Five Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School graduating seniors took a ceremonial oath of enlistment last week.

 

 

Five Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School graduating seniors took a ceremonial oath of enlistment last week.

Giana Koce, Zachary Combs, Christopher Brown, and Isaac Scott, who have enlisted in the United States Air Force, were joined by fellow senior Jimmy Cummings who has accepted a position at the Air Force Academy.

Air Force recruiter Staff Sgt. William Stone was happy with the Air Force full house at the ceremony.

“Port St. Joe is definitely one of my favorite communities to recruit in,” Stone said, noting the community and familial support behind those choosing to serve.

School principal, Dr. Sandra Cook, was moved by the sense of patriotism shown by those enlisting.

“To me it is quite an honor that our students feel this committed to our country,” Cook said.

Cmdr. Tony Almon (Ret.), the school’s NJROTC instructor, was designated as the one to read the oath.

“I’ve administered so many oaths, and I’ve taken the enlistment oath a number of times myself,” Almon said. “They (enlistees) repeat it, but they don’t even think about what they are agreeing too.”

To help the future airmen understand exactly what the oath means, Almon translated into his own terms before administering the actual oath.

“You’re all putting yourselves to being held at a higher standard than your peers,” Almon told the enlistees. “With time you will come to expect more from yourselves than those around you.”

Almon also outlined what the military will do for the young recruits.

“Whether you military service is one tour, or a career, you will learn perseverance, patience, and self-control,” Almon said. “You will learn to be a part of a team, to put the good of the team before your own needs.”

Almon also warned the students that it wasn’t a one way transaction,

“It really is true that when you raise your right hand, and you agree to join the military, you’re writing a check to the government for a fee up to and including the price of your life,” Almon said.

The oath was witnessed by a large group of family and friends gathered in the school’s library.