Kids' special needs
Holders chosen top Family
One child gave back the Family’s citation. Another attempted to wrestle her way out of going onstage. And two more hid their faces – one behind his daddy’s knee and the other, with her sweater pulled over her head.
The children may not have been all that impressed with the honor of being nominated to become Fort Jackson’s 2015 Family of the Year, but 14 sets of parents eagerly awaited the announcement at the Solomon Center on Friday afternoon.
And when it came, “supermom” Christina Holder marched steadily to the stage – she had worried she would trip from nervousness – along with her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Robert and their three girls: Emily, 13; Whitney, 11; and Samantha, 8.
“My stomach’s in knots,” Christina Holder had said beforehand. It’s the “anticipation of (not) knowing and thinking, ‘If you’re good enough …’ ”
USC salutes the military during football extravaganza
Drill sergeants put cadets through their paces
“Column right, march!”
“Left flank, march!”
These are commands you’d expect to hear at Fort Jackson, but they came from high school students at the Midland Area Drill/Rifle Team League competitions at Lower Richland High School.
Junior ROTC cadets from nine of 12 area high schools with JROTC programs recently faced judging on exhibition, regulations and color guard performance by drill sergeant candidates from the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Academy.