Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps

Tuba City MCJROTC recognized for community service

TUBA CITY, Ariz. – Flagstaff’s San Francisco Peaks Detachment of the Marine Corps League recognized last week the Marine Corps Junior ROTC at Tuba City High School for the group’s community service with parking and traffic control during the Coconino County Fair.

“What a squared-away group of cadets” said Erv Boren, a spokesman for the detachment, who presented a plaque to the students. “Their dress and demeanor sure makes the Marine Corps proud and they are worthy of our recognition and appreciation.”

The Marine Corps Junior ROTC Program was chartered in the high school in l973. It is one of 258 federally chartered programs serving high school students across the nation.

“The history of the Navajo Code Talkers inspires the students to enroll in the program,” said Sgt. Major Michael Johnson, an instructor in the program.

During World War II, Navajo Marines, with their rifles and their radios, engaged in a series of island-hopping campaigns that helped win the war in the Pacific. Using the Navajo language the code talkers created a communication code for Marine Corps combatants that the enemy never cracked.

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Image: Erv Boren presents an award to Cadet Captain Ariane Farnsworth in appreciation of Tuba City High School’s Marine Junior ROTC’s community service with parking and traffic control at the Coconino County Fair this year. Brianna Manygoats, executive officer, First Sergeant Taylor Haskon, Sergeant Major Duane Witt and Richard Herr look on. Photo/Pat Carr