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Military Affairs

The Port City has been a key location for the American military since General Andrew Jackson made camp in 1813 near what is now Royal Street in downtown Mobile. Since that time, numerous active and reserve units from all branches of the service have been assigned to Mobile. Mobile is currently home to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Mobile District), the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile, and the U.S. Coast Guard Air Training Center (ATC), as well as U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Army Reserve, and Alabama National Guard units.

The Mobile area boasts a high concentration of Veterans and Veterans are an integral part of business in Mobile. The Veterans’ Service Organizations throughout the area are active along with the Mobile Area Chamber that supports an annual Military Appreciation Lunch in the Spring and a Veterans Day lunch in the Fall.

The Chamber recognized VT MAE and its Chief Operating Officer Bill Hafner at the Military Appreciation Luncheon for its support of military interests in our region. Located at Brookley Aeroplex, this international provider of aircraft maintenance and modification services, has called Mobile home for 25 years. Among its more than 1,000 employees, many are members of the military.

To quote Hafner, “the military provides excellent leadership and hands-on training; we know the veterans we hire have received the required skill set that leads to a natural progression into the aviation industry. Because of the values, work ethic, dependability and integrity that is instilled in these men and women during their service years, they transition well into the civilian environment and make valuable employees.”

U.S. Army ROTC – University of South Alabama

Mobile County High School JROTC

The mission of JROTC is: “To motivate young people to be better citizens!” In the State of Alabama, JROTC falls under Career & Technical Education (CTE). Within CTE, JROTC is assigned to the “Government and Public Administration” cluster, one of sixteen such clusters. The program’s activities help students develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success. Essential skill sets taught include decision making, teamwork, discipline, personal responsibility, consensus building, selfless service and mission accomplishment.

12 High School JROTC Programs (11 Army & 1 Navy) 1900+ Students Enrolled in JROTC Largest CTE Program in State 30 Highly Qualified Instructors (600+ years experience) 125 Cadets participated in annual Junior Cadet  Leadership Camp at Fort McClellan, AL 17 Cadets participated in STEM Camp Mississippi State University 48 Cadets participating in Junior Leadership Development Conference (JLDC) 28 Instructors earned American Heart Association CPR Instructor credentials 28 Instructors certified to teach NEFE (National Endowment for Financial Education) JROTC offers Credentialing Certificates to Cadets  successfully completing 3 years of program 22,918 Hours of Community Service Performed 14,505 Hours dedicated to Service Learning Projects 100+ Color Guard Presentations throughout  Mobile Community and Surrounding Area 12 JROTC programs in City Veterans Day Parade Numerous Academy Appointments and ROTC scholarships earned annually by cadets

LTC Frank Barrow USA (Ret) – Director

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