Navy Training Command Uses Video-Teleconferencing to Teach NJROTC Cadets
Jan 28, 2013 (DEFENSE DEPARTMENT DOCUMENTS AND PUBLICATIONS/ContentWorks via COMTEX) --
Story Number: NNS130128-04
Release Date: 1/28/2013
By Michael F. Miller, Naval Service Training Command Public Affairs
GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) -- The commander of Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) served as a guest lecturer via video-teleconference (VTC) from his headquarters here to Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) cadets from North Cobb High School, Kennesaw, Ga., Jan. 25.
Rear Adm. (select) Dee L. Mewbourne, who directly oversees the NJROTC program, conducted a leadership class and a question and answer period with the North Cobb and Harrison High Schools joint unit.
This was the first time NSTC has used VTC technology to communicate with NJROTC units.
With an eye on cost savings, NSTC is looking to use VTC technology to reach out to cadets around the world without traveling away from Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill.
"We are trying a new technology that will get me into more NJROTC units," said Mewbourne. "This is the first time we have attempted to use VTC in a classroom setting and I look forward to all feedback as we expand to other units."
"This is something the cadets will never forget and it's good to have Rear Adm. (select) Mewbourne teach the class on leadership," said retired Cmdr. Joel Reaves, senior naval science instructor for the North Cobb/Harrison unit. "It's nice for the cadets to actually have a conversation with the man who runs the program."
NSTC Citizenship Development officials are now looking at scheduling other units in the future, based on time and the technology available.
"Rear Adm. (select) Mewbourne was very inspiring and I learned a lot on how to be a good leader," said Cadet Seaman Joseph Congemi, a sophomore from Kennesaw, Ga. "This technology is great in that it allows all NJROTC cadets the opportunity to talk to the admiral."
NJROTC is a citizenship program that instills service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment in students in United States secondary educational institutions. The NJROTC program teaches cadets self-discipline, self-confidence and leadership skills to help meet life's challenges, and helps prepare them for life after high school, regardless of what career path they decide to take. NSTC oversees more than 580 NJROTC units worldwide.
For more information about NJROTC, visit https://www.njrotc.navy.mil/.
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