Under the command of Col. Heber Olguin and SFC Cruz Montanez, La Porte’s JROTC program has qualified to don the prestigious gold star emblem for the next three years, scoring a 97 percent rating during a recent accreditation inspection.
The process included not only an inspection of the cadets’ uniforms and drills, but also a comprehensive review of the group’s continuous improvement plans, individual portfolios, supply procedures and accountability of equipment, among other criteria.
“As you can see the inspection covers a number of areas as any regular organization in the real world or education program goes through,” Olguin said. “The JROTC program emulates a functioning organization with all the different staff such as: human resources, budgeting/resource management, operations, policies, public affairs, information technology, equipping, training and developing leaders to better serve their community.”
The JROTC Program Accreditation is executed by what is known as the Tiger Team from the 5th Brigade in San Antonio. The inspection team is comprised of brigade chiefs and staff, directors of army instruction, instructors and academia, according to Olguin.
The Tiger Team’s charter was to design a comprehensive evaluation program that provides a holistic review of cadets’ and instructors’ performance with emphasis on continuous
Improvements of the JROTC core abilities.
In order to achieve the gold star status, the JROTC had to score at least 95 percent during the inspection.
“The La Porte High School JROTC did an outstanding job and continues to showcase their gold star as a premier program,” Olguin said. “The cadets took the challenge and exceeded the expectation.”
Photo: JROTC cadets march toward their seats on Nov. 10, 2017 at the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Bulldog Stadium.