Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Oct 2, 2012
Press Release

CAIRO, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) delivered an address at the Cairo High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Program Pass and Review Ceremony. Rear Admiral David Steindl, Commander of the Naval Service Training Command, was in attendance as well as NJROTC cadets, students, teachers, administrators, and city and county officials.

“Your futures are bright because right now, here in the present, you have a firm and tangible understanding of what it takes to be responsible students and role models for your peers,” said Congressman Bishop. “I challenge all of you to continue to use the invaluable skill sets that have gotten you to this point as you continue to proceed and progress through life.”

Last year, the Secretary of the Navy had announced that the NJROTC program at Cairo High School was to be discontinued due to enrollment criteria. Congressman Bishop collaborated with the administration at Cairo High school and top Navy officials to persuade the Navy to reconsider its decision and to reinstate the program. Last year, 19 programs were shut down and no new NJROTC programs have been established in recent years.

“We all know the vital importance that this ROTC program plays in the development of our young men and women and I am grateful that the Department of Defense reevaluated their decision,” said Congressman Bishop. “Our ROTC program is a beacon of inspiration and pride for us all and we can never just sit by idly and let it be taken away without having our voices heard. This program, which we all hold near and dear to our hearts, was saved by the collective unison of our voices and by the quality of the cadets that graduate from Cairo Junior ROTC.”

For a picture of today’s event, please click here.