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North East ISD - JROTC Staff & History


Henson, Robert Col


Colonel Robert Henson
Director of Army Instruction
(210) 804-7136
Fax:  (210) 805-5350

  1. SGM (R) Ramon Lara Operation & Training NCO
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John Kellar, 1SG

1SG (R) John P. Kellar
Military Property Manager




The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) was established in the North East Independent School District in 1968 for Robert E. Lee, Douglas MacArthur, Winston Churchill, and Theodore Roosevelt High Schools. Subsequently, the program at James Madison High School was authorized in 1983. The program expanded further when Ronald Reagan High School received recognition in 2000 and Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School in 2008.
Over the years, JROTC has evolved into a leadership and citizenship program devoted to uplifting American youth morally, physically and educationally. Although the program retained its military structure and the resilient ability to infuse in its students a sense of discipline, self confidence and order, it shed most of its military component. The study of leadership skills, ethics, citizenship, communications, science, technology, health, life skills and other subjects designed to prepare young men and women to take their place in adult society replaced instruction in the military skills as the core of the programs. The core curriculum of knowledges and skills prepare young men and women to be better citizens and leaders in their post secondary education or in the work place.
Our high school JROTC programs are nationally recognized in the areas of drill competition and our men’s and women’s drill teams from Roosevelt, Churchill, MacArthur and Reagan have collectively won more national titles than any other school district in the nation. We have many nationally ranked Air Rifle Marskmanship competitior and routinely place many of our graduates into all of the military service academies to further their post secondary educations. Some of our cadets do choose to enter the military as a career while capitalizing on the educational and vocational opportunities available in service to our nation.

“Building tomorrow’s leaders today!”