The Bryan County High School JROTC Redskin Battalion recognized its former instructor Maj. Charles Mercer by naming the battalion’s staff room in his honor during a dedication ceremony Friday at BCHS.
Mercer led the JROTC program at BCHS for six years before a car accident cost him the lower portion of his right leg, making it necessary for him to leave the program.
“I was here for six years and I put my life blood into this program,” Mercer said. “I love the kids. I’m so proud of all of y’all. Y’all are just wonderful, and I miss y’all. I miss the program.”
The current Senior Army Instructor Lt. Col. Michael Hampton said he felt it was important to recognize the contribution Mercer has made to the program and the students who benefit through it.
“He’s been here for six years, he put his tears, sweat and blood into building this program up. As the military does, we honor those who came before us,” Hampton said. “After his accident, I came onboard to build on what he and 1st Sgt. Springer have already done. We’re just trying to make sure that we leave a legacy and help the kids to go forward.”
Mercer was also presented with a plaque that read, “For your tireless dedication and consistent leadership to the cadets of the Bryan County High School JROTC – never quit!”