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On February 2nd and 3rd, the Bomber Battalion of the Mountain Home School NJROTC competed at the Shawnee Mission North drone and drill meet, hosted by the Shawnee Mission North High School NJROTC, in Shawnee Mission, Kansas .
Competing against several top-tier Navy JROTC units, the Bomber Battalion Drone Team took First Place Overall at the drone competition. Cadet Lieutenant Ethan Darracq flew into individual first in resupply and third place in the lap race, leading his team to first place in both events. The team took four personal medals including Cadet Lieutenant Justin Kubistek’s first place medal in the slalom race and third place medal in relay race. Other contributing team members were Cadet Lieutenant Commander Justin Rula and Cadet Lieutenant Ivy Hartman.
During the drill portion of competition, Academic team commander, Cadet Lieutenant Dylan Prins led his team to a third place showing on the Academic Exam, and Cadet Lieutenant Commander Ryan Amick led his team to a third place showing in the Armed Exhibition competition. The Bombers drill teams finished in fifth place overall, closing out their Navy JROTC drill season ranked 5th of over 60 units in the area, covering all of Arkansas as well as portions of states spanning from Tennessee to New Mexico.
As the Bombers’ Navy drill season comes to a close, the Battalion looks forward to the next level of drill competition. The Battalion will begin the interservice drill season starting with the Grizzly Meet, at the Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas on February 16th and 17th. This event will see them compete against teams from Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force JROTC units, showcasing their prowess in drill, marksmanship, and raiders competitions. The interservice drill season will culminate in the Bombers competing at the 2024 All High School Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida at the beginning of May.
Furthermore, the excitement continues as the Bomber Battalion prepares to host the third annual Area 13 Regional drone championship, aptly named Drone-agedon, on February 24th. Drone teams from Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas will all compete multiple competitions of aerial acrobatics with commercial drones of varying size and capabilities. Drone missions will include lap races, obstacle courses, relay races, slalom races, and drone soccer. Drone-agedon will be held on the Mountain Home Junior High campus starting at 8 am. All Bomber fans are encouraged to come cheer for their local NJROTC drone teams.
The excitement doesn’t end there. The Mountain Home NJROTC Battalion is thrilled to announce the Inaugural Baby Bomber Invitational on April 5th and 6th. This Baby Bomber is an interservice, novice drill competition that gives first year cadets from Navy, Army, Marine, and Air Force JROTC units across the state of Arkansas the opportunity to display their newfound skills in all things JROTC. The two day competition will include a shoulder-to-shoulder air rifle shooting match, both armed and unarmed drill competitions, an academic brain brawl, a fitness challenge, and a STEM challenge presented by the Bomb Squad, Mountain Home High School’s robotics team.
As the Bomber Battalion continues to excel on both local and regional stages, they invite all supporters to join them in celebrating their achievements and witnessing the next generation of cadets rise to the occasion. With dedication, teamwork, and a commitment to excellence, the Bomber Battalion exemplifies the spirit of leadership and camaraderie within the NJROTC community.