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Press Release | Nov. 6, 2023

MEDIA ADVISORY: Media invited as Coast Guard establishes its first Junior ROTC unit in Alabama at Saraland High School in Saraland, AL

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

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

WHERE: Saraland High School, 1115 Industrial Pkwy, Saraland, AL 36571, in the SHS Performing Arts Center

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 9 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; Capt. Scott Lugo, Commanding Officer of CG Aviation Training Center, Mobile; Capt. Ulysses Mullins, Sector Commander, Sector Mobile; Senior Chief Petty Officer Nick Sutton, Command Senior Enlisted Leader Operational Forces LANTAREA; Mr. Andrew Hinkebein, State Director for Senator Tuberville; Ms. Tera Johnson, Field Representative for Senator Britt

SARALAND, Ala. — Media are invited to attend as the Coast Guard and Saraland High School conduct a commissioning ceremony for the first Coast Guard Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps unit in Alabama on Thursday, Nov. 9 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 Saraland unit will be the second in the District Eight region and the only one in Alabama.

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