South Gwinnett's Sgt. Christopher Diaz: 'Mark Rinehart is our Battle Buddy'

A Letter to the Editor from South Gwinnett's Jr. ROTC commander.

The following is a Letter to the Editor from Sgt. Christopher Diaz, commander of South Gwinnett's Jr. ROTC.

"A few Cadets (Cadet Sergeant First Class Dallis Cash, Cadet Staff Sergeant Kylin Mills and Cadet Captain Martha Iracheta) presented a Raider T-shirt to Mr. Rinehart today during 3rd period. You have to earn that T-shirt. You can’t purchase them. 

We made him an honorary Raider for his hard work and dedication, and for the way he is pushing through his situation. He practiced with us yesterday during our Raider Practice and has an open invite anytime.

You have no idea how that made me feel when he came out to support my guys.  He’s a tough one, if you know what I mean.  He’s the tough one.

He’s a trooper.

He’s a Raider.

He’s our battle buddy and whatever we can do to help him we’ll do. 

He sent me this letter earlier today:


Thank you for the honor you gave me this morning during third period. I am proud to be an honorary Raider. It means more to me than I am able to express in a simple email...


Floyd Mark Rinehart


Sergeant First Class (R) Christopher Diaz
Army Instructor

Tammy Osier September 01, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Sgt. Diaz, I'd like to thank you for your dedication as well. I have worked with South Gwinnett students in another capacity for many years, and thought to myself how awesome it would be to have someone like you there to guide them and take them to another level. You're such an answer to prayer for our awesome young people with great potential. I always knew they had it in them, just hoped for someone, somewhere in their lives, to see their potential, challenge them, and give them the opportunity to show what they're made of. Congratulations to your battle buddy. I know what it takes to earn an honor like that and that's something to be proud of. I hope this encourages other young people to rise up to the challenge as well.
Get Scuffed Up Fitness September 02, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Thanks Tammy, but it's not about me at all. Mr. Rinehart is a big encouragement to me and the Cadets at South Gwinnett.


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