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MHS Dolphin Battalion holds change of command ceremony

MARIANAS High School’s Dolphin Battalion held a change of command ceremony on Thursday morning.

C/LTC Bernadette Javier is the new battalion commander, succeeding C/LTC Isabel Palacios.

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C/LTC Bernadette Javier, left, the new Dolphin Battalion commander, with her predecessor C/LTC Isabel Palacios.
MHS senior army instructor Ramon Ichihara and Bernadette Javier’s mother pin the rank of cadet lt. colonel on the new battalion commander.  Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

Ramon Ichihara, Marianas High School senior army instructor, said the change of command included the passing of the colors which represent the heritage and history of the battalion as well as the unity and loyalty of the cadets. The colors are the commander’s symbol of authority, representing her responsibilities to the organization, Ichihara said.

He said Javier received the most recommendations from the JROTC officers. “She has been an integral part of the staff. Leading the entire battalion is something new to her but we are here to support her,” he added.

Javier, for her part, vowed to do her best to lead the battalion.  “I will try my best to excel. I hope that everyone cooperates with me. I want to win at least a trophy in a JROTC competition.”

Palacios expressed confidence in Javier, who is also a member of the MHS Honor Society.

She advised Javier to stick to their programs and always focus on their motto: “To motivate people to become better citizens.”

In an interview, Palacios said the highlight of her leadership was obtaining JROTC program accreditation. “That was the hardest event that we had to go through,” she added.

The accreditation process is done every three years.

All five of the CNMI’s public high schools received the Honor Unit with Distinction following  a series of evaluations.

The MHS Dolphin Battalion received a score of 97.5 percent, the highest among the five CNMI schools.

 “I’m very proud of that because it it showed that we did our job well,” Palacios said.