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
Lieutenant 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.
1SG Verle Wright- Army Instructor
First Sergeant (Retired) Verle Wright is the AI for the Southern Garrett HS JROTC program. 1SG Wright served in the Army for over 31 years; 4 years in the West Virginia Army National Guard and 27 years on active duty. 1SG Wright brings a wealth of Army leadership and operations experience as well as community youth leadership to the RAMS Battalion. He is married and has four sons.
1SG Wright served in all enlisted positions within the Armor Branch, from Tank Driver, Loader, Gunner and Tank Commander to Platoon Sergeant and Tank Company and Cavalry Troop First Sergeant. He completed his Army career as the Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) Current Operations section. He served in Infantry, Armor and Calvary units in Louisiana, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky and New York as well as in Germany and South Korea. 1SG Wright's operational deployments include Operation Bright Star in Egypt, Operation Intrinsic Action in Kuwait, Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. His awards and decorations iclude the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Humanitarian Service Medal, and Combat Action Badge. 1SG Wright's focus is with the LET level 1 Cadets, the Color Guard, Drill and Raider Teams. 1SG Wright believes all Cadets can benefit from the program and brings fun and enthusiasm to training and education.