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JROTC cadets to learn more about military heroes

Ben Wright

benw@ledger-enquirer.com

Retired Lt. Col. Roger Barros, at left, presents U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. an award during the JROTC Centennial Ball Saturday. At right is David Lewis, superintendent of the Muscogee County School District.
Retired Lt. Col. Roger Barros, at left, presents U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. an award during the JROTC Centennial Ball Saturday. At right is David Lewis, superintendent of the Muscogee County School District.

Retired Army Lt. Col. Roger Barros, director of Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps for the Muscogee County School District, has been named to the Honorary Board of Directors at Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame.

 Barros has guided the JROTC program, known as the Lighthouse Brigade of the Muscogee County School District, since January 2015. As JROTC coordinator for the Hall of Fame, Barros said cadets will be at Hall of Fame events, serving as color guards, escorts and in other support services.

-Established in 2013, the Hall of Fame honors Georgia Veterans and creates awareness of the true meaning of heroes. Veterans are inducted each year into the Hall of Fame during an awards banquet in Columbus.

-Barros said he’s honored to be part of the board for two reasons. “ First, this Hall of Fame is comprised of true heroes and serves as one of Georgia’s finest treasures,” he said. “Secondly, the GMVHOF provides a tremendous educational opportunity for our JROTC cadets. The most significant teachable moment for the cadets is learning what selfless service and sacrifice are all about.”

-This year, cadets will have a project to find viable candidates for nomination to the Hall of Fame and a role in the ceremony. “This is a spectacular collaborative opportunity for all involved,” Barros said.

-In his role as director, Barros oversees programs in Muscogee County with about 1,500 students along with Stewart and Chattahoochee counties.

- Retired Army Col. Paul Longgrear, founder and director of the Hall of Fame, said the collaboration will introduce young people to heroes.

- “From now on, he is going to be over all JROTC activities for the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame,” said Longgrear, a Vietnam veteran and member of the Ranger Hall of Fame.

- The collaboration will be good for the Hall of Fame and hopefully make an impact on young cadets. “Hopefully, those kids will start realizing who real heroes are,” he said. “I don’t have anything against entertainers and athletes and all that.”

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