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I've always wanted to hashtag. Being my age, and we will keep that a big secret, I've never really understood the need for a hashtag but nonetheless I figured it was a way to get the cadets attention and the parents (in the hopes that you don't understand it anymore than I do). So the end of the year is our time to attempt to get organized. You can ask any of the seasoned cadets - we do it every year. When you run a program with 170+....yes, I said 170+ cadets organization is key. It's almost impossible but it's key.

I thought this would be a good time to introduce "the blog". I spend more time answering questions about what's happening, what's going to happen, why it's happening, how it's happening and when it's happening. I text it...but then you all delete your texts. I put it on Remind...and you can't find it again. I email it...and well, most of you don't check your emails. So this is another effort to get information out.

Let's start with the basics...and let's be honest...this is more for the parents. We have 2 Battalions and every cadet is assigned to 1. It's pretty simple, you are in 1 or 2. We have 1 Chief (that's the main cadet), under him there is a Deputy (that's #2), then each Battalion has a Battalion Chief. There are 2. There are 12 companies...6 in Battalion 1 and 6 in Battalion 2. Every company has a Captain and a Lieutenant. Everyone should have their Chief, Deputy Chief, Battalion Chief, Captain and Lieutenant's phone numbers in their phones. These are the people that you should contact for everything. Parents, I know you are tempted, but please, please, please have your child contact their respective officer. It's called the "chain of command" and it really works.

I want to say thank you to the cadets and the parents for understanding that we are just like you. We volunteer our time and we make mistakes. It's not intentional...we are just human. So, if you find that we've done something wrong....tell us. Trust me, we will appreciate it. We may not always be able to fix it but we will try. Welcome to our blog. I hope you find it helpful.

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