags and the rifles while our Saber guard carry Sabers. The Honor Guard performs at ceremonies and other events, such as graduation, football games, pep rallies, lead our Battalion in parades, and other school related functions. Our female commander Cadet Major Katee Hiatt says, "I'm so proud of our Honor Guard this year. Our Cadets showed up to every event and were respectful and loyal to this team." | Honor Guard
36: Cadets Davila, Thompson, Rolands, and Alford present the Colors at a football game.
37: Pictures of our Honor Guard at various events.
39: Our Color Guard prepares to show the Colors at a football game.
40: Raider Team
41: This year we had a very successful Raider Team. We had over 40 cadets participate on the team, making this the biggest special team in our Tiger Battalion. Our first competition was at Viera High School on October 1, 2011, where our Male Team One placed in the following individual events 1st place HMMWV Pull, 1st place Team Run, 2nd place Academic Bowl, 2nd place One Rope Bridge, 2nd place Cross Country Rescue and overall place 1st. At the Rockledge Raider Meet on October 29, 2011 our Male Team One placed in the following events 1st in the Team Run, 2nd in the Cross Country Rescue, and 3rd in the Academic Bowl. Taking 2nd place overall. Our Mixed Team placed in the following individual events 2nd in the Cross Country Rescue, 2nd in the Team Run, and 2nd in the Academic Bowl; which lead to them taking 3rd overall. Our last competition was at the South Fork Qualifier Meet on November 19, 2011, where our cadets did the best they have ever done. The Male Team One placed in the following individual events, 3rd in the Cross Country Rescue and 3rd in One Rope. These placements allowed for the Male Team One to take 4th place overall out of 19 schools. The Mixed Team placed 2nd in the One Rope Bridge and 3rd in the Team Run. This allowed them to also take 4th place overall. This season was just a stepping stone to what will come next year, when our teams will take state.
42: On the left: Cadets show teamwork in helping each other over a wall. On the right: Cadet Chris Johnson is doing push ups for the physical fitness test.
43: Our Battalion Commander, Cadet Colonel Kalob Vaughn, graciously accepting a trophy for his team.
45: Our first Raider Team Competition was a huge success this year, the biggest accomplishment being our 1st Male team earning 1st place overall. The team, led by Cadet Colonel Kalob Vaughn, was thrilled to have won this first meet in hopes that it was a preview of what the rest of the year would hold. Our Male 2 team was also successful in scoring 3rd place overall. Congratulations to those teams and all of our other teams that participated in this competition. | Viera Raider Meet
48: Our Raider team poses for a picture after a long and tiring day of proving that they're the best of the best.
50: Rifle Team | Our Rifle Team worked very hard this year to help prove that our Battalion is the best in every area of the program. These select Cadets compete against other Battalions' teams to gain the highest combined score in marksmanship. They must shoot in three positions (standing, kneeling, and prone) alongside the team they're competing. Cadet 1st Lieutenant Brianna Bowling was the varsity captain this year and was very proud of her team's success.
52: A first year Cadet that makes the decision to join JROTC will take on one of the best courses a student can take. Many people believe that our program frames students for future military careers, this is not our goal. Our goal is to use a structured environment and military values to ensure our Cadets not only learn skills not often taught, but also to teach them respect. This year, our Battalion succeeded in gaining the title of an Honor Unit with Distinction; this is the highest designation a Unit can receive. Our raider team took home more trophies this year then in the past two years combined and our drill team won many trophies in the exhibition devision of the meets. Our Mission: "To motivate young people to be better citizens." Tiger Pride! | Cadet Life
65: In the picture above, David Brubaker from the Brevard Sharing Center is giving a presentation during Charlie Company about the Center and its effect on the community. He is also presenting our Cadets with opportunities for community service hours, as well as the satisfaction of helping out our community.
66: Austin Barrentine LET 4 Graduating Senior.
67: Katee Hiatt LET 4 Graduating Senior Going to college to be a pharmacist.
68: Michael Murkerson LET 4 Graduating Senior Enlisted into the United States Marine Corps
69: Kyle Phillips LET 4 Graduating Senior Enlisted into the United States Army
70: Paul Prokopy LET 4 Graduating Senior Enlisted into the United States Army
71: Christopher Sherman LET 4 Graduating Senior Enlisted into the United States Army
72: Kalob Vaughn LET 4 Graduating Senior Enlisted into the United States Marine Corps
73: Timothy Bunting LET 4 Graduating Senior Enlisted into the United States Marine Corps
74: Chain of Command | Battalion Commander Kalob Vaughn | Executive Officer Paul Prokopy | Battalion Sergeant Major Kyle Phillips
75: Battalion Staff | Adjutant Officer Operations Officer Logistics Officer Public Affairs Officer Katee Haitt Jessica Kerney Jarvis Thompson Brianna Bowling | Communications Officer John Badore
76: ABLES | ALTIZER | BADORE | BARRENTINE | BEAUREGARD | BENDAGHA | BERNARD BIZARDI BLOW BOWLING BOWMAN BROWN | BUNTTING CAMPBELL CARPENTER CARROLL CARROLL CASTETTER
77: COATS COFFEY CONANT COWART DAVILA DE JESUS | DEAN DECKER DORFMAN DURSO ELLIS EVANS | FAUBION FLORES FRANZ GETTLEMEN GIESEY GIRDLER
78: GONZALES GRAHAM GRANT GREEN HADLEY HAHN | HENNES HENRY HERNANDEZ HIATT HIATT HILL | HOSE HUMPHRIES JABBOUR JACKSON JAMES JOHNSON
79: JOHNSON JOHNSON JONES JONES KERNEY KINDRED | KING KINGNOI KIRKLAND KLEIMAN KONECSHI LEWIS | LINEN LOPEZ LOPEZ LOPEZ LORENZANA LUEBKE
80: MARAVILLA MARCHMAN MARECK MCLAUGHLIN MEEHAN MILLER | MITCHNER MOORE MORGAN MURKERSON NEWTON NORAT | ORTEGA ORTIZ OWENS PALMIERI PANEK PARADIS
81: PARDON PAYNE PELECHATZ PETERSON PEUHS PHILLIPS | PRATT PRIOR PROKOPY REWIS RHYNES RINTELMANN | ROLANDS RONQUILLO ROSE ROWE SAPP SEAMANS
82: SELLERS SIMMONS SIMMONS SMITH SMITH SMITH | SMITH STABLER STEPHENS STRABELY STROMAN STUBBS | SUTHERLAND TABOLT TANNER TAYLOR-HYMAN THOMPSON THORTON
83: TILLOTSON TOGNACI TURNER TUNER TUTTLE VAUGHN | WALLECE WAMPLER WASHINGTON WATKINS WEBB WELLS | WELLS WILLIAMS WILLIAMS WILLIAMS WILLIAMS WILSON
84: WOODS WRIGHT WRIGHT ZEPEDA