SAN ANTONIO: Junior ROTC cadets at Tom C. Clark High School and John Jay High School recently hosted the Mission and Installation Contracting Command commanding general where he discussed service to the Nation.

Brig. Gen. Stephen B. Leisenring and Command Sgt. Maj. Clinton Jackson, MICC command sergeant major, visited the schools and were treated to performances by the cadets' drill and ceremony squads and talked with the students. Leisenring spoke to the students about integrity and what it takes to succeed after high school and congratulated the cadets for their outstanding leadership displayed in their schools and communities.

Both groups of cadets routinely conduct food drives for their communities. The general pointed out those students who step up to be a part of Junior ROTC become leaders in their schools. "What you are doing today, as you learn all about the military, could be the first step into a great military career," Leisenring told the cadets.

"I encourage you to stick with Junior ROTC as it could lead to a promising military profession where you can do great things for our country. Junior ROTC cadets have dramatically higher numbers of graduation than others not involved in this worthwhile program, and I applaud you and your instructors for being dedicated to this worthwhile program."

Before they left, the general and sergeant major presented command coins to the top cadets from Clark and John Jay high schools for their leadership and outstanding performance.