Monday, September 11, 2017

Nations Ford High School Principal becomes part of #ArmyTeam

Nations Ford High School Principal Jason Johns in the air during his Golden Knight Tandem Jump.


Story by Sgt. Christopher Osburn
The flooding and storm damage caused by Hurricane Harvey have disrupted countless lives. With schools shut down or destroyed, many students are forced to travel farther distances to receive the education they want. One local school, however, is doing something to help. Nations Ford High School is raising money to help those students, and their principal is doing all he can to motivate them. 

“We raised $3000 on the first day,” said Jason Johns, the principal at the school. “And I told the students that if they matched that on the next day, I would jump from a plane.
On Thursday, Sept. 07, 2017, Johns tumbled out of an airplane at approximately 13,000 feet from the ground as part of an Army Reserve Tandem Jump Camp on McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Hopkins, S. C.

The three-day tandem jump camp, executed by the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, offered a unique opportunity to connect local community leaders with Army Reserve Ambassadors and bridge the gap between leaders, their professions and the Army Reserve. The event was sponsored by the 81st Regional Support Command and the U.S. Army Reserve.

The event also featured a small workshop where the guests can learn more about the Army Reserve and a drunk driving simulator.

40 plus individuals participated in the event, and once the jump was completed, they were all made honorary Army Reserve Ambassadors.

Johns said he was amazed by the many opportunities the Army Reserve offers and how very pro-educational the Army Reserve is.

“The opportunity the Army Reserve has, the places you can go, and the abundant skill sets that can be learned set up limitless opportunities,” he said.

About 10 % of the school is active in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program at the school.

Nations Ford has always supported the Armed Forces and is grateful for the opportunity to help others in need, said Johns.

The school raised $7,500 in three days and its goal is to raise 10,000 by the end of the week. Johns said that the money will be donated in such a way that the students who have been displaced will be able to spend it on their necessities.

 View the video of his jump below

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23NAFOwithTexas+Principal+Johns+jumping




Tuesday, September 5, 2017

New #ArmyTeam Soldier heads to basic training



My name is Dominique Huff, 18, from Blythewood, S.C. I graduated from Blythewood High School in 2016. My Army job will be as a Human Resource Specialist.
I joined the Army to start a career while gaining valuable job experiences. I also love to travel and experience new things.
I will be attending basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. To be prepared for basic, I have done light workouts to include running and weight lifting. I have also talked to many friends and family who have either been or are currently in the Army. They have helped me prepare so I know what to expect while at basic training.
My family is supportive of my decision to enlist since both of my parents are retired military.
For my time in the Army, I hope to gain confidence and discipline. My goal is to get in the best physical shape possible.


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