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Oak Ridge High School and Regional NJROTC present colors at Smokies Stadium

A member of the Oak Ridge NJROTC presents the United States flag, left and right of rifle holders.
Earlier this month, cadets from six East Tennessee JROTC programs attended a Smokies baseball game in Kodak, TN, the Double-A Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. The event, coordinated by Oak Ridge High School NJROTC, is meant to promote comraderie between regional JROTC programs.

However, some cadets also participated in a joint color guard prior to the first pitch.

The color guard consisted of two rifle bearers, the U.S., Tennessee and POW/MIA flags, along with flags of each of the branches of the military, to include the Coast Guard, Army National Guard, and Air National Guard.

The following schools were represented in the color guard:

• Oak Ridge NJROTC – United States flag, left and right rifle.

• Cocke County NJROTC – Tennessee State flag

• Army – Jefferson County AJROTC

• Marine Corps – Daniel Boone MCJROTC

• Navy – Anderson County NJROTC

• Air Force – Heritage AFJROTC

• Space Force – Heritage AFJROTC

• Army National Guard – Daniel Boone MCJROTC

• Air National Guard – Bearden NJROTC

• Coast Guard – Bearden NJROTC

• POW/MIA – Heritage AFJROTC

“These cadets did a remarkable job of representing our great nation, state, and every branch of our military and their schools,” said Chief Ryan L. Nicholls, naval science instructor at Oak Ridge High School.

“I would like to thank the 170 cadets, parents and instructors who came out for this event and made it such an enjoyable time for all.”