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Thunderbolts Headed to National Competition
Friday, 18 January 2013

January 18--  Junior ROTC cadets from the local Thunderbolt Regiment are headed to national drill team competition hosted by the U.S. Army in Louisville, Kentucky.

Command Sergeant Major (Retired) David Draughn says it's a feather in the cap to be selected for the competition.

"Most schools won't even apply until they've been in operation for four or five years.  This is our second year.  We want to represent the local communities to the best of our ability.  This is one of the few things where we can brag, hopefully, that we are bringing a national championship home to Vidalia, Montgomery, Toombs and Treutlen High School and that's nothing to sneeze at," he notes.

Four teams of Thunderbolt cadets will make the trip to the national competition in April and compete with a hundred other schools.

"We're working on keeping the same kids in the same squads and having them work together to tighten the teamwork up.  I guarantee you that one person can spoil the show here.  The difference between first place and third place is a thousandths of a point, it's like the Olympics. We're trying to approach our training program with that in mind," CSM Draughn says.

Thunderbolt cadets are competing in a regional drill competition January 26 in Liberty County and will host a drill meet in Vidalia February 2 as part of their preparation for nationals where they'll be judged by active duty U.S. Army drill sergeants.

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