DHS Tiger Battalion salutes new instructor
Douglas High School has a new Senior Army Instructor for its JROTC program.
Retired Army Major Bud Ford took command of the Tiger Battalion in August.
“I really like it here. The area’s beautiful, a lot to do,” he said. “The students are great. They keep you young. It’s always something different.”
Ford enlisted in the Army in 1986 as an infantryman. He then attended officer candidate school in 1997, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant.
After serving overseas and multiple deployments to the middle east, Ford retired in 2008.
Prior to moving to Gardnerville, he served as the Senior Army Instructor at Grimsley High School in Greensboro, N.C.
The 89-student battalion competed in their first meet Saturday in Spanish Springs.
“Most people think we’re recruiters, but we prefer to see people’s children go to college. We don’t try to change a student’s aspirations,” Ford said of the program. “JROTC prepares them for life. The curriculum is very broad. It deals with time management to history.”
Working alongside Sgt. Major Arthur Walker, Ford teaches six JROTC classes.
Students can also participate in extracurricular activities such as drill team and air rifle team.
“Our mission is to motivate young people to be better citizens,” Ford said. “We do that by providing community service in our neighborhoods and at our schools.”
For more information about the JROTC program, contact Ford at the high school at 782-5136.