The Lakeview High School Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) cadet corps graduated five freshman cadets from the 2017 AFJROTC Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) conducted June 10-17 at the University of Louisiana in Monroe. The course included over 180 cadets from 18 high schools representing Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Lakeview’s AFJROTC Instructors, Major (Ret) Bob Kellogg and TSgt (Ret) Kenny Minchew, and two Lakeview AFJROTC Junior Cadet Training Officers, Cadet Major Haley Garrison and Cadet 1Lt Mason Harper were part of the training cadre during the 7-day in-residence course. This year’s course marked the 43rd year the Bossier Parish School Board has hosted this course.
The curriculum and training allowed each cadet to develop their potential as an effective leader and team member. Lakeview Cadets Chayton Friday, Joshua Graham, Salem Johnson, Anna Smith, and Nicholas Wiggins received 90 hours of Aerospace Science instruction and 30 hours of Military Leadership training. Academic seminars included goal setting, orienteering, and principles of flight.
In addition to the academic instruction, the cadets also competed in drill competitions, physical fitness, flight challenges, a water survival practical exercise, the Camp Minden obstacle course, rappelling, archery, a ropes course, and an orienteering competition. The cadets also participated in a day-long career day and open house at Barksdale Air Force Base and visited the replica Vietnam War Memorial that was on display in Bossier City. The course concluded with a formal parade and graduation/awards ceremony.