An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Press Release | Nov. 6, 2023

MEDIA ADVISORY: Media invited as Coast Guard establishes its first Junior ROTC unit in Mississippi at Clinton High School in Clinton, MS

U.S. Coast Guard Heartland Office: 504-671-2020 Cell: 618-225-9008

WHAT: Commissioning ceremony for Mississippi’s first Coast Guard JROTC unit

WHERE: Clinton High School, 401 Arrow Dr., Clinton, MS 39056, in the CHS Auditorium

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m.

WHO: Rear Adm. Will E. Watson, Coast Guard Director of Governmental and Public Affairs; Capt. Brandy Parker, Coast Guard District 08 Staff Judge Advocate; Lt. Andrew Bichlmeier (Coast Guard) Congressional Fellow and Senator Wickers Legislative Assistant; Michael Sipp, Constituent Liaison for Senator Wicker’s Jackson Office; Steve Guy, Field Representative for Senators Wicker’s Jackson Officer; Ms. Anna Thames, Brookhaven Field Representative

CLINTON, Miss. — Media are invited to attend as the Coast Guard and Clinton High School conduct a commissioning ceremony for the first Coast Guard Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps unit in Mississippi on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m.

Junior ROTC units are elective programs that help prepare high school students for leadership roles after graduation. Their purpose under the law is “to instill in students … the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.” Although the Coast Guard first established JROTC units in 1992, the Clinton unit will be the first in the District Eight region and the only one in Mississippi.

Rear Adm. Will E. Watson, the Coast Guard’s director of governmental and public affairs, will speak at the ceremony, along with other leaders.

For more information, contact Coast Guard public affairs by emailing