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JROTC team competes at U.S. Army Nationals
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JROTC Battalion Commander Olivia Talbert recently reflected on her experience at the U.S. Army Nationals. 

The Warren County JROTC Pioneer Raider team trained for the U.S. Army Nationals since the beginning of June and finally competed in it in early November and did well. 

“U.S. Army Nationals was like one of the most defining moments for our Raider team. We’ve pushed really hard to get where we gotten and this weekend just shows how much dedication and time we’ve put into our training. I am extremely proud of my female team just as much as the male and mixed team,” said Talbert.

Talbert led the female team which placed second in the small unit division.

“When the females got runner up for small division I had realized this is what it felt like to love something so much that you make it your life. That’s exactly what every cadet on the team has done and our ambitions got us to run through four feet deep mud pits and climb eight foot walls,” she said.

Talbert also competed in the Ultimate Raider category at the event. She said the training they endured helped them do so well at this huge competition. 

“Us Raiders have bit and scratched tooth and nail at training and we definitely did at nationals,” said Talbert. 

Everyone was very supportive of each other at the tournament and cheered each other on. Talbert said when they announced that the male team had won fifth place in the rope bridge completion she was so proud of them. She said she thinks every Raider who participated would agree it was a tough but good weekend.

“Nationals was one of the hardest but best weekends I’ve ever had and I’m sure every other Raider would say the same,” she said. 

Talbert is a senior this year and previously led the female team to earn its first-ever trophy by placing third in the Cross Country Rescue Competition at the Soddy Daisy JROTC Raider Meet in October.