ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Wharton Wildcat Company, established in 2001, has been a longstanding epicenter of our schools pride and honor. Since its establishment, our program has developed a wide range of respect ranging anywhere from cadets involved, to even the area manager who overlooks all of Area 7’s JROTC programs. As our program commits a great deal of time and effort into further improvement, we are proud to have strong involvement in various JROTC teams such as Marksmanship, Drill, Orienteering, Color Guard and Academics. The Wildcat Company is operated by an effective Cadet Staff, assisted by three instructors, whom all are former military personnel.
MAJOR MICHAEL BEALE (USMC)
Michael K. Beale was born in Miami Beach, Florida and grew up moving around the East Coast in an FBI Agent's family. Upon graduation from Tampa Catholic High School in 1976, he attended the University of South Florida for two years until enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in April 1979. He then graduated in June and was selected for the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Program (MECEP) in May 1981.
SENIOR CHIEF DAVID INGALLS (NAVY)
David L. Ingalls was born in Sanford, Florida and attended Gaither High School, graduating in 1989. Following, he went to Valdosta State University and graduated with an Associates degree in June of 1999. From 1995 to 1999, Senior Chief Ingalls was an Instructor at Trident Training Facility. His military experience was mainly based in the Submarine Force. He spent a totoal of 20 years 11 months and 20 days in service.
CHIEF WAYNE BOKNEVITZ (NAVY)
Wayne L. Boknevitz was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduated from Walbeno High School in 1981. Immediately after, Chief Boknevitz enlisted into the United States Navy. During his enlistment he was a Training Specialist and taught Minor-Caliber Arms, Anti-Terrorism courses and participated in Counter Drug Boardings. He has been on 6 different ships and retired in 2004. Following his service he attended New York State College for 5 years and created the Marksmanship team at Wharton High School.
UNIT CHAIN OF COMMAND
Commanding Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Brianna Brewer
Executive Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Zachary Boknevitz
Command Master Chief: Cadet Master Chief Petty Officer Donovan Kerns
Operations Officer: Cadet Ensign Evyn Bodart
Training Officer: Cadet Ensign Lauren McCain
Administrations Officer: Cadet Petty Officer 1st Class Shane Licalzi
Supply Officer: Ensign Brody Potenziano
Public Affairs Officer: Cadet Petty Officer 1st Class Abriella Marino