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On Saturday, January 13th, the Mountain Home NJROTC Bomber Squadron will host the first annual Bomber Classic drill competition at the Mountain Home Junior High campus. Seven JROTC units from across Arkansas and surrounding states, including Navy, Army, and Airforce units, will take on the Bomber Battalion in Armed and Unarmed Regulation Drill, Armed and Unarmed Exhibition Drill, Competition Color Guard, Uniform and Personnel Inspection, Academic, and Physical Training events. The Bomber Classic is a regional qualifier which will advance the top three teams to the regional championship at Shawnee Mission, Kansas in February. The Battalion encourages fans to arrive at 0800 to cheer on and support your Bombers!
So far this drill season, the Bomber Battalion finished second place overall as the top performing team from the state of Arkansas at the annual Willard, Missouri Drone and Drill competition in November, and are coming off a first place overall win in their last drill meet at the annual Alma High School Airedale Invitational last month.
On Friday, the NJROTC unit received a generous donation from Priscilla and Curtis Grant of $5,000 to cover the cost of hosting the drill meet on Saturday as well as upcoming events later this spring. In addition to the Bomber Classic drill meet, the battalion will host the annual Drone-agedon regional drone championship for Area 13 on Saturday, February 24th, as well as the first ever Baby Bomber Invitational drill meet in April.
Both Priscilla and Curtis Grant are residents of the Twin Lakes Area and Mr. Grant is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. The Grants have been the battalion’s strongest supporters in recent history, donating in excess $18,000 over the last three years. The NJROTC unit could not have accomplished the revitalization of the program without the continued support of donors like the Grants. The Bomber Battalion continues to use contributions from the community to develop cadets into young leaders in their sphere of influence as well and dominate in competitions as the premier NJROTC unit in Arkansas.