90th MSFS Airman volunteers to improve local Junior ROTC drill team

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  • By Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano
  • 90th Missile Wing Public Affairs

The East High School Junior ROTC drill team here in Cheyenne, Wyo. received expert drill advice from Master Sgt. Doumit Elias, 90th Missile Security Forces Squadron chief of standards and evaluations.


Elias worked with the students for four weeks leading up to a drill competition that pitted nine local JROTC drill teams against one another on March 18, 2017.


“My leadership asked if I could provide mentorship and assistance to their Junior ROTC team because I just served with the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard,” Elias said. “I volunteered and spent four weeks with them before their competition, helping them out by giving pointers and fine-tuning their routine.”


The team won in four categories at the competition: armed exhibition, armed regulation, color guard and overall first place best team in Cheyenne.


“Elias is just one of those special Senior NCOs who loves to mentor both Airmen and impressionable leaders like these young students,” said Chief Master Sgt. Steven Koehler, 90th MSFS security forces manager. “As a great leader and family man, he continuously places others above himself and exudes the trait of ‘servant leader.’ Elias simply wanted to leverage the Air Force Honor Guard experience he has been graciously provided and pass it along to these young professionals.”   


Elias plans to continue to work with the students to improve their skills for their competitions going forward.


“I feel the cadets really appreciated what I brought. I gave them an expert set of eyes, and was able to provide tips and tricks that could fine-tune their routine,” Elias said. “I don’t think we are put on this planet to be stagnant. If we acquire some skills we should be able to share them.”