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Commandant’s Corner - March 20th, 2017
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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 next level. 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.  Warm Regards, Anthony Pullella Commandant
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