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Marine Corp Jr. ROTC Cadet Major Kaleb Fanning leads Drill Team to first place

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 12:51 pm

United States Navy Capt. Edward “Ted” Heflin, right, presents the overall
first place trophy to Tullahoma High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC Drill
Team Commander Cadet Major Kaleb D. Fanning at the 26th annual Vanderbilt
Naval ROTC Drill Meet held April 15.

Marine Corp Jr. ROTC (MCJROTC) Cadet Major Kaleb Fanning of Lynchburg commanded the fifteen member Tullahoma (THS) MCJROTC Drill Team to overall first place at the 26th annual Vanderbilt Naval ROTC Drill Meet on April 15. THS placed first in both Inspection and Platoon Unarmed Drill, and second in Color Guard and Platoon Exhibition Drill. Fanning also served as the First Team Color Guard Commander for THS. Six high schools with Naval and Marine Corps Junior ROTC units were represented. In addition to Tullahoma High School, teams from Columbia Central High School, Gallatin High School, Greenwood High School (Bowling Green, Kentucky), Jeffersontown High School (Louisville, Kentucky) and the Academy at Shawnee (Louisville) competed. Tullahoma High School placed overall first place, Jeffersontown High School placed overall second with Columbia High School finishing overall third. Each team was judged by Vanderbilt Naval ROTC Unit personnel. Events have a series of prescribed maneuvers which each team must perform, and the teams are judged on precision, accuracy and synchronization of these maneuvers. Teams receive deductions for observed flaws or mistakes and are ranked accordingly. Final rankings are then made on placement in each event. The meet judged five events: 1) Inspection (correctness of uniform and appearance and verbal response to questioning), 2) Color Guard (presentation of the flag during ceremony) 3) Platoon Armed and 4) Unarmed Drill (basic coordinated maneuvers with and without rifle) and 5) Platoon Exhibition Drill (more complicated drill that allows non-standard formations and rifle routines). At the conclusion of the drill events, all the participating cadets were allowed to participate in a physical training (PT) course competition as well as a “knockout” competition. In the knockout competition, all participating cadets from the six high schools formed into one large platoon that totaled approximately 100 cadets. They were given sequential drill instructions and cadets who failed to correctly complete the instruction were removed from the formation, thus being “knocked out.” After approximately 10 minutes of continuous instruction, THS MCJROTC Cadet SgtMaj. Burns remained the last man standing thus winning the knockout competition. The Tullahoma High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC Wildcat Battalion is instructed by Senior Marine Instructor Col. Jeffrey J. Johnson (USMC, Ret.) and Marine Instructor Sgt. Maj. Major Richard Ramirez (USMC, Ret.).