The Lebanon Trail High School Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) held their 2nd Annual Awards Banquet on May 2, 2022. Maj. Gary Billings, USMC (retired), senior naval science instructor, invited members of Post 178 to attend to present American Legion excellence medals.
Commander John Stammreich and Adjutant Jose Torres Sr. presented medals and certificates to two distinguished cadets. Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Jake N. Tramel, Lebanon Trail High School, was awarded the American Legion Military Excellence Medal. Jake will attend the United States Merchant Marine Academy and plans to become a naval aviator. Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Kai J. Schlabach, Reedy High School, was awarded the American Legion Scholastic Excellence Medal. Kai will attend the University of Arkansas on an Air Force ROTC scholarship and plans to join its cyberwarfare program.
The mission of the Cadet Corps is to motivate young people to become better citizens and effective leaders. The teaching goals of both the Cadet Corps and the Post 178 Americanism programs have identical focuses: leadership, teamwork, personal responsibility, a sense of accomplishment and service to the nation. American values and patriotism are also highlighted in both programs.
Classique Jewelers, an active post supporter, donated medal engraving.