MOBILE, AL -- One of the greatest feelings any teacher can have is to hear back from a former student and learn of their success as young adults! JROTC instructors are routinely contacted by former cadets who thank them for the guidance and mentorship they received from these highly experienced officers and noncommissioned officers. I recently had three such encounters over the past few weeks. While serving as the Senior Army Instructor at LeFlore High School, I had the privilege of teaching hundreds of outstanding young men and women, most of whom have gone on to successful careers. Two followed my footsteps and became officers in the United States Army. Cyrus English attended Alabama A&M on a 4-Year Army ROTC Scholarship and Myea Rice went to the United States Military Academy (West Point). Both contacted me on Facebook to announce they had been selected for promotion to Major…what a fantastic achievement (it also means I am getting old)! Another young man asked me to attend his graduation from the Fire Academy at the Orange Beach Fire and Rescue Department. Mykyle McCaskill is now a Fireman with the Prichard Fire Department … he asked me to pin on his badge, a high honor in the world of First Responders. It is difficult to convey just how proud I am of these three former cadets … it also brings me comfort knowing that we are in good hands as a nation with young people like this at the helm!