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Southern Garrett High School


The Senior Army Instructor (SAI) and Army Instructor (AI) of any Army JROTC program are retired service personnel that apply for qualification as JROTC Instructors. They head the program, answer to the school administration, and teach the Junior ROTC classes. Together, our instructors bring over 55 years of experience with leadership.

LTC Ralph Sheaffer - Senior Army Instructor

LieutRalph Sheafferenant Colonel (Retired) Ralph Sheaffer is the SAI for the Southern Garrett High School JROTC program. A 27 year veteran of the Army, LTC Sheaffer served both active duty and in the Army National Guard. A graduate of Frostburg State College (BS Geography) and of West Virginia University (MS Agriculture Education) and the army's Command and General Staff School, LTC Sheaffer brings to the program experience with leadership, volunteer youth work, and perseverance.

LTC Sheaffer served with Army Engineer units in Germany, Missouri, and West Virginia. In the West Virginia Army National Guard, LTC Sheaffer was the Defense Movement Officer within the Directorate of Logistics and battalion S3. Among his awards are the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and the Army Parachutist Badge. LTC Sheaffer's focus is with the LET Level 3 and 4 Cadets and the Air Rifle, public affairs and the JROTC Leadership and Academic (JLAB) team. He believes that well placed pride and perseverance is 90% of the solution to any problem and he extends this philosophy to helping all the students within the JROTC program. LTC Sheaffer has been the SAI for Southern Garrett since 2008.