Top dog during Woodbridge JROTC Career Week was named Russell, from the Dulles Airport bomb squad
Posted on 10/11/2018
Picture of bomb-sniffing dog with police officerFirst-person accounts of career experiences top the agenda every year when Woodbridge High School’s Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) cadets think ahead to life after graduation. The cadets bring in experts during “Career Week” to learn about career options and the skills, knowledge, and education required to succeed in their chosen fields.

“The most popular session featured a Weimaraner named ‘Russell,’ and K-9 Officers Lieutenant Steven Cronberry and Corporal Matthew Warner, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Force,” said Lieutenant Colonel Victor Burnett (Retired), senior Army instructor at Woodbridge High School. “The most unique specialty area was that of superintendent of schools, and we were pleased to have our own Superintendent Dr. Steve Walts as a presenter.”

Cadet Private Nicolas Melendez, a freshman, came away with a firm resolve to achieve academically after hearing from professionals in law enforcement, engineering, medicine, education, and hospitality, among other fields. “You have to work and make sacrifices to get what you want in life,” Melendez said. “You have to think about and prepare for your future, so you don’t lose yourself ‘winging it’.”

Cadet Second Lieutenant Caleb Kitchens, the Viking Battalion Personnel Officer and Raider Team Commander, plans to pursue nursing. “The best part of career week was learning about the career I am eager to pursue,” he said. “Choosing a specific career path early in my post-secondary schooling, and what classes to take, will help me succeed.”

Students join the JROTC program for a variety of reasons; all emerge from the three- or four-year program with a sense of accomplishment from participating in community service, gaining leadership and fundamental skills to better prepare for college and careers, earn scholarships, and work as a member of a team. Their academic study covers history, human behavior, leadership, citizenship, communication, first aid, and geography and map reading.

Learn more about PWCS JROTC programs.