Unit History

This is the Unit History. 

GENERAL WILLIAM MITCHELL HIGH SCHOOL

2000-2001

CO-20001 was established in July 2000.  The principal of Mitchell High School was Mr. Michael A. Poore.  The Senior Aerospace Science Instructor (SASI) was Lt Col Isaac K. Woodfork and the Aerospace Science Instructor was SMSgt Lee J. Green.  The Corps began the year with 160 cadets.  Our Group Commander was C/Maj Sean Olson; Deputy Group Commander was C/Capt Brittany Hallmon; Squadron Commanders were C/Capt Gennelle Chapman and William Huffaker; Support Group Commander was C/ Lt Sarah Gordon and the Senior Enlisted Advisor was C/SMSgt David Lycan.  The unit took field trips to Eglin AFB, Patrick AFB, Wright Patterson AFB, Kennedy Space Center, Peterson AFB, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station and the United States Air Force Academy.  Our Color Guard Team competed in the Colorado State University Wing Walker Drill Meet.   The unit participated in the Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade and the Colorado Springs Centennial Parade.  Our first military ball was held at Peterson AFB Officers Club.  Our guest speaker was Cadet Rodney Ellison (1998 Mitchell graduate) from the United States Air Force Academy.  Special guests included Colorado Springs School District 11 school board members, Dr. Bruce Doyle and Lyman Kaiser.  The Drill and Color Guard Teams went to Daytona Beach, Florida to observe the High School National Drill Team Championships. 

2001-2002

At the beginning of our second year, CO-20001 had 227 cadets enrolled in the program.  We added a third instructor, SMSgt Muriel C. Elliott.  Our Group Commander was C/Lt Col Sandra Kimbal; Deputy Group Commander was C/Major Ryan Burns;  the Squadron Commanders were C/Capt Nicole Kaiser and David Lycan.  Support Group Commander was C/Capt Jennifer Kay and the Senior Enlisted Advisor was C/CMSgt Chris Hodge-Dail.  Our unit along with the country was devastated by the events of September 11th.  9/11 seemed to bring out a renewed feeling of patriotism within the cadet corps and school.  Our unit celebrated Veterans’ Week by having Captain John McGrath, USN (Ret), a former Vietnam POW, and MSG John Lamerson, USA (Ret), speak to the Corps about their experiences during the Vietnam War.  The Corps also participated in the Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade.  Our Color Guard team participated in many ceremonies including the Colorado Springs Military Ball, Air Force Association State Convention, Air Force Academy basketball games, active duty promotions and retirements.  The Color Guard received recognition for competing in the Harrison High School Drill Competition, Colorado State Air Force JROTC Drill Competition, and the Air Force Academy Drill Competition.  Finally, the Color Guard team competed in the National High School Drill Meet in Daytona Beach, Florida.  Our Second Annual Military Ball was held at Peterson Air Force Base Officers Club.  The guest speaker was Captain John McGrath.  Special guests included Dr. Norman Ridder, Superintendent of District 11, and school board members, Waynette Rand, Mary Wierman, and Dr. Bruce Doyle.

2002-2003

We started our third year with a new principal, Dr Jerry Anderson.  Our cadet enrollment increased to 256 cadets.  Our Group Commander was C/Lt Col Kyle Crom; Deputy Group Commander was Cadet Niquita Grayer; the Squadron Commanders were C/Capt Lacey Hanner and Kyle Healey.  The Support Group Commander was C/Capt Robert Gess.  On September 11, our unit held a memorial service commemorating the 9/11 tragedy.  For Veterans Day, our unit recognized 18 Mitchell staff members who were veterans including our instructors Lt Col Woodfork, SMSgt Green, and SMSgt Elliott.  The Corps also participated in the Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade.  Once again our Color Guard, Drill and Saber Teams were very active supporting Mitchell activities and in community events.  Some of these activities included the Colorado Springs Military Ball, 50th Space Wing Award Ceremony, class reunions, retirement ceremonies, Cub Scout ceremonies, and Mitchell High School Graduation.  The Color Guard team also competed at the National High School Drill Meet in Daytona Beach, Florida.  Field Trips to Kirtland, Cheyenne Mountain and Schriever Air Force Bases were added to the academic curriculum.  Our Third Annual Military Ball was held at Peterson Air Force Base Officers Club.  The guest speaker was Cadet/Lt Col Marvette S. Skipper, the Deputy Wing Honor Chairperson/Wing Honor Education Officer at the United States Air Force Academy.  Special Guests included Dr. Bruce Doyle, Lyman Kaiser, and David Linebaugh from the Colorado Springs School District 11 School Board and Dr Ron Wynn, Chief of Staff.  Two of our cadets earned ROTC Scholarships—Kyle Healey (Navy) and Dan Pechacek (Air Force and Army).  Ashley Arimborgo and Kyle Healey received appointments to the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School.  Our instructors, Lt Col Woodfork, SMSgt Green, and SMSgt Elliott were recognized as “Outstanding Instructors” by the Air Force JROTC Program.

2003-2004

For the academic year 2003-04, CO-20001 was recognized as a Distinguished Unit for their superior performance and outstanding service to Mitchell High School and the Colorado Springs community.  With the unit population exceeding 260 cadets, the Cadet Corp successfully transitioned from a group to a wing organization.  Our Wing Commander was C/Col Diana Berkeland; Vice Wing Commander was C/Lt Col Robert Piccione; Operations Group Commander was C/Lt Col Richard Thompson; Support Group Commander was C/Lt Col Sean Hudson; and the Squadron Commanders were C/Maj Casandra Nichols and C/Maj Ester Kim.  The Cadet Corps was very active in the community.  Our unit hosted the 2003 Colorado Springs Veterans Day Kick-Off Rally that was attended by our entire student body (1500 students), military veterans, POWs, and community leaders including our Mayor, Lionel Rivera. The Mayor and our military guests complimented our cadets for making the rally a great success.   Local newspaper and TV stations covered this event—a great moment in our school’s history.  The color guard and cadets performed at numerous military and community functions including the 21st Space Wing Awards Ceremony, Air Force Space Command’s Guardian Challenge, Band of the Rockies Concert, Colorado Springs Hispanic Gala, NAACP Freedom Banquet, OTS Reunions, The Retired Enlisted Association and Air Force Association functions.  The Drill and Color Guard teams participated successfully at local, state, and national competitions in Washington DC and Daytona Beach, Florida.  As part of the curriculum in action program, the Cadet Corps took field trips to Kirkland Air Force Base, Cheyenne Mountain Air Station, Colorado State University, and Rocky Mountain Air Museum.  Our Military Ball was held at the Doubletree Inn.  The guest speaker was Colonel James Dill, USAF (ret), Deputy Program Manager at Lockheed Martin.  Distinguished guests included Eric Christen, Colorado Springs School District 11 School Board, Dr. Mary Thurman, Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, and our principal, Dr. Jerry Anderson.  Three of our cadets received ROTC Scholarships—Diana Berkeland, Chris Cleveland, and Waseem Saed.  Chris Cleveland and Waseem Saed also received appointments to the United States Air Force Academy and the United States Air Force Academy Prep School respectively. The Cadet Booster Club fund raising activities generated over $13,000 for the Corps this year and donated $3,200 to the senior cadet scholarship fund.  Scholarship winners were Diana Berkeland, Jazzmond Johnson, Susana Lee, Casandra Nichols, and Robert Piccione.   After three and half years of dedicated service to the JROTC program, SMSgt Green resigned for a civil service position at Yokota Air Base, Japan.  MSgt Richard Phipps was hired to fill the position.

2004-2005

CO-20001 had a great year serving Mitchell High School and its community.  Chief David Figueroa joined the instructor staff after 22 years of dedicated service to our country. The cadet enrollment again exceeded 250 cadets operating as a Wing with an Operations Group, Support Group, four squadrons, and six flights.  Our Wing Commander was C/Col Samantha Lane; Vice Wing Commander was C/Lt Col Joseph Welch; Operations Group Commander was C/Lt Col Tiffany Williams; Support Group Commander was C/Lt Col Sara Ellis; and Squadron Commanders were C/Maj Susan Ellis, C/Major William Westmoreland, C/ Major Chris Rocha, and C/Major Bryan Sanchez.  Once again, the Cadet Corps was very active in the community.  Our unit hosted the 2004 Colorado Springs Veterans Day Kick-Off Rally that was attended by grand marshals, Major General Mason Whitney, The Adjutant General of Colorado National Guard, and Command Sergeant Major Terrance McWilliams, 7th Infantry Division.  Also in attendance was Craig Cox, Vice President of Colorado Springs School District #11.  The Color Guard and Drill Team participated in many military and community functions including 21st Space Wing Awards Ceremony, Headquarters Air Force Space Command’s 12 outstanding Airmen of The Year, African American Youth Leadership Conference, Cinco De Mayo, Colorado Youth Citizenship Award, Colorado Springs Hispanic Gala.  The Drill and Color Guard teams also participated successfully at local, state, and national competitions in Washington DC.  The Cadet Corps took field trips to the Air Force Academy, Lackland Air Force Base, Colorado State University, and Washington DC.  The Doubletree Inn hosted our Military Ball and the guest speaker was Chief Master Sergeant Rodney Ellison, Command Chief Master Sergeant of Air Education and Training Command.  Distinguish Guests included our principal, Dr Jerry Anderson, Assistant Principals, Larry Cutter and Chris Noll.  Bryan Sanchez received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy.  The Air Force awarded the following cadets ROTC scholarships to Cadets Susan Ellis, Ambur Hanna, Corey Hodges, and Samantha Lane. CO-20001 also awarded 5 scholarships to Cadets Branden Jarmon, Sarah Ellis, Ambur Hanna, Corey Hodges, and Tiffany Williams.   

2005-2006

CO-20001 hosted the first ever Summer Leadership School (SLS) for Colorado Springs JROTC units at the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School June 4-8, 2005.  One Hundred and Forty cadets from CO-20001, CO-961 (Harrison High School), CO-20021 (District 20), and CO-20031 (Falcon High School) attended the SLS.  The cadet chain of command consisted of C/Col Ashley Schmalz, Wing Commander, C/Lt Col Joshua Buchanan, Vice Wing Commander, C/Lt Col Olajuwon Williams, C/Lt Col Steven Cox, Support Group Commander, and C/Maj Scott Sauer, C/Maj Ben Clements, C/Maj Jessie Bagaporo, C/Maj Antoinette Bynum and C/Capt Joseph Geer as Squadron Commanders.  The Commanders provided excellent leadership for over 235 cadets.  One of major highlights of the year was Air University Commander, Lt. General Stephen Lorenz’s visit to Mitchell High School in November.  Cadet Schmalz and her senior staff briefed General Lorenz on unit’s history, goals, flight competition, recognition programs and community activities.  The other major event was the Corps’ sixth annual military ball at the Sheraton Hotel.  We were honored to have as our guest speaker, Brigadier General Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr., Commander, Air Force Officer Accession and Training Schools at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.  Ashley Schmalz, Jessie Bagaporo, and LaCoure Brannon performed superbly as Ms. President, Mr. Vice, and Madam Vice respectively.  Distinguish Guests included Director Eric Christen, Colorado Springs School District 11 School Board, Dr. Mary Thurman, Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, Dr. Jerry Anderson, Principal of Mitchell High School, Assistant Principals, Larry Cutter and Brett Williams.  The Cadet Corps was very active in community activities.  The Cadets performed over 1500 hours of community service.  They also participated in many military and community functions including 21st Space Wing Awards Ceremony, African American Youth Leadership Conference, Colorado Youth Citizen Award, Veterans Day Celebrations and the Colorado Springs Hispanic Gala Celebrations.  CO-20001 also awarded four scholarships to Cadets Ashley Schmalz, Sarecia Harris, Jeremy Roach, and Olajuwon Williams for their outstanding performances.  The Air Force JROTC program recognized Chief David Figueroa and SMSgt Muriel Elliott as Outstanding Instructors for the academic year.

2006-2007

CO-20001 had an amazing year serving Mitchell High School and its community.  The cadet chain of command consisted of C/Col Jason Iverson, Wing Commander, C/Lt Col Hollie Hyde, Vice Wing Commander, C/Lt Col Dominique Cabrera, Operations Group Commander, and C/Lt Col Phillip Jones, Support Group Commander.  The Squadron Commanders were C/Major LaCoure Brannon, C/Major Dominic Atkinson, C/Major Tawanna Tyson and C/Major Jennifer Grier.   All of our commanders provided outstanding leadership for over 230 cadets.  Once again, the Cadet Corps was very active participating in many school and community events.  School events included a 9/11 Memorial Service, Cadet March-On honoring military service members, Veterans Day Assembly honoring Mitchell’s Veterans and a WWII Veterans, Open House, 8th Grade Open House, and various assemblies.  CO-20001 also supported many military and community functions such as Peterson Air Force Base Awards Ceremony, Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade, African American Youth Leadership Conference, Colorado Springs Hispanic Gala Celebrations, The Retired Enlisted Association Awards Banquet, Colorado Youth Citizenship Awards Banquet, and Cinco De Mayo.  Overall, the Cadet Corps performed over 1600 hours of community service.  One of the major events was the Seventh Annual Military Ball at the Sheraton Hotel.  Our guest speaker this year was Dr. La Vonne Neal, Dean of the College of Education at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.  Cadets Jason Iverson, LaCoure Brannon, and Phillip Jones performed superbly their dining out duties as Mr. President, Madam Vice, and Mr Vice respectively.  Distinguished Guest included Directors Willie Breazell and Tom Strand from the Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education, Dr. Terry Bishop, Superintendent of Colorado Springs School District 11, Dr. Mary Thurman, Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, Mr. Mike Poore, Superintendent of Sheridan School District, Mr. Larry Cutter, Principal of Mitchell High School and Mr. Brett Williams, Assistant Principal of Mitchell High School.   Forty-Two cadets attended the Colorado Summer Leadership School at the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School, June 3-8.  Cadets Jennifer Grier, Rebecca Camacho, Brian Zapien, Ryan Higgans, and Dominique Marshall received scholarships to attend the Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Conference in Pueblo, Colorado, July 9-16.  Air Force JROTC program selected Dominique Marshall and Craig Soto to attend the Air Force Honors Camp at the University of New Mexico.  The highlight of the year had to be the Senior Trip to Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.  Twenty-three cadets along with Lt Col Woodfork and SMSgt Elliott toured the historical and military sites of Oahu Island during their spring break.  

2007-2008

     Another fantastic year for CO-20001. The Corps’ superb performance record was validated by the outstanding rating received during the unit external inspection from Maxwell Air Force Base.  The Air Force recognized CO-20001 as Distinguished Unit with Merit for performing above and beyond the call of duty and distinguishing themselves through outstanding service to our school and community.   Only 79 units out of 710 units across the nation earned this prestigious award.  The Corps’ outstanding year can be directly attributed to the superb leadership of its chain of command which consisted C/Col Jennifer Grier, Wing Commander; C/Lt Col Rebecca Camacho, Vice Wing Commander; C/Lt Col Stafon Stevens, Operations Group Commander; and C/Lt Col Nicole Soule, Support Group Commander.  The Squadron Commanders were C/Major Malcolm Johnson, C/Major Alberto Martinez, C/Major Brian Zapien and C/Major Maurice Motley.  All of our Commanders provided excellent leadership and guidance to 200 cadets.  One of the Corps’ major goals was to enhance Mitchell High School’s image in the community by performing at least 3,000 hours of community service.  The Corps easily exceeded that goal by performing over 3,500 hours of school and community service.  A major highlight was the 9/11 Memorial Service that was covered by three local television stations and the local newspaper.  Some of the other Corps events were the Cadet March-On Ceremony honoring military service members, Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade, African American Youth Leadership Conference, Colorado Springs Hispanic Gala Celebrations, and the Colorado Youth Citizenship Awards Banquet.  The Honor Guard Team (color guard, armed, unarmed, and exhibition) had a tremendous year competing at local, state, and regional drill meets and winning over 17 trophies.  Another major celebration was our annual military ball at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in April where 300 cadets and guests attended.  Some of distinguished guests included Director Tom Strand from the Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education, Dr. Terry Bishop, Superintendent of Colorado Springs School District 11, Dr. Mary Thurman and Mr Mike Poore, Deputy Superintendents of District 11, Mr Larry Cutter, Principal of Mitchell High School, Assistant Principals, Kim Southard, Paul Heesaker, and Josue Palacios, and Athletic Director, Brett Williams.  Mr Joseph Garcia, President of Colorado State University-Pueblo was the guest speaker.   Jennifer Grier, Rebecca Camacho, and Shawn Yanoshek performed superbly at Madam President, Madam Vice, and Mr Vice respectively. Dominique Marshall and Jennifer Grier received Air Force ROTC Type 1 scholarships and they also received congressional nominations to the United States Military Academy and United States Air Force Academy respectfully.  Cadet Craig Soto was awarded the Distinguished Air Force JROTC Cadet Badge for his outstanding military and academic performance for the past three years.  The Air Force JROTC program selected Maurice Motley to attend the Air Force Honors Camp at the University of New Mexico.  Cadets Craig Soto, Maurice Motley, Brittany Junk, Lindsay Geer, Dan Knight, Pablo Quincy, and Nichole Davidson received scholarships to attend the Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Conference in Pueblo, Colorado, July 14-18.   Thirty-Five Cadets attended the Colorado Summer Leadership School (SLS) at the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School, June 1-6.  Cadet Brittany Junk was SLS Group Commander and Cadet Lindsay Geer was the Alpha Flight Commander.  The Cadet Corps took field trips to FE Warren, Colorado State University, and University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.  Lt Col Woodfork and SMSgt Elliott and twenty-one seniors toured Patrick Air Force Base, Cape Canaveral, and Kennedy Space Center to culminate a great senior year. 

2008-2009

CO-20001 enjoyed another extraordinary year during 2008-09.  Our unit was awarded the Distinguished Unit Award for its second consecutive year.   The Cadet Corps was led by C/ Col Maurice Motley, Wing Commander; C/ Lt Col Craig Soto, Vice Wing Commander; C/ Lt Col Martin Bribiesca, Operations Group Commander; and C/ Lt Col  Brittany Junk, Support Group Commander. The four Squadron Commanders were C/ Maj Lindsay Geer, C/ Maj David Pacheco, C/ Maj Chelsea Jennings and C/ Maj Caleb Metzler.  Our commanders supported and provided strong leadership to over 250 cadets. One of Corps’s top goals was to surpass our community service goal of 4500 hours.  The cadets performed over 7200 hours of community service—outstanding.   Throughout the year the cadet corps participated in many events from school-wide functions to performing events for the community. One of our highlights of the year was our annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, which was broadcasted over the District’s channel and local television stations.  Other events included the March-On Ceremony, Veterans Day Parade, and cadets performing at many elementary schools.  Unfortunately, on December 24th, Cadet Anthony Dial past away as a result of diabetes related illness.  Tony was a very dedicated cadet and will be sadly missed.  At his funeral the cadet honor guard performed a flag folding ceremony and presented the American flag to his parents.  The Honor Guard, which consists of the color guard, unarmed exhibition drill team, armed drill team, and saber team, won 14 trophies during competition.  This included our unit’s first Overall Commander’s Trophy at the Dane Balcon Drill Meet at Falcon High School.  Our 9th annual military ball at the Crowne Plaza Hotel was another fantastic event with over 300 cadets and guests attending.  Brigadier General Jimmy McMillan, 10th Air Base Wing Commander was the guest speaker.  Maurice Motley, Donald Spaw, and Judith McFadden performed superbly as Mister President, Mr Vice, and Madam Vice.  Some of our distinguished guests included Director Bob Null from the Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education, Dr. Terry Bishop, Superintendent of Colorado Springs School District 11, Dr. Mary Thurman, Deputy Superintendent of District 11, Mr Larry Cutter, Principal of Mitchell High School, and Mr. Brett Williams, Athletic Director of Mitchell High School.  Cadet Maurice Motley received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School and Cadet Craig Soto received an ROTC Type 2 scholarship to the Colorado School of Mines.  Cadet Frances Ortiz was awarded the Distinguished Air Force JROTC Cadet Badge for her outstanding military and academic performance over the past three years. The Air Force JROTC program selected Cadets Frances Ortiz, Nichole Davidson, and Elizabeth McNeal to attend the Air Force Honors Camp at the University of New Mexico.  Twenty-Five cadets attended the Colorado Air Force JROTC Summer Leadership School (SLS) at the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School from May 31st- June 5th.   Cadet Steven Camacho was the Alpha Flight Commander.  Cadets Jaziel Arvizu and Emily Parker received scholarships to attend the Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Conference in Pueblo, July 13-16.  Lt Col Woodfork, SMSgt Muriel Elliott, and 15 cadets toured Lackland Air Force Base and the San Antonio area to culminate a great senior year.  Overall, the school year of 2008-2009 was an outstanding success for CO-20001.

2009-2010

Truly another outstanding year for CO-20001. During the 2009-2010 academic year, the Corps was led by a cadre of superb senior leadership throughout our unit. The cadet chain of command consisted of C/Col Steven Camacho, Wing Commander; C/Col Frances Ortiz, Vice Wing Commander; C/Lt Col Samantha Hamilton, Operations Group Commander; C/Lt Col Nichole Davidson, support Group Commander. The four squadron commanders were C/Maj Elizabeth McNeal, C/Maj Raul Castillo, C/Maj Emily Parker and C/Maj Brian Vance. Our commanders supported and provided exceptional leadership to over 300 cadets.  One of our Corps’ most important goals was to exceed our community service goal of 5,000 hours.  Our unit easily surpassed that goal performing over 6,800 hours of community service.  The Cadet Corps was exceptionally active throughout the year participating in many school and community events.  One of our most impressive events was our annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, which was broadcasted over the district’s channel and local television stations.  Another great highlight for our Corps was the hosting of our first ever Air Force JROTC drill meet in January. The Drill Meet was a great success and was attended by seven (7) Air Force jrotc programs. Besides winning the overall Commander’s Trophy, Mitchell placed 1st in Color Guard and Regulation Drill.  Other community and school events included the March-On Ceremony, Veterans Day Parade, and also a new event, The Red White and Brave Parade, held on September 15 for our returning troops.  The honor guard, which consists of the color guard, unarmed exhibition drill team, armed drill team, and saber team, won 19 trophies during the drill season competition. This included our unit's first national trophy won at Western National Air Force JROTC Drill Meet in San Antonio, Texas.  Our tenth annual military ball at the Crown Plaza Hotel was another fantastic event with over 320 cadets and guests attending.   Dr. Nicholas Gledich, Superintendent, from Colorado Springs School District 11, was our guest speaker. Steven Camacho, Frances Ortiz and Elizabeth McNeal performed superbly as Mister President and Madam Vices. Some of our distinguished guests included Director Tom Strand, Director Bob Null, Director Jan Tanner, from the Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education, Mr. Larry Cutter, Principal of Mitchell High School. Cadet Frances Ortiz received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School.   The Air Force selected cadets Renee Gomez and Garrett Prather to attend the Air Force Honors Camp at the University of New Mexico. Forty Cadets attended the Colorado Air Force JROTC Summer Leadership School (SLS) at the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School from May 29th-June-3rd . Cadets Samaria Buice, Raul Castillo and David Tyrell Osby held key leadership positions during SLS as Group Commander, Alpha Flight Commander, and Assistant Alpha Flight Commander respectively.   Cadets Samaria Buice, Maria Castaneda, Paul Manka, Wesley Jacobs and Matthew Walters received scholarships to attend the Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Conference in Pueblo, July 13-16Thirteen seniors or 38% of the senior class decided to pursue a military career.  A senior class trip to Patrick Air Force Base culminated a great senior year. Overall the school year of 2009-2010 was an incredible year for CO-20001.


2010-2011

CO-20001 had another fantastic year receiving the Distinguished Unit Award with Merit.   The Corps’ outstanding performance was validated by their outstanding rating during the external inspection from Maxwell Air Force Base that took place in November 2010.   The Cadet Corps was led by C/Col Raul Castillo, Wing Commander; C/ Col Samaria Buice, Vice Wing Commander; C/Lt Col David Osby, Operations Group Commander;  and C/Maj Taylor Perry, Support Group Commander.  The four Squadron Commanders were C/Maj Yeni Mojica, C/Maj Mathew Walters, C/Maj  Wesley Jacobs, and  C/Maj  Garrett Prather.  Our commanders demonstrated exceptional leadership while leading over 300 cadets.  One of our most important goals was community service where the Corps performed over 7,000 hours of school and community service hours.  Once again the cadet wing broke Corps’ record for community service.   Cadet Wing was very active throughout the year participating in many school and community events.   The 9/11 Memorial Ceremony was a tremendous success being televised live by District 11 channel and local television stations.  Some other school and community events that the Corps participated in were the Veterans Day Parade and Dedication to Veterans Pregame Ceremony March- On.  CO-20001 also hosted the first ever Lance P Sijan Air Force Association Drill Meet in January 2011, and won Commander’s Trophy for their outstanding performance.  Our Honor Guard Team had a very successful season winning 21 trophies and competing and winning a national trophy at the Air Force JROTC Nationals in Phoenix, Arizona Our Color Guard Team was selected to present the colors for former President George W. Bush at the Broadmoor Hotel.    Another successful event was our 11th annual Military Ball at the Peterson Air Force Base Officer’s Club where 330 cadets and guests attended. Mr Michael Poore, Deputy Superintendent of Colorado Springs School District 11, was our guest speaker for this event.  We formally recognized Major (ret) Larry Law for his 15 years of dedicated service to Mitchell High School as a math teacher.  Some of our distinguished guests were Colorado Springs School District 11 Superintendent Dr. Nicholas Gledich, Deputy Superintendant of Personal Support Services, Dr. Mary Thurman, Mitchell High School Principal, Mr. Rusty Moomey and Mitchell High School’s Athletic Director, Mr. Brett Williams.  We had a total of 13 graduating seniors who decided to pursue a military career after graduation.   Finally, 36 of our cadets had the opportunity to attend the Colorado Air Force JROTC Summer Leadership School at the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School.   Mitchell’s flight was led by Cadet Yeni Mojica who did an outstanding job as flight commander.  The academic year 2010-2011 was indeed a fantastic year for CO-20001.

2011-2012

CO-20001 had a phenomenal year with outstanding accomplishments that defined our unit.  To begin our year, we welcomed a new instructor, Senior Master Sergeant Angela Evans, who retired from the Air Force after 25 years of dedicated service.  A strong recruiting effort resulted in an outstanding turnout of 291 cadets with 142 of those cadets being first year cadets for the start of the year.  The Cadet Corps was led by a very superb and dedicated staff:  Wing Commander, C/Col Yeni Mojica; Vice Wing Commander, C/Col Renee Gomez; Operations Group Commander, C/Lt Col Aspen Jarwin; Support Group Commander, C/Lt Col Brian King and Squadron Commanders, C/Maj Bryan Bailey and C/Maj Arlee Felix.  Once again, the senior staff did a tremendous job planning, organizing, and performing our annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony which was televised and covered by the local television and radio stations.   By far the most exciting part of the year was the drill competition season where the Honor Guard Team swept away the  competition winning the Commander’s Trophy at Air Academy State Drill Meet,  Dane Balcon Drill Meet at Sand Creek High School, and of course our own meet at Mitchell High School. 

Overall, the Honor Guard Team won 23 trophies and was recognized by the Colorado Springs School District 11School Board for their outstanding season.  Another highlight of the year was the Corps’ commitment to the Colorado Springs Community.  The Corps performed over 6,000 hours community service hours which included events such as the Salute to Veterans March-On, Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade, Winslow Court Retirement Community, and many color guard events throughout the city. Our 12th annual military ball at Peterson Air Force Base Club was another fantastic event with over 350 cadets, parents, teachers, and administrators attending.  Performing the duties of Madam President, Madam and Mister Vice were Cadets C/Col Yeni Mojica, C/Maj Arlee Felix, C/Lt Col Aspen Jarwin and C/Capt Steven Applin respectively. Colonel Richard Ragaller, former Director of Air Force JROTC, was our guess speaker and distinguished guests included Dr. Nicholas Gledich, Superintendent of Colorado Springs School District 11, Dr. Mary Thurman, Deputy Superintendent, Directors Jan Tanner, Sandra Mann, and Bob Null, Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education.  The United States Navy awarded Cadet Renee Gomez a Navy ROTC Scholarship to the University of Colorado at Denver.  The Military Order of World Wars Cadets sponsored Alex Torres, Luis Vega, and Brittney Day who attended the Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Conference in Pueblo, Colorado, July 8-12, 2013.  Thirty-Five (35) cadets attended the Colorado Springs Air Force JROTC Summer Leadership School (SLS) at the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School from May 29 to June 1.  Cadets Samantha Barr, Jeremy Kierney, and Edgar Salazar received the prestigious Core Values Award for their outstanding performance during SLS. Forty-One (41) JROTC cadets graduated this academic year—our largest class ever and 13 of those cadets decided to pursue a career in the military.  Delta Flight led by their Flight Commander, Cadet Steven Applin, won the coveted “Honor Flight” award for the academic year 2011-12.  Finally, our senior class trip to San Antonio, Texas culminated an outstanding year, and we cannot wait to see what next year has in store.

2012-2013

         Once again, CO-20001 was recognized as a Distinguished Unit for the academic year 2012-13.  This was the 5th time we earned this prestigious award in our unit’s 13 year history, and it showed that our cadets performed above and beyond the call of duty in serving their school and community.   During the year, we had many noteworthy accomplishments, but the most exciting moment had to be the Unarmed Exhibition Team’s 2nd place finish at The JROTC Nationals, Daytona Beach, Florida in May.   The Corps’ outstanding year is directly attributed to the superb leadership, which consisted of: C/Col Alex Torres, Wing Commander; C/Col Ashley Drown, Vice Wing Commander, C/ Lt Col Elizabeth Horton, Support Group Commander; and C/Lt Col Hershelle Biglow, Operations Group Commander.   C/Major Seth Adamson, Nick Sypert, Josh Bailey, Hannah Longstreth, and Derek Meyer served as the Squadron Commanders.  The Corps also implemented a new idea of having a fall and spring wing commander.  At the beginning of February, the Corps had its first change of command ceremony with C/Col Alex Torres passing the unit guide-on to C/Col Luis Vega.  The idea of a fall/spring staff will be fully implemented in the 2013-14 academic year.  All of our commanders and the Class of 2013 provided excellent leadership to our cadet corps which consisted of 333 cadets.  Mitchell JROTC continues to have a tremendous and positive impact on the Colorado Springs community by participating in many school and community events.  The Corps performed over 6000 community service hours, which included cadets helping out during the Black Forest Fire, the most destructive fire in Colorado history, where over 450 homes were destroyed. 

Other important community service events included, our 9/11 Memorial Ceremony which was covered by the local television channels and newspaper, Salute to Veterans March-On with Wasson High School Navy JROTC, Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade, and many other color guard and saber team events throughout the city.  Cadet Bree Schobinger received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her community service at Peterson Air Force Youth Center for performing 101 hours. The Corps’ Drill Team continued its excellence in drill competition.  They won the Commander’s Trophy at the Air Force Association Lance P. Sijan Chapter State Drill Meet at Mitchell High School; Dane Balcon Memorial Drill Meet at Falcon High School; and East Cheyenne High School Regional Drill Meet in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Our Drill Team won a total of 22 trophies including the Unarmed Exhibition 2nd place trophy at Nationals. The Corps 13th Annual Military Ball at the Peterson Air Force Base Club was our biggest ever, with over 350 cadets, parents, teachers, and administrators attending.  Colonel (ret) Tom Strand, former Director of Colorado Springs School District 11, was the guest speaker. Distinguished guest included Directors Bob Null, Elaine Naleski, Nora Brown, and LuAnn Long from the Colorado Springs School District 11.  Also attending, from the District were Dr. Nicholas Gledich, Superintendent, and Dr. Mary Thurman, Deputy Superintendent.  From Mitchell’s administration, Mr. Bret Williams, Athletic Director, Mr. Scott Noller, Assistant Principal, and Mr. Rusty Moomey, Principal.  During the military ball, we honored Mr. Moomey for his dedicated service to Mitchell High School and his outstanding support of the JROTC program. Cadets Luis Vega, Ryan Crider, and Alex Torres performed superbly as President, Mr. and Madam Vice respectfully. Cadets Derek Meyer and John Stipak earned the highest Boy Scout award, the prestigious Eagle Scout badge. Mitchell JROTC cadets received tremendous honors and recognition for their outstanding achievements.  Cadet Elizabeth Horton received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy and a Navy ROTC Scholarship to the University of Colorado.  Cadet Anthony Terrell received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School.  Cadet Alex Torres was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Air Force JROTC Cadet Badge for his outstanding military and academic performance over the past four years.  Thirty-Five cadets attended the Colorado Air Force JROTC Leadership Laboratory Activity at the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School from June 4-8.  Cadets Samantha Barr, Morgan Cisna, Hannah Longstreth, Derek Meyer, and Danica Miller received scholarships to attend the Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Conference in Pueblo, July 8-12. Forty-four (44) senior cadets, our largest senior class ever, graduated from Mitchell High School in 2013. Thirty-three percent (33%) of those seniors decided to pursue a career in the military.  Gamma Flight led by the Flight Commander of the Year, Cadet Marvin Yanez, won the Honor Flight Award for the academic year 2012-13.  The senior trip to Los Angeles Air Force Station culminated a great year for CO-20001. 

2013-2014

         The Mitchell High School JROTC program had a tremendous year supporting its cadets, school, and community.  The class of 2014, which was the largest JROTC class in CO-20001’s 14 year history, provided superb leadership to the cadet wing.  The year began with 349 cadets in the Corps.  Once again, the Corps had a fall and spring semester staff because of the large number of outstanding senior cadets.  The fall semester staff consisted of the following cadets: C/Col Danica Miller, Wing Commander; C/Col Samantha Barr, Vice Wing Commander; C/Lt Col Lt Col Brandon Butler, Support Group Commander; and C/Lt Col Morgan Cisna, Operations Group Commander.  C/Major Hannah Longstreth, C/Major Zach Egan, and C/Major Eduardo Bribiesca were Squadron Commanders.  In February,  C/Col Derek Meyer accepted the unit guide on as the Spring Wing Commander  with the following cadets: C/Lt Col Hanna Longstreth, Vice Wing Commander; C/Lt Col Morgan Cisna, Support Group Commander; C/Lt Col Zach Egan, Operations Group Commander;  The following cadets were appointed as squadron commanders:  Samantha Barr, Brandon Butler, Aalihya Burnett, and Genoveva Lopez.  Once again, the wing exceeded its community service goal by performing over 6600 hours.  One of the major highlights of the year had to be our annual 9/11 ceremony honoring the men and women who perished on that terrible day including Ms Katheryn Yancey Laborie, 1975 graduate of Mitchell High School.  Besides being covered by the local television stations, Mitchell’s 9/11 ceremony was the front page feature article and picture of the Gazette Newspaper.  Other major community events included the annual Salute to Veterans March On, Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade, and the Colorado Springs School District 11 Veterans Day Tribute.  The Cadet Wing in coordination with the Social Studies Department planned and organized a special ceremony recognizing Mitchell High School Veterans and honoring Veterans in the Mitchell community. Mitchell’s Color Guard teams performed at 11 different Veterans Day ceremonies around the city.  In January, CO-20001 hosted the 4th annual Air Force Association, Lance P Sijan Chapter Drill Meet and again won the overall Commander’s Trophy. Mitchell Drill Team also won the Commander’s Trophy at the Dane Balcon Memorial Drill Meet and finished a very successful drill season winning a total of 22 trophies.  In February, Colonel Chester “Skip” Morgan, USAF (ret), a Mitchell Graduate, Class of 1968, gave an outstanding presentation of the life and times of Brigadier General Billy Mitchell to the Mitchell HS student body that was televised by Colorado Springs School District 11 media station.  The Peterson Air Force Base Club hosted our 14th annual Military Ball on April 12.  Over 370 cadets, teachers, administrators, and parents attended our military ball and celebrated the Corps’ outstanding year. Dr Mary Thurman, Colorado Springs School District 11 Deputy Superintendent, was the guest speaker recognizing the unit accomplishments and former cadets.  Some of our distinguished guests were Dr Nicholas Gledich, Superintendent, and Directors Jan Tanner, Bob Null, and LuAnn Long from the Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education.  During the military ball, our Corps honored Ms Jan Weil, Counseling Department Secretary, for 27 years of dedicated service to Mitchell High School and her outstanding support of the Mitchell JROTC program. Cadets Derek Meyer, Eduardo Bribiesca, and Samantha Barr performed superbly as Mr President, Mr Vice, and Madam Vice respectfully. Twenty-Four local and national organizations participated in our end of the year awards ceremony recognizing our cadets for their outstanding performances.  Cadet Morgan Cisna received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy Class of 2018.  Cadets Danica Miller and Nathan Pelton received the Air Force JROTC Distinguished Badge for their outstanding JROTC careers.  The American Legion selected Cadets Terrell Bradford, Dakota Drown, Nick Longstreth and Chris Kiefer to attend Colorado’s Boys State at Colorado State University Pueblo.  Military Order of World Wars selected Cadets Ruth Davis, Rebecca Garcia,Carmen Nevarez, Terrell Bradford, Dakota Drown, and Chris Kiefer to attend the Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Conference at Colorado State University Pueblo.  As a result of fund raising efforts, CO-20001 awarded seven seniors $400.00 scholarships:  Aaliyah Burnett, Stephen Gardella, Karen Cejudo, Karla Gonzales, Samantha Barr, Jamelia Smith, and Preston William.  Thirty-three cadets spent five days and four nights at the United States Air Force Academy learning about leadership, drill, survival, physical training, and teamwork during the Colorado JROTC Leadership Laboratory Activity.  Twenty-Four seniors culminated their JROTC career with a curriculum in action trip to Los Angeles, California. The highlights of the senior trip were a tour of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Griffith Park Observatory, and Los Angeles Air Force Base.  Sixty-Three senior cadets graduated and this was the largest class ever.  Thirty-three percent (33%) of those cadets decided to serve their country and pursue a military career.  Finally, CO-20001 won the prestigious Distinguished Unit Award for the 6th time in the unit’s history.

2014-2015

         The Mitchell High School JROTC program celebrated its 15th anniversary as a year to remember.  Because so many cadets joined the Cadet Corps in August, we introduced our 7th flight, HOTEL, which brought the total cadet population to 325.   The fall semester wing staff was the following cadets:  Wing Commander, C/Col Rebecca Garcia; Vice Wing Commander, C/Lt Col Carmen Nevarez, Support Group Commander, C/Major Dakota Drown; Operations Group Commander, C/Major Bree Schobinger; WINGS Commanders, C/Maj Darryan Newkirk and Chris Kiefer; Inspector General, C/Maj Ruth Davis; Wing Executive Officers, C/Maj Korina Garcia and Brianna Roberts; Special Project Officers, C/ 1st Lt Lisset Cepeda and Sarah Trujillo;  Squadron Commanders were Victoria Clarke, Brooke Schobinger, and Nick Longstreth. We started the academic year with a very impressive 9/11 memorial ceremony where we honored all of the fallen heroes who perished on September 11, 2001, including Ms Katheryn Yancey Laborie, Mitchell High School Class of 1975.  The ceremony was televised by District 11 Media Production and covered by local newspaper and news stations as well.  Our next major event was the annual Salute to Veterans March-On Ceremony at Gerry Berry Stadium where 225 cadets performed the pregame ceremony in honor of our nation’s veterans.  A few weeks later we honored our Veterans on November 11th, the traditional Veterans Day Holiday with several activities including “Bring Your Veteran to School Day.”  Over 100 students brought veterans to Mitchell High School where they had a continental breakfast and participated in a school wide assembly hosted by the JROTC cadets.  The Corps also participated in ten other Veterans Day celebrations city wide.  Once again the Mitchell Cadet Corps had the largest contingent at the annual Colorado Springs Veterans Day with over 250 cadets.  In December, we had our annual Fall Commander’s Call announcing the 1st semester Honor Flight standings.  During the ceremony, Hotel Flight won its first guide on streamer.  We ended the semester with our traditional holiday party for the Cadet Corps and kids in the community giving away gifts and prizes.

After winter break, we had our change of command ceremony introducing our new Wing Commander, C/Col Erica Grove and her staff:  Vice Wing Commander, C/Lt Col Kassandra Mercado; Support Group Commander, C/Lt Col  Bree Schobinger; Operations Group Commander, C/Lt Col Ruth Davis; WINGS Commanders, C/Lt Col Darryan Newkirk and Chris Kiefer; Inspector General, C/Lt Col Nick Longstreth; Wing Executive Officers, C/Maj Korina Garcia and Brianna Roberts; Special Project Officers, C/ 1st Lt Lisset Cepeda and Sarah Trujillo;  Squadron Commanders were Victoria Clarke, Brooke Schobinger, Dakota Drown and Carmen Nevarez.  The new year began with our 5th annual Air Force Association Drill Meet hosted by the Mitchell JROTC program. Once again the Mitchell JROTC Drill Team won the Commander’s Trophy as the overall champion. The Mitchell JROTC Drill team followed up with another championship at the Dane Balcon Memorial Drill Meet.  In March, the Corps focused on its external inspection from Maxwell Air Force Base.  Colonel Wolfgang Gesch, Regional Director inspected the Corps on March 18 and the Corps received an “Outstanding” rating.  The following cadets received the “Top Performer” Award for their overall excellence in JROTC and their efforts in preparation for the unit inspection:  Sean Castillo, Inez Rosales, and Ali Thibault.  After a very successful inspection, the Corps concentrated on their 15 Year Celebration and Military Ball events. The 15 year celebration began with a potluck dinner for all former and current cadets in the cafeteria with over 150 people in attendance.  The next day, the Corps hosted an Open House for former cadets to speak with current cadets about their education and life experiences.  The celebration week culminated with our annual military ball at the Doubletree Hotel with over 500 cadets, parents, teachers, administrators and friends attending.  By far our best and biggest military ball ever.  The highlight of the celebration had to be our guest speaker, General Robin Rand, Commander, Air Education and Training Command, who was also 1974 graduate of Mitchell High School. The following week our senior took a fantastic trip to the Los Angeles Air Force Base.  The academic year ended with the Spring Commander’s Call and Awards Ceremony.  Twenty-eight local and national organizations presented awards to our outstanding cadets including the overall Honor Flight Award Winner—Delta Flight.  Cadets Erica Grove, Rebecca Garcia, Bree Schobinger, and Darryan Newkirk received Mitchell High School JROTC Scholarships.  Cadet Terrell Bradfor received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School.  Mitchell JROTC program also had a very successful summer.  The following cadets were selected to attend Boys State at Colorado State University-Pueblo (CSU-Pueblo):  Paul Sypert, Sean Castillo, Dalton Espino, A.J. Macias, Nick Courtright, and Cole Evans.        

Cadet Inez Rosales earned Girl State honors which was also held at CSU Pueblo.  Military Order of World Wars sponsored Nick Courtright to the Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Conference which was also held at the CSU-Pueblo, July 12-16. Thirty-Five cadets attended the Colorado Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) at the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School, June 2-6 and Cadet Ashlei Martinez was the CLC group commander. The Air Force JROTC program validated Mitchell High School JROTC outstanding year by awarding the Corps the Distinguished Unit Award with Merit for the academic year 2014-15.  This is the highest organizational award that a JROTC unit can receive.   They also recognized Lt Col Keith Woodfork, Chief David Figueroa, SMSgt Muriel Elliott, and SMSgt Angela Evans as “Outstanding Instructors” for the academic year. What a fantastic year for Mitchell JROTC!!! 

2015-2016      

     The Mitchell High School JROTC program was recognized yet again as a Distinguished Unit for the 2015-2016 academic year. The JROTC class of 2016 had 353 cadets. The fall semester staff was comprised of C/Col Sean Castillo as Wing Commander, C/Col Dominique McDonald as Vice Wing Commander, C/Lt Col Nicholas Courtright as Support Group Commander, C/Lt Col Juanita Quiroz as Operations Group Commander, C/Lt Col Inez Rosales as WINGS Commander, C/Maj Luis Garcia as Inspector General, C/Capt Eleanor Muzzipapa, as Wing Executive Officer, C/Capt Jaylin Vargas as Special Projects Officer, Squadron Commanders were Jose Rodriguez, and Jordan Futrell.  The Services Squadron Commander was C/Maj Sarah Trujillo, C/Maj Hiwon Lee as Mission Support Group Commander.  The spring staff consisted of: C/Col Ashlei Martinez as Wing Commander, C/Lt Col Paul Sypert as Vice Wing Commander, C/Maj Lisset Cepeda as Support Group Commander, C/Maj Dalton Espino as Operations Group Commander, C/Maj Demetrius Titus and C/Maj Brianna Biglow as Squadron Commanders, C/Maj Cole Evans as Services Squadron Commander, C/Maj Dominique Dickerson as Mission Support Group Commander.

As tradition the corps had its annual 9/11 memorial ceremony. This year the ceremony was made even more special with the releasing of white doves to honor Ms Katheryn Yancey Laborie, 1975 graduate of Mitchell High School and the lives that were lost on 9/11. The corps honored our nation’s veterans through the annual Salute to Veterans March On at Gerry Berry stadium and by marching in the Veterans Day Parade. By the end of the semester the holiday party went off without a hitch.

At the beginning of 2nd semester the corps held its Change of Command Ceremony on January 21, 2016 and briefed the corps on honor flight standings. The JROTC honor guard went into full competition mode bringing home 23 trophies from both Colorado and Wyoming. As the year came to a close, the corps held its 16th annual Military Ball at the Peterson Air Force Base Officer’s Club. The Guest Speaker was Colonel Troy Dunn, Installation Commander of the 10th Air Base Wing, United States Air Force Academy. In addition, the corps honored SMSgt Angela Evans as she retired from her position in the corps. The corps also said goodbye to a good friend of the corps, Mrs. Joan Bailey after 39 years in education. Cadets Paul Sypert, Demetrius Titus, and Ashlei Martinez performed superbly as Mr Vice, Madam Vice and Madam President, respectfully.

Twenty- Two local and national organizations participated in our end of the year awards ceremony, recognizing cadets for their outstanding performances. This year the JROTC class of 2016 developed the corps 1st unit coin. Cadet Sean Castillo received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy Class of 2020. Sixteen seniors went on a curriculum in action trip to Los Angeles, California. The highlights of the trip were: the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, California Science Center; Space Shuttle Endeavor. Forty-Nine senior cadets graduated and thirteen seniors decided to serve their country and pursue a military career.

2016-2017

The academic year of 2016-2017 was another fantastic year for our unit - especially starting the year with both our new principal Mr. Carlos Perez, and our new ASI, MSgt Shonteau Travis.  Among new events, old traditions, and special ceremonies, Headquarters JROTC recognized CO-20001 (368 cadets) as a Distinguished Unit for the fifth year in a row.

As we have in the past, we started the majestic year with our annual 9/11 ceremony, honoring those who lost their lives which included Katheryn Yancey Laborie, a 1975 graduate of Mitchell High School.  Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers along with the Colorado Springs Police and Fire Departments participated in our 9/11 ceremony that was locally televised.  Working diligently into October, our wing staff once again successfully organized a Military Appreciation Night, which included the United States Air Force Academy Parachute team, WINGS OF BLUE, at one of our football games.  They also planned the annual “Salute to Veterans” March-On pregame ceremony where 250 cadets participated and honored military veterans. .  In addition, the corps hosted a “Bring Your Veteran to School Day” which included a breakfast and a school wide assembly that recognized teachers who were Veterans and military Veterans from our local community.  Our Veterans’ Day celebration concluded with 250 cadets marching in the Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade.  The Corps closed out the first semester with the Community Holiday Party involving the entire cadet wing and kids from the Mitchell High School community.

In keeping with tradition, the end-of-the-semester Commander’s Call and Change of Command Ceremony saw the leadership staff changing for the second semester: Wing Commander: C/Col Rachel Garcia to C/Col Tyson Eastwood; Vice Wing Commander C/Lt Col Allen Alfieri to C/Lt Col Jayline Vargas; Wing Executive Officer C/Capt Elizabeth Lopez to C/Capt Colleen Kilman; Operations Group Commander C/Maj Quindell Bryant to C/Maj Leilony Rodriguez; Support Group Commander C/Maj Abigail Felipe to C/Maj Jorge Cruz; Alpha Squadron Commander C/Capt Keiry Soto to C/Capt Terrance Hester; Bravo Squadron Commander C/Capt Kiera Stiles to C/Capt Simone French; Services Squadron Commander C/Capt Sarah Lee to C/Capt Anastacia Long; Mission Support Squadron Commander C/Capt Colleen Kilman to C/Capt Elizabeth Lopez; WINGS Commander C/Maj. Sierra Olmstead; Inspector General C/Capt. Paulina Pallares; Special Projects Officer C/Capt Jocelyn Rangel; Deputy Wings Commander C/Capt Katie Burch; Deputy Support Group Commander C/Maj Kaige Jones; Deputy Operations Group Commander C/Maj Ian Robertson; Training Officer C/Capt Zakery Hearon; Alpha Squadron Ops Officer C/Capt Ozy Cotton; Bravo Squadron Ops Officer C/Capt Zaire McEnany.

The 17th annual Military Ball was held at the Doubletree Hotel with over 350 cadets, parents, teachers, and administrators attending.  Our guest of honor and guest speaker was Representative Crisanta Duran from the Colorado State Legislature. Cadets Rachel Garcia, Tyson Eastwood, and Sarah Lee served as Madam President, and Mister and Madam Vice respectively. 

The Corps participate in several summer leadership education opportunities.  Cadets Vanessa Hopson, Robert Peloso, Saira Ramos, and Ian Robertson attended the Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Conference at Colorado State University-Pueblo.  Cadets Nate Copeland, Tommy Cotterill, Jake Gatchell, Kaige Jones, Brandon Paterson, Robert Peloso, and Ian Robertson attended the Colorado Boys State which was also at Colorado State University- Pueblo. Cadet Kaige Jones attended the Leadership Summer Institute Camp hosted by Princeton University. Finally, 29 cadets led by their flight commander Nykkie