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Sprayberry NJROTC

Orientation 7/28-29 and Drill Camp 7/31

Posted in Uncategorized on July 14, 2014 by

Parents of new NJROTC Cadets for SY 2014-15,

Congratulations on having your son and/or daughter sign up for the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) program at Sprayberry High School. I am very excited as we continue to grow and improve our program this upcoming school year. Gunnery Sergeant Joe Ingram and I look forward to this challenge and the opportunity to work with your child. Rather than just teaching a class per day to students, we administer an overall program that emphasizes self-discipline, reliability, academics, physical conditioning and character development from day one. While in our program, your cadet will be able to earn promotions within our cadet ranks (from Cadet Seaman Recruit up to Cadet Commander). Additionally, cadets will be able to compete in our various teams in drill, athletics, academics and orienteering. Of course, just “showing up” won’t necessarily earn your cadet a letter or promotion. All of our cadets must personally earn everything they receive in NJROTC.
The purpose of this letter is to announce the opportunity for our new cadets to participate in the Annual NJROTC Orientation Camp, which will be held jointly with Lassiter High School at Sprayberry NJROTC, Room 706. The dates are Monday and Tuesday July 28 and 29 from 9am until 3pm each day. Our cadet leaders are developing an agenda that will detail each day’s activities. Attending our orientation will afford the students an excellent opportunity to transition into the NJROTC program. Bottom line, by attending, they will meet the NJROTC Instructors, get a better feel for the NJROTC program, meet fellow cadets and staff, learn basic drill movements and participate in athletic events. We will not be strictly enforcing grooming standards during the two days, but males must leave their earrings at home. We will discuss the grooming standards that will be strictly enforced during the school year (these standards are required by the U.S. Navy to enable a student to participate in the NJROTC program). We will have one session for parents (Monday 7/28 at 9am) which will be conducted by our Senior Naval Science Instructors. Our new cadets will also have an opportunity to participate in Drill Camp, which will take place on Thursday, July 31 from 9am until 3pm. Participation at all events is not mandatory but highly encouraged. Cadets should wear athletic clothing and running shoes and bring a bottle of water and a packed lunch each day.
There is no sugar coating the fact that NJROTC will be unlike any other class your son or daughter will experience. We will demand that our cadets maintain accountability and responsibility for their actions and performance. We will not be bashful about pointing out their shortcomings or failure to measure up to our standards. However, if they do well in JROTC, they will eventually earn an officer’s job and assist in running the unit, possibly earning scholarships at ROTC universities. They will learn leadership, teamwork and citizenship skills from a proven program that instills confidence and maturity.
So please send us an email at [email protected] or [email protected] if your son or daughter can attend. Thanks, and we look forward to meeting each and every one of you.

LCDR Dennis P. Wonders, USN (ret)
Senior Naval Science Instructor

NS2 Final Study Guide

Posted in Uncategorized on May 12, 2014 by

Finals will be on Tue May 20 (1st and 2nd Platoon) and Wed May 21 (3rd Platoon).

Questions will be from the following study guide:


Posted in Uncategorized on April 28, 2014 by

The annual awards banquet is this Saturday, May 3 at the Navy Lake Allatoona pavilion. We will serve lunch at 11am and begin the awards ceremony at noon. Cadets were sent home with paperwork to determine how many people will attend (electronic copy below). Cadet cost is free; $5 for each additional guest.

Dress is casual (t-shirt, shorts with swimsuit underneath)

From I-75 South: Exit I-75 at Exit 283. Turn left onto Old Allatoona Rd (turns into Santown Rd.) Continue on Sandtown Rd. for approx. 3.5 miles. The park will be located on the left side of road. —- From I-75 North: Exit I-75 at Exit 283. Turn right onto Old Allatoona Rd (turns into Santown Rd.) Continue on Sandtown Rd. for approx. 3.5 miles. The park will be located on the left side of road. Follow road through the park until you pass the boat ramp on right. Take next right onto the gravel road and follow up the hill to pavilion.

RSVP Form: awardsbanquetflyer


Posted in Uncategorized on April 28, 2014 by

Cady Studios will take individual photos of all uniformed cadets this Thursday, May 1st. Proofs will be sent home afterward giving parents the opportunity to purchase photos. These photos will also be used for the 2013-14 Sprayberry NJROTC composite picture board.

Military Ball

Posted in Uncategorized on April 18, 2014 by

Marietta Conference Center 500 Powder Springs St Marietta, GA 30064

Showtime is between 6-6:30pm. Doors will be locked at 7pm.

Ballroom building is on the right as you face the hotel.


Area 12 Drill Championship 3/1

Posted in Uncategorized on February 27, 2014 by

LOCATION IS COFFEE MIDDLE SCHOOL (NOT THE HIGH SCHOOL). New address: 901 Route 206, Douglas, GA 31533.

NJROTC Parents,

The Area 12 NJROTC 2014 Drill Championship is Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Coffee Middle School, 901 Route 206, Douglas, GA 31533. This meet gives our cadets the opportunity to compete amongst the 16 top units in Georgia and North Florida for a position in the NJROTC National Drill Championship.

DEPARTURE TIME: 3:30AM via school bus from the NJROTC parking lot at Sprayberry High School.

RETURN TIME: Midnight same location. Yes, it’s a very long day!!

PURPOSE: The opportunity to meet and compete with 16 different high school NJROTC units in close order drill, academic, military and athletic events with top 2 earning a national championship invitation.

SUPERVISION: Instructors and parent chaperones. Any parents that wish to chaperone and/or observe the events may do so. There are no bleachers for these events; it is advisable to bring chairs.

COST: Lunch and dinner will be provided to cadets. Spending money will be necessary if they want extra food.

ATTENDANCE to this event is mandatory for 40 selected cadets. Thank you!

DRESS: Cadets should wear Sprayberry NJROTC sweats and pt gear with athletic shoes. They will hand- carry their uniforms in provided garment and duffel bags onto the bus.

QUESTIONS: Contact GYSGT Ingram at 678-617-4639 or LCDR Wonders at 404-849-5635.

Please sign and return the Agreement of Indemnity below to serve as permission for your cadet to attend this event.

Most respectfully,
LCDR D.P. Wonders


WHEREAS the NJROTC Unit, Coffee High School, 159 Trojan Way, Douglas, GA, hereinafter called Indemnities have agreed to sponsor the Area 12 Drill Championship to be held on 01 March 2014 at Coffee Middle School and to permit

Name of NJROTC Cadet

to participate in said Drill Meet and to use various buildings, athletic fields, gymnasiums, transportation equipment, health and physical fitness facilities, and training devices, etc., at the Coffee Middle School, and any other facilities associated with this event.

Name of Parent or Guardian

is desirous of holding indemnities free from any and all claims whatsoever arising out of the use of the above detailed facilities or any other facilities at Coffee Middle School/ Coffee County Board of Education.

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the aforementioned action by Indemnities, the above named Parent or Guardian indemnifies indemnities and holds them, their agents, and instrumentalities, employees and successors harmless from any and all torts, claims, or liability, or other casualty, whatsoever to the above named cadet or to any other party, person or property, caused or occasioned by the use of any such facilities or equipment, negligence due to imperfection in said facilities or equipment, negligence of Indemnity, or other person or party, or for any other cause.

The action of the Indemnities in allowing the above named cadet to participate in the NJROTC Area 12 Drill Championship and to use the facilities shall signify acceptance of this offer of indemnity.

It is also certified that the above named cadet is fully covered by a valid insurance program for any and all injuries that could result from the activities and events of this Drill Meet.

____________________________ ___________________________
Parent or Guardian Signature SNSI/NSI Certification/Witness

Area 12 Orienteering Championship 2/1

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30, 2014 by

Orienteering Championship is Saturday 2/1 at Ft Yargo State Park, Winder, GA. We will depart Sprayberry at 6:30am. Runners and run times are as follows:

English Armand 8:02 Yellow
Greenwell John 9:04 Yellow
Christy Bryan 9:12 Green
Barnard Doug 9:18 Orange
Mabry Justin 10:10 Yellow
Curtis Caroline 10:18 Orange
Wade Ethan 10:24 Green
Tenny Grace 11:10 Yellow
Roberts Chase 11:18 Orange
Trono Abigail 11:28 Yellow

Please print and sign the following Agreement of Indemnity form for participation:

We should be back to Sprayberry around 2:30pm. Good luck to our Orienteers!

NS-2 Final

Posted in Uncategorized on December 16, 2013 by

The NS-2 Almost There will be on Wed, Dec 18. The final will be on Thur, Dec 19 for 1st and 2nd Platoons and on Fri, Dec 20 for 3rd Platoon.

The final will consist of 25 randomly selected questions from the following study guide:

NS2 MH Final Study Guide

Pearl Harbor Orienteering Meet at Red Top 11/3

Posted in Uncategorized on November 1, 2013 by

We will depart Sprayberry at 7:45am sharp and return around 1:30pm.

Orienteers should get the following agreement of indemnity form signed:


2013 Area Manager Inspection and Ceremony

Posted in Uncategorized on October 22, 2013 by

Sprayberry NJROTC is conducting its Annual Inspection and Ceremony on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 in the main gym at Sprayberry High School at 10am sharp. All parents, family and friends of cadets are cordially invited to attend. The ceremony will include drill exhibition, awards, remarks from our Principal and Area Manager and a formal Pass-In-Review of the entire NJROTC Unit. This is a great opportunity to recognize your cadet and to show your support for this great program. Attendees should report to the front office for a visitor’s pass and be seated in the gym by 9:55am.

START/END TIME:   Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 10:00am – 10:50am.

PURPOSE:  Cadets will perform and receive awards from our Area Manager, CDR Rustie Hibbard.

DRESS:  Cadets: Navy Service Uniform (khaki shirt, black pants, black cover). Guests: Business casual.

ATTENDANCE: to this event and the morning inspection is mandatory for all cadets.

 QUESTIONS:  Contact LCDR Wonders at [email protected]

Please use, detach and return the attached form to serve as a head-count for this event, even if you will not attend, please return with “0” as number in party. Return by Monday, October 28:

2013 AI RSVP