Jenks Civil Air Patrol cadets train to honor tradition

Jenks Civil Air Patrol cadets train to honor tradition

March 12, Riverside Flight cadets began their first training to join the unit’s color guard team. The training, which took place at Tulsa Technology Center’s Riverside Campus, focuses on paying tribute to our nation’s colors and the hard work and loyalty of all service members. The initial training began with physical conditioning and team building exercises.

“We need to be on our game at all times during ceremonies,” stated Staff Sergeant Daniel Golden, one of the unit’s Leadership Officers. “You never know what curve balls will be thrown at us,” Golden continued. “We can practice for hours before a ceremony and then the venue might change something. It’s up to us to adapt to pay the utmost respect to those individuals we are honoring by pulling off that ceremony with precision.”

(L-R, in frame) Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Reyes, Cadet Staff Sgt. Burt, Cadet Senior Airman Kuerbitz, Cadet Staff Sgt. Shannon, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Daves and fellow color guard teammates end the night’s training with a team chant.
Credit: 1st Lt. Tamara Shannon, Oklahoma Wing

Cadets that make up a color guard play an important role in paying respect to both those who currently serve and those who have served in the Armed Forces.

(L-R) Guest instructor Ashley Sutherland, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Reyes, Cadet Staff Sgt. Shannon, Cadet Technical Sgt. Chouinard and Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Daves prepare for a team-building exercise during color guard training at Tulsa Technology Center’s Riverside Campus.
Credit: 1st Lt. Tamara Shannon, Oklahoma Wing

“Being a part of the color guard helps you to become an effective leader,” stated Lt. Col. Bailey Lunsford. “Learning to communicate verbally and nonverbally is a very valuable skill. I encourage all cadets to experience color guard training.”

Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Reyes (right) prepares to drill cadets during color guard training at Tulsa Technology Center’s Riverside Campus.
Credit: 1st Lt. Tamara Shannon, Oklahoma Wing

The unit’s color guard team has rallied around the sixth line of the sentinel’s creed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The sixth line of the creed reads, “My standard will remain perfection.” The youth who train to serve on the color guard learn, through striving for personal perfection, about duty, honor and respect. This shapes each one to be an individual whose character and actions are fashioned to reflect the honor that the colors deserve.

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