Joplin Schools Honor JROTC Instructor at Retirement Ceremony

Published 04/25 2014 05:35PM

Updated 04/25 2014 07:27PM

JOPLIN, MO.--- A JROTC instructor is honored for more than a decade of work with Joplin schools. Students, staff, and state and area legislators honored First Sergeant Richard Banks in a retirement ceremony this morning. He served 26 years in the U.S. Army before going to Joplin schools, where he served for 11 years. He says he's inspired by the students and hopes he can make an impact on their lives.

"The measure of a true leader is not what they do, but what those that do after him, after he's taught and led them is what really tells the truth. So the measure of how well I've done will be determined in the future," said First Sgt. Richard Banks, Joplin JROTC Instructor. 

The Joplin JROTC is the longest running and continuous program in the country. Currently, 190 Joplin students are involved.

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