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Commandant’s Corner - March 20th, 2017
Greetings Seahawk Nation!
Happy first day of Spring! Seems weird to say that with snow on the ground, but who are
we to argue with Mother Nature? We have a busy week at DMA so let’s get into it.
The DMA Corps of Cadets participated in their Annual Area 4-unit inspection this past
Thursday and Friday. On Thursday the cadets all stood a personnel inspection. This is
where the inspectors inspect each cadet’s uniform, knowledge and overall military
bearing. The inspector was Colonel Trunzo from the Delaware National Guard , who was
assisted by several local military recruiters. The overall grade assigned was
“OUTSTANDING,” which is the highest grade achievable. Additionally, on Friday the Area 4
Manager, Commander Miller, was onboard to inspect the Regimental Staff sections, and he
too was thoroughly impressed with the knowledge, motivation and professionalism of the
cadets and the unit overall. I am confident that the final outcome will again be a
DISTINGUISHED UNIT WITH HONORS. I do want to personally thank Gunner Bahr, Master
Chief Call, Master Sergeant Howie, Senior Chief McClain, Senior Chief Williams, Chief
Kegerreis and Chief Craig for their time and effort in helping the cadets pass the
inspection and earn the highest grade possible. I can tell you first hand this is no walk in
the park inspection. The United States Navy, is without question, extremely thorough,
dots every “i” and crosses every “t” when it comes to their inventory and how the program
is run. Commander Miller stated, “I wish DMA kept notes and would write a book to share
with other units how to so successfully run an NJROTC program.” Maybe we will… right
after we finish expanding DMA’s footprint and providing the very best we can for our
cadets. BRAVO ZULU to all of DMA on an outstanding job!!
There is an academic meeting this evening at 6:30 pm to discuss our current course
selections (across all departments) as well as a number of new options for next year. The
meeting is open to all current 9th, 10th and 11th grade cadets and their parents. We are
excited about the opportunities that will be available to our cadets and want to be sure
that any and all questions are answered. Please join us as we prepare to take DMA to the
Time for juniors to get their bling! The junior ring ceremony is tomorrow night on the DMA
drill deck. There are approximately 90 juniors who will be receiving rings. Family and
friends are invited to share in this special occasion. Any cadet who will be receiving a ring
must report to the NASCAR room by 6:00 pm. The cadet uniform for the evening will be
peanut butters with ribbons (no covers) for all juniors except those on the junior ring
committee. Committee members will wear their service dress uniform. The ceremony will
start promptly at 6:30. Congratulations to the Class of 2018!
The third marking period ends this Wednesday. Cadets, be sure to double and triple check
HAC and turn in any assignments that are permissible.
Midterms for the second semester are this Thursday and Friday. Thursday is Block 1&2
exams and Friday is Block 5&6 exams. Dismissal is at 11:00am both days. For more
detailed information, please see the school calendar on the DMA website.
All sophomore cadets will take the PSAT 10 on Tuesday, March 28th during the school day.
Cadets should get a good night’s sleep Monday, and eat breakfast the morning of the
assessment. When cadets arrive to school on March 28th, freshman, juniors, and seniors
will report to homeroom as usual. Sophomores should report to the lobby of Talley Hall
where testing locations will be posted, find their room assignment, and then report to that
location on the second floor of Talley Hall. Sophomores should bring two sharpened #2
pencils and a four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator. Calculators that access the
internet are not permitted. Cadets are not allowed to share calculators with each other,
and teachers may not have calculators to lend. Testing will occur during Blocks 1 & 2, and
then cadets will be dismissed to block three. Please encourage your cadet to try his/her
best on the PSAT 10, as it is an indicator for how he/she may perform in the future on the
NMSQT and/or SAT, and provides valuable data about the areas in which cadets should
look to improve their skills.
In the next couple of weeks, we will be providing you with an update to the construction
schedule and where we are progress wise. Also, as a friendly reminder, the due date for the
Capital Campaign is May 1st. We hope you all have a great week and look forward to seeing you
at various events/contests throughout the remainder of the year. Please continue to instill Pride
and Ownership in your cadet.