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A Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Program explanation will be presented to Mineral Wells school students at an 11 a.m. assembly Thursday, Sept. 18.
The assembly will for students in grades eight-11, both boys and girls
The assembly will feature individual speakers, presentation of colors and a precision drill team, concluding at noon.
Scheduled speakers are Mineral Wells High School Principal Jon Almeida; Jay Walsworth, MWISD assistant superintendent; AMVETS Commander Jim Vines; former ROTC graduates Mayor Mike Allen and retired Sgt. Ben Lathrop, AMVETS Vice Commander; retired Lt. Col. Stan Murphy, a Mineral Wells High School graduate; and retired Lt. Col. Richard Crossley, director of JROTC for the Fort Worth Independent School District.
Presentation of colors will be by JROTC cadets from Paschal High School, Fort Worth, three individual high school JROTC cadets from the mid-cities will speak to the assembly regarding the influence of the JROTC program on them, and the Armed Drill Team from Carter-Riverside High School, Fort Worth, will perform precision drill marching.
The hope is that enough students become interested. A minimum of 50 students are required by the Department of Army to begin the program.
After two years, 100 students will be required to be in attendance to continue the program. A target date for JROTC is the 2015 school year.
There is support from Mineral Wells ISD, community leaders, as well as local business owners.

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Parents or guardians will find a form available to fill out and return as soon as possible.
For questions, contact Jim Vines at 940-445-0734 or email jim.helpingveterans@ gmail.com.