On March 25, 2023, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) will host the JROTC National Three Position Championship Awards Ceremony, recognizing the best JROTC athletes and teams and individuals with precision air rifle from across the country.
The game will take place March 23-25 at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center, located on the Camp Perry grounds in Port Clinton, Ohio. The National Championships is the culminating event in a junior air rifle series that began in September with over 6000 junior cadets competing in the Postal Championships before moving on to the Regional Service Championships in February. The leading individuals and teams from the 900 athletes who competed in the regional events were invited to proceed to the two-day competition in Ohio, where the winners will be crowned National Champions.
The JROTC awards ceremony, a formal occasion to celebrate the hard work of the 225 young cadets who made it to the national event, will take place at the Kalahari Resorts Convention Center in nearby Sandusky. Along with dinner and awards, attendees will receive a speech by special guest speaker, Major General Antonio Munera.
Division General Munera has accumulated a successful military career of more than 30 years. Originally from Fairfax, Virginia, he received a commission from the Regular Army in May 1991 as a Distinguished Military Graduate of Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. He has a Bachelor of Science in History and a Master’s in Theater Operations and Strategic Studies. His military education includes the Chemical Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and the US Army War College.
On September 20, 2022, Munera joined the US Army Cadet Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky. As Commanding General, Major General Munera will lead the Cadet Command’s mission to select, educate, train, and commission college students to be officers and leaders. of character in Total Army, as well as forming partnerships with high schools that run JROTC programs.
With his many accolades and positive influence, the CMP is honored to have Maj. Gen. Munera as an esteemed guest at the 2023 JROTC Nationals Awards Ceremony.
The three-position JROTC series is conducted jointly by the US Army Cadet Command, TECOM (Training and Education Command), Naval Service Training Command, and AFOATS (Officer Training and Attachment Schools). Air Force). Learn more about the 2023 JROTC Nationals on the CMP website at https://thecmp.org/youth/jrotc/.
More about Major General Antonio Munera:
Major General Munera has served in a variety of command and staff positions throughout his career. His previous assignments include: platoon leader, executive officer and CBRN officer in the 101st Airborne Division; Detachment Commander in the XVIII Airborne Corps; Infantry Company Commander and CBRN Officer in the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division; Company Commander in the United States Army Technical Escort Unit (CBRNE); Chief of Plans for the 20th CBRNE Command; Section Chief in the Office of Joint Requirements for CBRN Defense, J8, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Commander of the Radford Army Ammunition Plant; Commander of the 4th Maneuver Improvement Brigade (MEB), 1st Infantry Division; Head of Security Sector Reform as part of the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq; and Senior Military Adviser to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction.
He served as the 30th Chief of Chemistry and Commandant of the US Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School from June 2017 to April 2019 and as Deputy Commanding General of the United States Army Cadet Command United States from May 2019 to May 2020. Most recently, Maj. Gen. Munera served as the eighth commander of the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Explosives (CBRNE) Command.
Munera deployed in 1999 as part of Operation Joint Guardian to Kosovo, where he served as a Company Commander in the 82nd Airborne Division; in 2003, as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he served as the Planning Officer for the 75th WMD Exploitation Task Force; and in Iraq in 2015 as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, advising the Iraqi government on security sector reform.
Major General Munera is married with two adult children and one grandson.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearms safety and marksmanship training and the promotion of marksmanship competition for United States citizens. To learn more about the CMP and its programs, log on to www.TheCMP.org.