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WACH commander speaks at cadet ball
Col. Paul Cordts, commander of Winn Army Community Hospital, speaks at the LCHS JROTC Military Ball. - photo by Photo provided.
Col. Paul Cordts, commander of Winn Army Community Hospital, spoke to 200 JROTC cadets, students and staff from Liberty County High School at the annual Cadet Military Ball on Saturday, Nov. 6.
During the colonel’s speech, he emphasized the importance of the core Army values to the lives of the cadets and students. He used the Lewis and Clark Expedition to further explain the importance of the values, showing how important they can be to anyone, not just cadets and students, but as well as to some of our country’s greatest hero’s. He himself is an example of how the values can help one in life, in that he was able to attend college for free, using a ROTC scholarship.
Cordts was accompanied to the event by the Hospital’s command sergeant major, CSM Thomas Wrighton. Both he and Cordts received specially minted coins, in honor of the occasion. The coins were engraved with the phrase, “Hoo’ah! It’s an Army thing.” Cordts also received with a Combat Medic coin in honor of his service in the Army, as well as a 6th Brigade Cadet Command coin.
The ball also featured the announcement of the JROTC prince, princess, king and queen. The winners were Cadet 2nd Lt. Kenyan Richardson for prince, Cadet 1st Sgt. Ashley Clark for princess, Cadet Capt. Earnest McGregor for king and JROTC battalion commander, Cadet Lt. Col. Kiara Johns for queen. The ball was to help enforce the JROTC mission statement: “…JROTC is to motivate young people to be better citizens.”
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