Meet MHS JROTC Leadership

Eric Posey

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”

― Theodore Roosevelt

About 1SG (R) Eric E. Posey: First Posey serves as the Military Science Teacher (AKA, Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp Instructor for Manual High School since 2007). First Sergeant Posey is a distinguished retired Army Veteran of 22 years.

Some of his awards include the Bronze Star Medal and the Drill Sergeant Badge. His education includes an Associate of Arts degree from Central Texas College, a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Education degree from The State University of New York. First Sergeant Posey is a member of the Salute Veteran National Honor Society.

Under his dynamic leadership, our JROTC program has achieved Back-to-Back recognition as a Gold Star Program; Honor unit with distinction, which is the highest recognition that a JROTC program can achieve. First Sergeant Posey was a recipient of “The Stellar Performer of the Year award (Salute to Excellence in Education)” in March 2017 because of his excellent work inside and outside of the classroom.

Among his many distinctions, he is the proud husband of the lovely Mrs. Pamela Posey for 33 plus years, a Father, Published author, Coach, Teacher, Counselor, Preacher, and Mentor. He enjoys reading, writing, and listening to music. His dedication to our school, all students, community, and commitment to bridging the gap between families and community engagement is evident by the work he does as our Army JROTC Instructor.

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

” Your attitude determines your altitude, you can achieve greatness”

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

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