The unit has two instructors. COL DAVID L. BOWMAN is the senior army instructor and works primarily with the color guard. 1SG ROBERT L. BROWNFIELD is the assistant army instructor and works with the drill team and rifle team. Both instructors are retired from the army. The two instructors together bring forth over 20 years of educational experience working with the youth of our nation and over 60 years of military experiences.
Master Sergeant John E. Emerson, the original Army Instructor, and the founder of the Robert C. Byrd JROTC Department retired in 2003. He and his wife currently reside in Clarksburg.
The JROTC program helps to develop in each cadet good citizenship and patriotism; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; appreciation of the importance of physical fitness; and knowledge of basic military skills. Each cadet is expected to adhere to the highest of standards on and off campus.
As we grow the cadets are more involved with the activities at the school and community. The battalion has received the rating of "HONOR UNIT" Award. On our recent Brigade visit we maxed out the number of points a unit can receive on their yearly visit. This is truly the spirit of the unit.
Each JROTC cadet is committed to upholding the values which make this nation great. They understand that good citizenship is their goal and responsibility is their watchword. They represent not only the past and present, but they are the future. As residents of the 21st century, they are ready to take their earned place of leadership in their community, in the Armed Forces, in government, in education, in business, or with the executives of industry.
The instructors ask the students in every class to write down the most important lessons learned in JROTC. They were surprised at the out come. To see what the cadets have said, please go to the Most Important Lessons I've Learned page. You will be surprised!