CHAPIN, S.C. (NNS) — Sailors from Navy Information Operations (NIOC) Georgia served as judges for the annual Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) Area Six Championship Drill meet Feb. 22.
Twenty-two Sailors made the two-hour trip on Saturday to participate in this year’s area drill competition.
“Being able to attend these drill events and interact with these high school students is very rewarding,” said Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Joe Obleton. “We are able to influence the future Sailors, Marines, and other service members performing in these events.”
Obleton has served as a judge in more than 50 drill competitions, including the NJROTC nationals in Daytona Beach, Fla. Along with Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) 1st Class Santos Colon, the two are co-coordinators of the NJROTC volunteer events for NIOC Georgia.
This year’s event consisted of teams from 14 high schools. The teams competed in six varieties of drill competitions, academic tests, and athletic contests. Sailors judged the high school NJROTC participants on uniform wear, level of knowledge, and marching skills in color guard, unarmed drill and armed drill.
Although the students were being judged on their performance the Sailors focused on setting an example for these high school students and leaving a lasting impression on them.
“If we are going to judge these young men and women on their appearance, then we should look outstanding,” said Colon, co-coordinator of NIOC Georgia’s judges. “We are ambassadors for the Navy and our command.”
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