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     JROTC prepares high school students for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of the benefits of citizenship. Classroom and outside activities, including service learning projects, become opportunities to acquire the knowledge, discipline, and sense of responsibility that is necessary to take charge of ones future. The result is responsible cadets who are sure of themselves, can think on their own, and can express their ideas and opinions clearly and concisely.

Note: JROTC is not a recruiting station.


Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin White


     A veteran artillery officer, Colonel White is a 1982 graduate of Ruskin High School, Kansas City MO. There he lettered in track, basketball, and football. He is a 1987 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a four year letterman on the Army Football Team.

     Most recently the Battalion Commander and professor of Military Science at Wheaton College, LTC White has completed 22 years of service with the Army and retired in 2008. He has seen duty in several stations.

     He has earned a Bachelor's degree in management from West Point, a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology from Indiana University, and an MBA from Webster University.


First Sergeant Robert Cook


     First Sergeant Robert D. Cook joined the JROTC West program in July of 2011. He is a 13Z (field artillery soldier) with the Army and a 63Z (Chemical Specialist) with the National Guard.

     He was most recently the Senior Military Instructor at Bowling Green State University for the Senior ROTC program. First Sergeant Cook has completed 22 years of military service with the Army and National Guard combined.

     First Sergeant Cook is a JROTC Alumn of West Side High School in Gary, IN and is also a graduate of Bowling Green State University.


Sergeant First Class Joselina Pannell


    SFC Pannell enlisted in the US Army in 1980, after attending Basic Training at Fort McClellan Alabama and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, TX; she received her Military Occupation Specialty (MOS), Dental Hygienist-(91E). She was assigned to Fort Leavenworth Kansas Dentac where she served as a Dental Assistant from Sep 1981-Jul 1983. She reassigned to Fort Lewis, Washington and served as a Dental Assistant Jul 1983 to Feb 1984. From Feb-Apr 1984, SFC Pannell successfully completed the 330-X2 Dental Hygiene Course. She returned to Fort Lewis and then reassigned to Camp Humphrey’s Korea Mar 1986, and served as a Dental Hygienist and as NCOIC at Camp Page. She was reassigned to Fort Hood, TX Jul 1987 where she served as a Dental Hygienist. SFC Pannell then returned to an assignment in Korea Aug 1991. She was stationed in Fort McClellan, AL, Aug 1992-1994. SFC Pannell was Honorably Discharged in 1994, after fourteen years of active duty service.


Battalion staff 2016-17

Battalion_Commander,_Reed                       Battalion_XO,_Lazaro                          Battalion,_CSM,_Ruchala 

Battalion Commander                               Battalion XO                                                Battalion CSM

c/LTC Matthew Reed                                c/MAJ Felix Lazaro                                    c/CSM Sydney Ruchala

S1_Siranossian                       S2_Auroni                           S3_Flynn

S1                                                            S2                                                                S3

c/CPT Alyssa Siranossian                      c/CPT Yasmaine Aourani                            c/MAJ Sarah Flynn

S4_Young                       S5_Padilla                          S6_Morales

S4                                                             S5                                                               S6

c/CPT Daiyana Young                              c/CPT Abraham Padilla                             c/CPT Paloma Morales

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