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NMC cadets continue march towards commissioning

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(NMC) — Despite the recent events that have caused closure of face-to-face classes across the Marianas and a significant disruption to everyday life, the ROTC Cadets at Northern Marianas College remain committed to seeing their goal of becoming Army officers come true.

Four cadets from the Northern Marianas College Reserve Officers’ Training Corps pose for a photo near the NMC sign on campus on Feb. 22, 2020.

From left, Gavin Pangelinan, A.J. Garon, Jeremiah Camacho and Bert Magallano.

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“It hurts to see my family struggle through tough times like this,” says Sophomore Cadet Jeremiah Camacho, “I use this situation as motivation to push through my studies in school and to push harder in my ROTC training and in preparation for becoming an Army officer in the future.”

This has been a busy semester for the cadets, and it included judging a high school ROTC drill competition as well as several beach cleanups. The NMC cadets also traveled to Guam in November for five days to participate in the combined NMC/ROTC Field Training Exercise or FTX with ROTC cadets from the Philippine military.

The support of other people is important for accomplishing goals during this time of crisis, and Gavin Pangelinan, who is also a sophomore cadet at NMC, said that “my parents have been extremely supportive,” and that “I also have to thank many of my peers in ROTC who motivate me to go that extra mile and challenge myself.”

According to Lt. Col. Thomas Anderson, the professor of military science and director of NMC’s ROTC program, “the dedication of the NMC cadets to accomplish their studies and continue to pursue their goal of becoming Army officers is remarkable. They haven’t wavered at all in their commitment to be the best leaders they can be, and they are really leaning on each other to get through this difficult time.”

Sophomore cadet Sean Japor had some words of wisdom for others who are trying to complete their high school or college courses via distance learning as he said, “Just do whatever it takes that will bring you to success and the pursuit of happiness. Although we are currently in a difficult time in our lives, just don’t give up because in the end it will be all worth the challenge.”

Northern Marianas College’s ROTC program is the premiere leadership development program in the CNMI, producing dynamic leaders for the Commonwealth, the Pacific, and the United States of America.

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