NIOC Georgia Sailors judge NJROTC area drill competition in South Carolina
Throughout the year, NIOC Georgia Sailors judge in several NJROTC competitions throughout Georgia and South Carolina. The group of 22 Sailors made the two-hour trip on Saturday to participate in this year’s area drill competition.
Chief Petty Officer Joe Obleton has served as a judge in more than 50 drill competitions, including the NJROTC nationals in Daytona Beach, Fla. Along with Petty Officer First Class Santos Colon, the two are co-coordinators of the NJROTC volunteer events for NIOC Georgia.
“Being able to attend these drill events and interact with these high school students is very rewarding,” said Obleton. “We are able to influence the future Sailors, Marines, and other service members performing in these events.”
This year ’ s event consisted of teams from 14 high schools. The teams competed in six varieties of drill competitions, academic tests, and athletic contests. Sailors judged the high school NJROTC participants on uniform wear, level of knowledge, and marching skills in color guard, unarmed drill and armed drill.
Although the students were being judged on their performance the Sailors focused on setting an example for these high school students and leaving a lasting impression on them.
“ If we are going to judge these young men and women on their appearance, then we should look outstanding,” said Colon, co-coordinator of NIOC Georgia’s judges. “We are ambassadors for the Navy and our command.”
The Sailors from NIOC Georgia did make a great impression on the students, instructors, and guests who attended the drill competition and they were thanked during the competition’s closing ceremonies.
Based at Fort Gordon, NIOC Georgia’s mission is to provide information warfare and expert cryptologic personnel to fleet air, surface, submarine and special warfare combatants and to provide reachback and extended staff support to U.S. Central Command and U.S. European Command Joint Forces Maritime Component Commanders. NIOC Georgia is a subordinate command of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and comprises Task Force 1050 of the U.S. 10th Fleet.
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