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The MDSSAR participates in the NSSAR ROTC/JROTC programs. This page supplements the information contained on the NSSAR website and also provides specific data for Maryland ROTC/JROTC unit participation in these programs. MDSSAR ROTC/JROTC activities are conducted at the Chapter level through an appointed ROTC/JROTC program representative. Chapter locations and contact information for these representatives are provided below.


The MDSSAR ROTC program consists of the selection of a cadet from each Maryland ROTC unit for presentation of the SAR ROTC award. The selection is made by the unit's Senior ROTC

Instructor from all of the unit's cadets, including those of other schools who participate in the host school's ROTC unit. Recipients are selected for a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing and general excellence.

The selected cadet will receive the SAR Gold ROTC Medal with a ribbon bar and certificate. No recipient may receive the medal more than once. The awards are usually presented by a member of the MDSSAR Chapter at the unit's annual award ceremonies near the end of the school year.

Nomination of the cadet to receive the award must be provided to the local MDSSAR Chapter several weeks before the awards ceremony in order to prepare the certificate and arrange for a member to make the presentation. In some cases it may not be possible to have a presenter at the ceremony, in which case the medal, certificate and check will be provided to the Senior ROTC Instructor prior to the awards ceremony.


Each JROTC unit may submit the nomination of one 11th grade cadet (male or female) for the SAR Bronze JROTC Medal award each year. Each nominee is encouraged to participate in the Outstanding JROTC Cadet Competition described below. The nomination form may be found here.

Nominations for the Oustanding JROTC Cadet Competition must be received by the local MDSSAR Chapter by March 1st to be considered in the competition.

Selection of the nominee shall be by the Senior Military Science Instructor and should include merit in patriotism, leadership, military bearing, scholarship, and general excellence. The Senior Military Science Instructor may consider the writing of the essay a class assignment of all 11th grade cadets. Cadets should be encouraged to seek criticism of their draft essays from their English instructors in order to make this a true learning experience.

Selection of the Oustanding JROTC cadet at each level will be made by SAR members. Consideration will be given to the nominee's scholastic standing, grade point average, levels of aprticipation and leadership both in the JROTC, extra curricular activities, as well as the quality of the essay. Particular attention will be given to spelling, grammar, punctuation, as well as quality and applicability of the essay content.

The winner of the outstanding JROTC Cadet competition in each MDSSAR Chapter will receive the OJROTC Bronze Medallion, a ribbon with a bronze star and gold frame, and a certificate.

The Chapter winners must be submitted to the State ROTC/JROTC Committee no later than April 1st for consideration in the State Level Outstanding JROTC Cadet competition. The winner of the State Level competition is invited to an MDSSAR function for presentation of their award, which consists of the JROTC Medallion, a framed ribbon with a silver star, a certificate, and a $200 monetary award.

The State winner must be forwarded to the National Society SAR no later than May 1st for consideration in the National Oustanding JROTC Cadet Competition. The winner of the National Competition will be invited, with a chaperone, to the NSSAR National Congress for presentation of the award. Travel expenses up to $1000 will be provided. The national award consist of the JROTC Gold Medallion with a gold framed ribbon with a gold star, a certificate and $1000 monetary award.

MDSSAR ROTC Chapter Contacts:

Sgt. Lawrence Everhart / Frederick County​

David M. Schrodel

9834 Steiner Smith Rd

Woodsboro, MD 21798


drschrodel@aol.com(link sends e-mail)

Gen. William Smallwood / Montgomery County

Michael A. Saunders

12107 Hunters Lane

North Bethesda, MD 20852


msaunder@verizon.net(link sends e-mail)

Christian Ardinger / Washington County

No ROTC or JROTC units.

Col. John Eager Howard / Baltimore City

Christopher M. Cortright

4526 Schenley Rd

Baltimore, MD 21210


cmcortright@yahoo.com(link sends e-mail)

Col. Nicholas Ruxton Moore / Baltimore County

J.D. Urbach

7302 Bay Front Rd

Edgemere, MD 21219


jdurbach2@gmail.com(link sends e-mail)

John Paul Jones / Anne Arundel County

Christopher C. Beck, Sr.

327 Beach Dr

Annapolis, MD 21403


bunmillet@verizon.net(link sends e-mail)

Col. Henry Hollingsworth / Cecil County

No ROTC or JROTC units.

Col. Tench Tilghman / Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne's & Talbot Counties

Dr. B. Conway Gregory

144 Sunset Dr

Denton, MD 21629


cgregory144@hotmail.com(link sends e-mail)

Col. Aquila Hall / Harford County

No ROTC or JROTC units.

Charles Carroll of Carrollton / Howard County

No chapter ROTC/JROTC chairman.

John Hanson / Prince George's County

George Satterthwaite II

513 Holly Road

Fort Washington, MD 20744


gs2nd@aol.com(link sends e-mail)

Capt. John Smoot / Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico & Worchester Counties

Raymond L. Jackson

108 N. Church St

Snow Hill, MD 21863


rjackson_2k@yahoo.com(link sends e-mail)

Westminster / Carroll County

Dr. Cecil M. Massie, Sr.

114 Virginia Dr

Westminster, MD 21158


cmassie@qis.net(link sends e-mail)

Thomas Stone / Calvert, Charles & St. Mary's Counties

Norman J. Saunders, President

11955 Woodbury Road

Nanjemoy, MD 20662

301 246 4324 or 301 659 1002

nancy_norman@saundersnanjemoy.com(link sends e-mail)


Kevin Nietmann, Secretary

410 259 1422

kjnietmann@comcast.net(link sends e-mail)

Little Meadows / Alleghany & Garrett Counties

William Nemith

1303 Sanders Lane

Oakland, MD 21550


billnemith@hotmail.com(link sends e-mail)

Where can I go to find more information?

Please consult the national society website for all of the most up to date official rules and procedures of the contest(link is external).

You may contact the State Chairman if you have any questions or concerns about the contest:

Paul I. Turlington


piturlington@verizon.net (link sends e-mail)

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