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Cadet Tayler Bledsoe Was Selected as Cadet Of The Quarter By American Legion Post-21 of Rogersville
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Cadet Lieutenant Commander Tayler Bledsoe was honored by American Legion Post 21 on September 29th as Cadet of the Quarter.

The Cherokee High School Naval Science Instructors Chief Warrant Officer Clyde Shumate (USN Retired) and Chief Petty Officer Gary Stidham (USN Retired) nominated Cadet Bledsoe for the American Legion award. 

Cadet Lieutenant Commander Tayler Bledsoe was selected as the Cadet of the Quarter in part for performance as the Battalion Supply Officer. She was hand-picked from a pool of highly qualified cadets for position, directly responsible for all cadet uniforms and supplies valued at approximately $105,000.00. She also keeps academic records and reports, leads, guides, and directs up to 200 cadets each academic semester.

In May 2014, Cadet Bledsoe was awarded the Military Order of the Purple Heart JROTC Medal for her outstanding unit service and demonstrated leadership ability. To be eligible for this prestigious award the cadet must: (a) have a positive attitude toward NJROTC and a love of their country, (b) hold a current leadership position in the cadet corps, (c) be active in school and community affairs, (d) attain a letter grade of “B” or better in all subjects for the previous semester, and (e) not have been a pervious recipient of this award.

Cadet Bledsoe served as the NJROTC Area Nine East Cadet Cadre Instructor training more than 100 selected NJROTC cadets for leadership roles in their respective units, enhancing their basic attitudes, knowledge and skills required to practice the art of leadership.

Cadet Bledsoe was instrumental in building a high degree of personal honor, self-reliance, and confidence in cadets. When school started back, Cadet Bledsoe fitted over 70 cadets with uniforms by the second week of classes, alleviating wasted time and proceeding on to uniform inspections for new cadets. Cadet Bledsoe’s military uniform appearance is always above reproach and she exemplifies the Navy’s core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. 

Clyde H. Shumate, Ed. S.,
Chief Warrant Officer USN (Ret).
Senior Naval Science Instructor
Cherokee High School NJROTC
2927 HWY 66S
Rogersville, TN 37857
(423) 921-8440

Family Photo: Left to Right: Steve Justice (Grandfather), Jennifer Hensley (Mother), Cadet Tayler Bledsoe, Michael Hensley (Step Father)

 Legion Photo: Left to Right: Bill Jones, Cadet Bledsoe, Cadet Coffey, Charles Sharits (Post Commander)