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JROTC units to go head to head in Clendenen Memorial Drill Meet

March 15, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — On March 18, 13 JROTC units will battle to be the champion of the 46th Annual Homer L. Clendenen Memorial Drill Meet.

Doors open at 8 a.m. at the IPFW Hillard Gates Sports Center for spectators to witness the precision and pageantry of these units.

The meet is sponsored by the IPFW ROTC and the Indiana Army National Guard. Junior ROTC units from Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky consisting of more than 500 cadets in total will represent the branches of the military at this highly competitive and prestigious event.

Captain Homer L. Clendenen was a Senior Army Instructor from 1968 until his untimely passing in 1972. As the Senior Army Instructor for Concordia Lutheran High School, Captain Clendenen brought the CLHS Army JROTC Cadet Battalion into the new age of instruction. Captain Clendenen was focused on training the Cadets to make decisions, plan and execute those strategies. With this in mind, he founded the Concordia Drill Meet in the winter of 1971. After his passing, the Cadets changed the name to honor the memory of his efforts at Concordia Lutheran High School. For this year, the site was changed to IPFW.

Concordia Lutheran High School, located at 1601 St. Joe River Drive in Fort Wayne, Ind., was founded in 1935 as a private, co-educational Lutheran high school open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. With Christ at the center, Concordia continues to pursue educational excellence that equips individuals for lifelong learning and service as disciples of Jesus Christ. Learn more at