JROTC Cadets, MREs and the 2019 DoD Warrior Games



This year’s DoD SOCOM Warrior Games were held June 21-28, 2019,  in the  Tampa Bay area. AUSA Suncoast Chapter partnered with Area 9 JROTC headed by COL Samuel T. Taylor III, ( r ), JROTC District Resource Teacher and Director of Army Instruction to support these  special athletes and games.

Cadets from four local Tampa Bay high school JROTC Programs: Strawberry Crest HS, Brandon HS, Plant City HS and Steinbrenner HS supported the games in a number of ways. Several cadets were asked to volunteer at the games, others attended in support by cheering in the grandstands.  For their attendance and spirit of volunteerism, the JROTC Cadets enjoyed a hearty meal of MREs donated by Ken Lester, Jr. of MRE  Star.

Many thanks to JROTC SAIs Brandon HS LTC D. Gunn ( r ), Plant City HS  COL R. Tucker ( r ), Strawberry Crest HS LTC J. Ingraham ( r ), Steinbrenner HS CW4 K. Engrasser ( r ) for their leadership working with  the cadets and their participation of the 2019 Warrior Games.

Submitted by Toni Gross
AUSA Suncoast