Roma High JROTC Program Joins in Training with Battalions from Across RGV
For Cadet Major Jose “Tony” Alfaro, a senior at Roma High School and the Gladiator Battalion Commander, anytime we go to La Copa Ranch for any Raider event it is all about giving 100 percent. “You are trying to push yourself to the limit,” he said.
Tony and other JROTC Cadets from Roma High School, La Joya High School, West Osos High School, Zapata High School, Kingsville High School and several teams from the Edinburg CISD cadets came together at La Copa Ranch in Falfurrias, TX to participate in a pre-raider training event called “Operation Fishnet”. This event was not a competition, but a recruiting event to attract and keep kids in the JROTC programs and teach the basics for Raider.
“The event is a chance for the teams to work out some kinks before larger competitions later this fall,” said Lt. Col. Luis Barrera, one of Roma High School’s JROTC instructors. “This is our first chance to see what the new kids can do under competition style events. It gives them something to look forward to. The event also is good practice for the teams as they prepare for the upcoming Raider season this fall and spring time.”
Each school fielded two teams and practiced eight events — one-rope bridge, modified physical fitness test, Jeep Pull, Jacobs Latter, Knots, Tomahawk Bridge, Obstacle Course, Log Jam and a tug of war pull at the end. Students are timed on how quickly they make it through the event, but only for records. Barrera said the event was a good starter for new cadets and helps them get a feel for what Raider competitions are like.
Cadet Cpt. Yahir Flores, a junior at Roma High, was one the lead instructor for the one-rope bridge construction and his main goal was to teach others the art of the construction of a rope bridge. “It requires strength, physicality, teamwork and a little strategy,” he said.
Flores said the Roma High JROTC Program has helped him develop as a leader. He’s the Battalion S3 officer this year for the program. He liked the way the freshmen teams from all the schools worked together in the construction of the rope bridge.
“Everyone knew their role and performed their role,” he said.
The Instructors from all the school would like to thank the La Copa Cadre for the support and the great lunch meal they gave the schools. Also a shout out to one of our Roma parents, Isaac Barrera, for volunteering as the medic for the day.