Class 57 cadets graduate from Commonwealth ChalleNGe
220827-Z-DO111-0031.JPG Photo By: A.J. Coyne

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia - The Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy graduates more than 60 cadets from Class 57 Aug. 27, 2022, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Retired Brig. Gen. Walt Mercer, the Department of Military Affairs Chief Operations Officer, joined retired Navy Capt. Mark Chicoine, the Commonwealth ChalleNGe director, and Jermaine Green, the guest speaker for the ceremony, in congratulating the cadets on their accomplishments. Commonwealth ChalleNGe is the Virginia component of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, a 17-and-a-half-month program designed to promote academics, attention to detail, time management, and leadership while promoting self-esteem, confidence and pride. (U.S. National Guard photo by A.J. Coyne)


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