It is with great pleasure that we introduce the Regimental Leadership Staff for the 1st semester of the 2020-21 school year:
Regimental Commander – Cristian Rogers-Romero
Regimental Chief of Staff – Zach Fisher
Alpha Battalion Commander – Shakeem Evans
Bravo Battalion Commander – Kalynn Miner
Charlie Battalion Commander – Tyler Turner
The regimental commander and regimental staff have proven themselves through their commitment to naval science, leadership, academics, and their desire to improve the Farragut corps of cadets. These are the kinds of events that cadets at a military boarding school work very hard towards. We look forward to seeing what they’ll accomplish!
I have to be a role model to everybody and I have to be that authoritative figure. But I want to be more than an authority figure, I want to be a friendly figure as well. I want to be approachable and I want to make a change. I’m not the kind of leader that sits on my high horse and doesn’t do anything. I want to get down in the trenches, get dirty with everybody because I’m not above them. I’m their peer as well. – Christian Rogers-Romero ’21
An Interview the Regimental Commander Cristian Rogers-Romero ‘21
Cristian Rogers-Romero ‘21 has attended Farragut since his sophomore year and is a 7-day boarding student originally from Virginia, but currently calls Ukraine home where is parents are stationed.
Q: What does this leadership of the Regimental Commander role mean to you?
A: I was very excited to be appointed. I worked really hard and I was really glad that someone noticed it. I love to lead and I love to help people improve and feel better about themselves.
Q: What is your leadership style?
A: I have to be a role model to everybody and I have to be that authoritative figure. But I want to be more than an authority figure, I want to be a friendly figure as well. I want to be approachable and I want to make a change. I’m not the kind of leader that sits on my high horse and doesn’t do anything. I want to get down in the trenches, get dirty with everybody because I’m not above them. I’m their peer as well.
Q: How has your time at Farragut prepared you for this leadership role?
A: Ever since my first year at Farragut, I’ve been doing leadership roles, starting with watch officer. I feel that the independence that I’ve gotten here and the individuality and the confidence that I’ve developed, has really prepared me for this role. It really made me into my own person as a teenager, which you don’t really see very often at a lot of other schools.
Q: 1stSgt Worthy, why was Cadet Christian Rogers-Romero ‘21 selected as the 1st-semester Regiment Commander at Admiral Farragut Academy?
A: Demonstrated leadership is the key ingredient as well as how a cadet presents him/herself. Cristian has good leadership skills and a servant leader mentality.
Q: What are the challenges you foresee on the regiment or with leadership when faced with the COVID-19 pandemic? How do you plan to overcome these challenges?
A: One challenge that I can see is there’s not as much time to spend with the regiment as a whole, so uniformity is something that will be a problem. Also, with online learning, we have some students who aren’t here at Farragut and who are at home, so we’re losing some leaders in that aspect. It’s something I feel like we can persevere through. One way we’re working on this is by spending a lot of time in the dorms, teaching everyone how to properly iron and prepare their uniforms, and I think this will help with uniformity. I also want to do a more regulated breakfast formation in the morning, shifting slowly into that more militaristic style in our everyday lives. I think this will definitely help.
Q: What do you hope to accomplish this upcoming semester?
A: Although there isn’t too much change that can happen, with the COVID-19 regulations in place, I want to be a leader to everybody. I want to leave a legacy where, when people hear my name in the future, they think of someone that was approachable, caring, and a good leader who wasn’t lazy and who tried their best to be the best leader they could be.
Q: What would your advice be for incoming cadets who are interested in pursuing leadership roles up to and including Regimental Commander?
A: My biggest advice would be give it your all, and to have fun with it. If you are doing NJROTC and you’re not having fun, then try to look at it from a different viewpoint. It’s not all regimented and militaristic all the time; it can be fun too. And if you want to lead people and you feel as if your peers or your friends are not interested in that sort of thing, just remember that if they’re truly your friend, they will respect what you want to do. And just go for it! It’s definitely a great experience.
Q: What are your aspirations for college and for a career?
A: My father is in the military and my mother is in the US Department of State, and I’d like to follow in either one of their footsteps. I either want to go on to the US Naval Academy and go into EOD diving, or, I’d like to go to Georgetown and go into political affairs and international relations with a minor in either Russian or Arabic and go on to the DOS and become a government embassy ambassador.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share?
A: Sometimes it seems like society may deem people as not worthy for positions based on how they were born, whether it be race, sexuality, the gender they were born, et cetera, but no matter what people say or what society says, you can accomplish anything you want if you put your mind to it. It doesn’t matter what other people say, if you want to do something, go for it. No one else can change your mind except you.