Viewfinder: South Gwinnett Comet Battalion

South Gwinnett High School's Army JROTC program hit the ground running in its first year. With just five months of training, the Comet Battalion has brought in trophies and awards from prestigious competitions. In this week's Viewfinder, we get a glimpse.

"We're having a blast. We're just two old guys having fun," retired 1st Sgt. Christopher Diaz said of heading up the new JROTC program at

Diaz and retired Lt. Col. Nathaniel Flegler instruct and train the Comet Battalion, composed of five different companies and 150 cadets at South Gwinnett.

The program, with only five months of training under their belts, has done the school proud.

Flegler and Diaz are proud of what their cadets have accomplished in such a short time.

To date, the South Gwinnett cadets have formed a color guard that presented the colors at home games, parades, the Snellville and the

In November, the Raider Team from South Gwinnett's Comet Battalion attended a national competition in Molena, Ga., with the then 3-month-old team earning 17th place out of 37 teams competing.

Last weekend, the cadets competed in the Parkview Invitational Drill Meet and brought home two trophies: one for third place in armed exhibition and another for second place in obstacle course.

Cadet 1st Sgt. Micah Bramlett earned second place overall in the obstacle course at the Parkview competition with a finish time Diaz calls "blazing."

According to Diaz, the group from South Gwinnett was the only Army JROTC present at the competition.

"For an Army unit to beat a Marine unit is amazing," he said.

The battalion has a website and a Facebook page where they document upcoming events and past successes.

Nathaniel Flegler Jr February 03, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Thanks a lot for the positive story and photos relating to the successes of the Comet Battalion at South Gwinnett High School. Your efforts have positively impacted the cadets in an incredible way. Sincerely, LTC (R) Flegler
Gary Custar February 03, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Congratulations to all the cadets and their cadre of the Comet Battalion at SGHS. The community appreciates having citizens like you representing us. All the best to you in your academic and future Army careers. You'll make fine officers.
Bobby Howard February 03, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Congratulations to this fine group of young men and woman. The LEADERSHIP they demonstrate here in our COMMUNITY speaks for itself. I along with the entire Council were very PROUD to have had these LEADERS open our first council meeting. Many THANKS to retired 1st Sgt. Christopher Diaz and retired Lt. Col. Nathaniel Flegler for heading up the new JROTC program at South Gwinnett High School. It's worth repeating...Snellville..Where everybody is "PROUD" to be "SOMEBODY"..... Bobby Howard Snellville City Council
Joy L. Woodson February 03, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Thanks Lt. Col. Flegler for allowing Raven to join you all for this photo spread. Congrats to the Comet Battalion!
Elante Rasharde Parker February 04, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Its to the great ledership of Lt.Col. Flegler and SFC.Diaz South Gwinnett High School has achived so much. Semper FI Sergeant and Col. PARKER OOORAHHHHHHH One Team One Fight


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