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December 2018

March 2018

Welcome to the 5th Battalion where the Thunderbolts thrive! 

Since 1894 Manual High School has developed leaders from the best and brightest students on campus.  It is one of the oldest schools in the area, an institution deeply woven into the fabric of the community.  Manual was also one of the first schools in Denver, Colorado to educate African-Americans.

Well known people are The first black mayors of Denver, Wellington Webb, and Seattle, Norman Rice; boxer, poet, and activist Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales; Mayor Michael Hancock; Denver current Mayor; writer Ted Conover and National Public Radio correspondent Scott Horsley. Manual has excelled at basketball and baseball where they have produced players such as Michael Ray Richardson, Billy Lewis, Daniel Banuelos/Cortez, who went on to play college baseball, and LaVon Williams, who went on to a second career as a celebrated wood carver.  During WWII at least 50 Manual men and one teacher, Richard Orange, gave their lives in service.

It is our pleasure to welcome both new and returning students to the Army JROTC program.  This year’s Cadet Corps promises to be the best in living memory.  We have a strong pillar of returning Cadets and highly motivated freshmen who are eager to learn from our top-notch Cadet Leadership.

The Thunderbolt Battalion has a demonstrated history of 105 years of excellence in leadership development as proven by the outstanding Cadets in the program right now.  We look forward to continuing this tradition of distinction next semester and in the years to come.
Very Respectfully,
First Sergeant Eric Posey

Army Instructors, Military Science, Thunderbolt Battalion

JROTC Mission

“The mission of JROTC is to motivate young people to be better citizens.”

JROTC Calendar:


   April   May
25-Board of       Education   Color guard  7- Awards Ceremony  



27-Drill Meet

 12- Friends of Manual Breakfast
25- Graduation


The  JROTC Curriculum:

The JROTC curriculum, which fully or partially addresses a number of national academic standards – to include Common Core State Standards (CCSS) – includes course work on leadership, civics, geography and global awareness, health, and wellness, language arts, life skills, and U.S. history. The curriculum is based on the principles of performance-based, learner-centered education and promotes development of core abilities: capacity for life-long learning, communication, responsibility for actions and choices, good citizenship, respectful treatment of others, and critical thinking techniques.

More important than “what” is learned in JROTC is “how” it is learned. Every classroom is equipped with leading edge technologies to teach, assess, and report student progress. Teachers are trained to utilize a range of technologies and develop social/emotional skills, support academic content through gaming and simulations, and promote the role of social media. Thus, students engage in meaningful, purposeful activities that lead them to demonstrate success through a portfolio of accomplishments. A Cadet beginning the ninth grade might follow a course similar to the one below:

Education & Training
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Unit 1: Citizenship in Action Foundations of Army JROTC

Getting Involved

The Nation’s Defense Forces
Unit 2: Leadership Theory & Application Being a Leader Knowing How to Lead Leading Situations Leadership Lab
Unit 3: Foundations for Success Know yourself – Socrates

Study Skills

Communication Skills

Conflict Resolution

Teaching Skills

Making a Difference w/Service Learning

Career Planning

Planning Skills

Social Responsibility

NEFE High School Financial Planning Program

Unit 4: Wellness, Fitness, and First Aid Achieving a Healthy Lifestyle Cadet Challenge First Aid for Emergency and non-Emergency Situations Drug Prevention/Intervention
Unit 5: Geography, Map Skills & Environmental Awareness The Globe Maps, Map Reading and Land Navigation Orienteering

Air Navigation

Exploring the World
Unit 6: Citizenship in American History & Government You the People – Citizenship Skills

Your Job as an American Citizen

You the People – Citizenship Action Group Process

Founding and Growth of a Nation (history 1776 to present)

The Federal Judicial System

Sources of power

Advanced Citizenship and American History

In addition to a typical JROTC curriculum, Cadets may have the opportunity to participate in a number of co-curricular activities offered by JROTC:

  • JROTC Leadership Challenge and Academic Bowl (JLAB): a competitive program that imparts values of leadership and citizenship while preparing for higher education milestones like college entrance exams.
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Camps: a one week college residential program at STEM labs with interaction with college-level professors and graduate and undergraduate students.
  • JROTC Raider Challenge: A competitive program for JROTC Cadets in five different fitness and skill events.
  • Air Rifle Competitions: Marksmanship programs that promote teamwork, self confidence and marksmanship skills.
  • Drill Competitions: Programs for traditional drill formations including regulation and exhibition/pageantry categories.

5th Battalion Army Instructor 

The Army Instructors of JROTC are all retired Army personnel that have served over 20 years in the United States Army. They instruct and teach Cadets in the JROTC Classes, Rifle Marksmanship Class and Drill Practice Classes.

Army Instructor – 1SG Eric E. Posey

Years as an Instructor:  11

Office: (720) – 423 – 6358

Email: eric_posey@dpsk12.org

What do you want cadets to take away or learn while being in JROTC?

” Your attitude, determines your altitude.”



Battalion Staff  Members

The Battalion Staff is in charge of maintaining and organizing updates, events, and the materials of the 5th Battalion and its cadets.

Battalion Commander

Taonna Battalion Commander: Hello, I am the first  Taonna Hedgecock and I am the Battalion Commander of the 5th battalion,welcome to my bio. I am a Senior here at manual and this is my third year in JROTC, but my first year as being on staff. I joined this JROTC program because I thought it would be cool to try something new and step out of my comfort zone, plus my mom enrolled when she was in high school. Even though I don’t have as much experience as the other Cadets, I really like this program and because I like it so much when i graduate I’m going into the military (after college of course), I don’t know what branch yet but I know i want to go into one of the army branches. My hobbies outside of school are chillaxing with my family and hanging out at the mall with my friends. Some of the colleges I want to attend are Colorado university or Colorado university of Boulder either majoring in computer engineering or being a nurse for the injured.

 Martina XO: Hello, my name is Martina Chavez and i am the 2nd lieutenant executive officer (XO) of the 5th battalion, and welcome to my bio. I am a freshman at Manual High School and this is my first year in JROTC and also my first year being on staff. I joined this JROTC program because it is a good experience and also this JROTC program is making me a different person, meaning I have more respect also I gained so much confidence in myself. I like this program because it’s mostly about teamwork not only that, but how others make you feel welcome. My hobbies outside of high school is playing soccer, drawing and just being with the family. The colleges I want to attend to is Concorde Career College to focus only being Surgical Technology or Respiratory Therapy the other college I want to attend to is Colorado University to either play soccer or being a artist.  

Serenity Soutthivong S-1



Victoria s-3: Hello my name is Victoria Torres I am 14 years old and I am in the 9th grade, I am the s-3 for the 5th Battalion; I joined JROTC because I thought it would be a good experience, and JROTC has been, I have met and made new friends with amazing people because of JROTC. Outside of school I like to take care of my horse. After school I plan on going to college for 4 years after either join the air force or do something in criminal law. Dream big or go home.


Maria Hernandez S-5

Mario Gonzalez s-6: Hello I am cadet Mario Gonzalez i am the s6 in JROTC and the reason I joined JROTC was to meet new people and because my sister was in it and because of how successful she was in JROTC and things I like to do outside of school is play football, listen to music, and hang out with my friends and family because those are thing that make me happy in my life. And what I would like to do after high school is go to college and work in computer science and play football and if those things don’t work out I might join the army.



The 5th Battalion Teams and Activities

1st Semester Teams and Activities:

  • Rifle Team (Marksmanship)
  • Armed Exhibition Drill Team (Rifle Spinning)
  • Honor Platoon (Unarmed Exhibition)
  • Color Guard (Sycronized marching with colors/flags)
  • JLAB Team (Educational Testing and Trivia Team)
  • Raider Team (Physical Fitness, Orienteering, and event-based Team)

2nd Semester Teams and Activities:

  • HP Team
  • Armed Exhibition Drill Team
  • Honor Platoon
  • Color Guard
  • Honor Cadets (LET 1 Honor Roll Program)
  • Raider Team
  • JLAB Team

Possible Teams and Activities in the future:

  • PT Team (Pentatholon)