Former NJROTC Students Return to Visit with Cadets

by Ronnie Zamora/LFCISD

Two former Los Fresnos High School Navy JROTC graduates returned to visit with current cadets Tuesday.

Marcos Rivera and Perla Rodriguez were Cadet Commanding Officers in the LFHS NJROTC in 2005 and 2007, respectfully. They were two of first cadets from Los Fresnos NJROTC who were accepted to the prestigious Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. Both received commissions as ensigns in the U.S.

Navy and progressed in their respective military occupational specialties (MOS).

Rivera and Rodriguez sat in the same desks and in the same building as the current cadets are today. They were able to share their experiences to both the JROTC classes and Falcon Law students about their time in the unit, time at the Naval Academy, their specific military experiences and current job duties.

Agent Rivera pursued an aviation career as a Navigational Flight Officer and flew on Command and Control aircrafts supporting combat aviation for 10 years. After departing the Navy, he joined the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, where he has been for the past three years assigned to the Rio Grande Valley sector.

LTJG Rodriguez was assigned as a Surface Warfare Officer and has been on several ships stationed at San Diego, Calif. and is currently assigned to Norfolk, Va. She has been a section leader responsible for several department sections on different ships. She is on track towards her next promotion of Lieutenant and accepting a position as a Department Head. Her goal is to be a career officer in the Navy.

The opportunities afforded by the Navy with a variety of career and technology jobs are endless.

“It was a privileged to have two fine cadets return to their Alma Mater with pride, successful stories and being able to answer many questions from curious cadets thinking about their futures,” NJROTC instructor Maj. David Arjona said.

“They truly represent the caliber of students that Los Fresnos graduates and serve our community and country with distinction as they shape the world.”

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