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GISD Liberty Battalion Completed Annual Military Inspection
Held at East View High School on March 9
The Liberty Battalion Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) underwent its Annual Military Inspection (AMI) on Tuesday, March 9, led by Captain Jeff Carlson.The AMI is a Navy inspection conducted on every unit in the country. This year’s senior inspector was Captain Jeff Carlson of San Saba, Texas. He led a team of inspectors made up of local Army, and Navy recruiters. The final report will be available soon.
Captain Craig Anthony is the NJROTC Senior Naval Science Instructor for the GISD Navy JROTC program . He is a 26 year veteran of the Navy, who commissioned through the Navy ROTC program at the University of Texas at Austin. He served as a Surface Warfare Officer and commanded the Navy ship, USS HARPERS FERRY (LSD 49), forward deployed in Sasebo Japan. According to him, the AMI is one of the most important events of the year for Liberty Battalion.
“AMI takes a great deal of planning and hardwork. It is a stressful and challenging event, especially for our senior cadets who plan and lead all the efforts. I’m so proud of our cadets,” Captain Anthony said. “Despite the many challenges they have faced over the past year, they entered AMI well-prepared. Everyone was on top of their game! The inspectors were extremely impressed!”
The AMI is an all-day event and the nine platoons within Liberty Battalion were evaluated in several areas. They were graded on military bearing, academics, platoon drills, and Pass In Review. The best platoon earns the coveted Honor Platoon Award. This year’s Honor was earned by the Golf platoon. The Honor Platoon Commander is Cadet Elliot Foran, and the platoon Guide is Cadet Cody Ellis.
Bravo Zulu is a Navy accolade bestowed upon someone who has done an outstanding job. The Battalion received the Bravo Zulu award for its overall performance during the graded portions of the AMI. These areas include:
- Personnel inspection (uniforms and cadet knowledge)
- Platoon Drill
- Ceremonial Program
- Senior Staff Briefing to the Area Manager
- A full inspection of all administration and supply records and reports as presented by the cadets
“It was a lot of hard work, but the hard work paid off,” Chief Charles Gooseby, Naval Science, said.
Only 12 cadets received Bravo Zulu medals during the ceremony. They were selected based on their performance during the personnel inspection and drill phase of the AMI. These were the top cadets in the battalion:
Cadets Nick Liveris, April Esparza, Gavin Galaviz, Kelly Ortiz, Cody Paddock, Christian Smith, Jeremy Brown, Alec Corpron, Matthew Peterson, Logan Ellis, and Genesis Torres.
“Congratulations are in order for these ‘best of the best’ performers,” Chief James Bowman, Naval Science Instructor said.
While over 200 students applied, there are only 153 cadets currently in the program.
“As the program grows, we are very selective in who will wear the uniform for Georgetown ISD,” Captain Anthony said.
Visit our website for more information about our NJROTC program.
Check out photos from the event.