Retired generals visit local school to highlight importance of education

Published: Jan. 17, 2018 at 12:40 PM CST
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Students at Rock Prairie Elementary heard from two retired Army Generals Wednesday morning. Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez, Jr., the commandant of Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, and Major General Darren G. Owen spoke to the children about getting a good education.

Ramirez and Owen are both retired from the U.S. Army and members of Mission: Readiness. It's a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of more than 700 retired admirals and generals strengthening national security by ensuring kids stay in school, stay fit, and stay out of trouble.

"It was an honor to get a chance to read to some of these young people," said Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez, Jr.

"It's more important to look at those bright, eager, younger faces and understand that this is the future of our country and we need to start now instilling those life skills in them that will make them successful citizens in our communities, in our state and in our future," he continued. After reading to the students, they participated in a round table discussion with faculty on the importance of high-quality early education for our future national security.

The generals discussed the fact that 73% of young Texans are ineligible for military service, and how quality early education can prepare children for success in school and in life, including the military for those who choose to serve.