CAMP ZAMA, Japan (Sept. 27, 2018) -- The Zama American Middle High School's JROTC Trojan Battalion conducted a ceremony Thursday to recognize and promote its newest leadership.

The battalion's senior Army instructor, retired Lt. Col. Douglas Fields, opened the ceremony in the school gym by thanking the cadets for the hard work they had already accomplished since the beginning of the school year.

"The mission of the Army JROTC is to motivate young people to be better citizens," he said. "Our goal here is to adhere to that mission."

Following the opening remarks, two lines of cadets marched to the center of the formation, and Fields promoted them with the help of family members.

Newly promoted Cadet Lt. Col. Daisy Dalat, battalion commander, thanked the families, friends, distinguished military visitors and school faculty for taking the time to attend the ceremony.

"This was not only our recognition of our leaders," she said, "but it is another great opportunity to recognize the faces of future leaders and our Trojan Battalion transformation."

Dalat said the battalion's cadets will stay busy through the year, with events including the Pacific Drill and Marksmanship competitions, a cadet leadership camp and visit to a Japanese technical school.

"To conclude, I thank you again for coming," she said. "And in keeping with the mission statement of Army JROTC, (we) will do our best to be better citizens."