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Roosevelt's LTC James E. Rose inducted into Hall of Fame

James Rose

LTC James E. Rose

The National Military Drill Competition took place this summer in Daytona Beach, Florida, and LTC (ret.) James E. Rose was recognized for his many years of assisting young people in becoming mature adults. Rose's record of performance is incredible; six out of seven years the girls' team won first place along with a four-year winning streak for the boys' team. This is competition against all services.

LTC James Rose was used to long days and pressure situations long before his JROTC career began. Serving one tour in Korea and two in Vietnam, LTC Rose left the active-duty Army with a Silver Star, Combat Infantry Badge, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. But then he took control of the Roosevelt High School Drill Program in 1982, the magic soon followed when he was hired to run the JROTC program at the campus.

"I loved my time in the U.S. Army, however teaching JROTC was more rewarding," stated LTC Rose. "You really get to see young people mature and become responsible citizens. A young freshman joins and develops into a young man or woman. Drill is a big part of this maturation. Drill to me, is the most import subject we teach. Competitiveness, discipline, and self-assurance are all gained from drill".

His love of drill as a tool was only outdone by his love of the cadets who excelled under his leadership. He was relentless in his pursuit to drill by the manual. Without question, NHSDTC (National High School Drill Team Championships) Competition Director Justin Gates learned a great deal about the nuances of drill and the military manuals from some of the long discussions held with this amazingly knowledgable and approachable figure.

Roosevelt drill team

Pictured in the back right, LTC Rose takes a photo with his six-time National Champion Riderettes.

His gift was his ability to spot areas for improvement and put forth teaching instruction that made all involved feel like they were part of the solution. This gave the drill teams under his command a bond that made the teams stronger and want to work harder than any other teams in drill and this showed in their near domination of the sport for over a decade.

The foundation he laid was exceptional and resulted in three more national titles after his retirement in Dec. 1997. LTC Rose was without a doubt a driving force in the early maturation of the National Military Drill Competition to become the premiere event it has become today. The domination and overall love of the event and the sport of competition drill was a motivation in his life, and in the lives of the cadets who thrived in his program and beyond.

Courtesy: The National High School Drill Team Championships & Sports Network International

Posted on July 23, 2013