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Hayden Blevins is the battalion commander for Rider’s JROTC.

Q/A with JROTC battalion commander Hayden Blevins

October 28, 2022

For many seniors, they will leave behind good memories and friendships when they graduate. If you ask Battalion Commander Hayden Blevins what he will miss after graduation, his answer would be JROTC.

Blevins has been in JROTC for four years and was promoted to the rank of battalion commander. Rider chronicle sat down and talked to Blevins about  his experience in  JROTC and his plans after he graduates.

Q:What makes JROTC special to you? 

A:I get to do training and I learn a lot about the military.

Q:How long have you been in JROTC and is there any particular reason you have been in JROTC this long?               

 A:I have been doing JROTC for four years and that’s how I became battalion commander.I love to help serve others and I love to do color guard at games.

Q:Has JROTC taught you any specific skills or lessons that you remember?

A:Yeah, it has taught me a lot of discipline and to always help out anyway you can. To be a good citizen and don’t do anything stupid.

Q:What’s your favorite memory from JROTC?

A:I don’t really have a favorite memory, everything we do is just awesome.

Q:How do you think you have changed since your freshman year?

A:I changed probably because of just how much work I’ve put into JROTC. How I was as a freshman as a rank compared to how I am now.

Q:What are some things you’ll miss after you graduate?

A:I will definitely miss JROTC.

Q:Are there any specific goals you have for your senior year or after you graduate?

A:I want to own a business, and be successful. I also want to be a first responder to help out people

Q:Are there any final words you’d like to let your team know? 

A:They have been the best Battalion I’ve ever been commander for and i’m going to miss them.

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