Marine Corps Junior ROTC coming to Kofa High School
April 10, 2012 • Staff
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YUMA, Arizona (April 10, 2012) – Starting in August of 2012, students at Kofa High School will be afforded the opportunity to participate in the United States Marine Corps newest Junior ROTC program. This will be the first Marine Corps-based JROTC unit for the community of Yuma. The program will offer classes that all students are welcome to sign up for. According to the National Director, Dr. Bill McHenry, “The Marine Corps JROTC program reaches far beyond the classroom and into the community in developing character, leadership, and civic responsibility in tens of thousands of America’s students. Marine Corps JROTC at its essence is a character education program. The program keeps kids in school, helps them find their way during the turbulent teenage years, and assists them in becoming productive members of their community.”
Classroom instruction will cover a range of topics from leadership to history and physical fitness. The program will establish a school Color Guard, Drill Team, Marksmanship Team and participate in field trips, community service and physical training.
Recently Kofa’s principal, Ms. Gina Thompson announced, “I am happy and proud to announce that Major Brian M. Bell will be our Senior Marine Instructor (SMI) for the Kofa High School/YUHSD#70 JROTC program. We had many applications and excellent interviews. We believe Major Bell will do great work as we establish our program. In his words, ‘…the JROTC program will be another jewel in the crown for Kofa High School.”
Major Bell is coming to Kofa after more than 20 years as an Active Duty Marine. He served as an enlisted Marine and as an officer in aviation and ground combat units. From 2004-2007 Major Bell and his family lived in Yuma. “During that timeframe we fell in love with the people and community of Yuma and we are thrilled to come back and make it home.” In the weeks ahead the school will hire an additional Marine Instructor (MI) to assist Major Bell with teaching and training duties.
If you are interested in signing up for MCJROTC classes for next year, please see your guidance counselor to have it added to your fall schedule. To find out more about MCJROTC, please visit www.mcjrotc.org.