Veterans Corner: NJROTC drill, rifle competition comes to Port Angeles

The Port Angeles High School NJROTC will host the Northwest Drill and Rifle Division Competition at the school located at 304 E. Park Ave. in Port Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 10, beginning at 9 a.m. Seven teams will participate in the competition. There will be different competitions throughout the day culminating in an awards ceremony with trophies going to the top three teams.

A schedule of events is at

Judges are active duty members of the Coast Guard, Marines, Army and Navy. Concessions will be available for purchase. Weather permitting there will be static displays of Coast Guard and Army helicopters.

The NJROTC “Roughrider Company” is a highly decorated unit of 120 cadets. The unit has been annually awarded the Distinguished Unit Award since 2006 and is the current overall Northwest Drill and Rifle State Champion. The unit is led by Captain Jonathan Picker, USN (Ret.), Senior Naval Science Instructor, and Senior Chief Justin Beck, USN (Ret.).

All are welcome to attend the events and cheer our local cadets on to victory! This is a great opportunity to see the next generation show off their “stuff.”

Take time for tea

Michael Trebert Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their annual George Washington Tea on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m.

Awards will be presented for Community Service, NJROTC Female Cadet, Conservation and Essay. Food and beverages will be served.

General George Washington will attend and make remarks. If you have questions email me at

Memorial for Bruce Barker

William “Bill” Bruce Barker, Commander of the Sequim VFW, passed away Jan. 20. A memorial will be held at the Sequim VFW Hall, 169 E. Washington St., on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m. All are welcome to attend to honor the memory of Commander Barker. The Senior Vice Commander Neil Gamroth will become Commander until April elections.

Heart-felt thanks

Many thanks to Jerry Rettela and Chuck Gagnon of the Korean War Veterans for distributing more than 1,200 Valentines to the U.S. Coast Guard Base, Bremerton Naval Hospital, the Washington State Veterans Home in Port Orchard, American Lake Veterans Hospital, Madigan Veterans Hospital, the USO at SeaTac and Puget Sound Regional Veterans Hospital in Seattle.

Thanks go to Drennan & Ford Funeral Home for asking the local schools to prepare and make Valentines and for collecting them under Operation Valentine. What a wonderful way to let sick and wounded veterans know they are thought about and loved.

Contributors: American Legion, Carl Bradshaw,; MOAA & DAR, Lorri Gilchrist,; Marine Corps League, Mark Schildknecht,; Korean War Veterans, Jerry Rettela,; Fleet Reserve Association, Marty Arnold,; Voices For Veterans, John Brasch,; VFW Neil Gamroth,

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