There was a changing of command in Tuloso-Midway ISD as of Monday, June 22. During the school board meeting the retiring commander of the TMHS NJROTC program, Russ McPadden, was recognized by the Board of Trustees and presented a resolution honoring his 17-years of service to Tuloso-Midway.

Commander McPadden came to Tuloso-Midway in 1998 after a 21-year career in the Navy. During his time at TMHS his NJROTC units qualified for the state meet three times and earned either Distinguished and/or Unit Achievement 15 times.

According to Commander McPadden the purpose of NJROTC is to provide students with opportunities to develop good citizenship and to learn basic leadership skills. Another important aspect of the program is promoting participation in community service projects.

Commander McPadden added that every year he had students participate as volunteers at the beach cleanup and working with the local food bank. Commander McPadden said he is most pleased with the new classroom facilities that the Board of Trustees provided a couple of years ago that included state of the art facilities and an indoor/air conditioned shooting range.

School Board President, Paul Mostella, presented Commander McPadden with a framed copy of the Board Resolution and thanked Commander McPadden for helping shape future leaders for our community and country and for his overall commitment to excellence.

After the recognition for Commander McPadden, he introduced his replacement, Commander Joe Horman, who will take command of the TMHS NJROTC unit on July 1, 2015.