Our mission is to support the educational goals of Lamar High School by being the most outstanding Unit in the city. In 1946, General Dwight D. Eisenhower described the Lamar JROTC program as "Best of the Best". From that day we have strived to uphold this title and perform at the best of our abilities. At Lamar we take into consideration not only our academics and leadership but the students themselves. Take your time looking through our website and you will see why we are "Best of the Best".
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Phyllis M. Fredericks is a 30-year veteran of the United States Army and was born in St. Croix US Virgin Islands. LTC Fredericks graduated from St. Joseph High School in St. Croix and after a gap year she attended St. Francis College in Brooklyn NY. She returned to the Virgin Islands and began her teaching career in 1986. In 1990 she enlisted into the US Army as a Private First Class and became a member of the Virgin Islands Army National Guard. In the summer of 1991 LTC Fredericks attended OCS in Fort Benning, Georgia and became a Commission Officer of the US Army. In 1992 LTC Fredericks attended the Adjutant General Officer Basic Course. Along with the numerous Human Resources positions, LTC Fredericks also served as a Detachment Commander, Military Police Platoon Leader, S3, and Physical Security Officer.
LTC Fredericks served in both the Virgin Islands Army National Guard and the Texas Army National Guard. Her assignments included 104th Troop Command, VIARNG; 61st Military Company, VIARNG; 36th Infantry Division, TXARNG; 111th Area Support Group, TXARNG; 136 MEB, TXARNG; Joint Force Headquarters, TXARNG. While in the TXARNG, LTC Fredericks deployed to Afghanistan (OEF) from March 2005 to March 2006 with the 111st Area Support Group out of Camp Mabry, Austin TX. She served as the Human Resources Officer during Operation Eagle in Afghanistan.
LTC Fredericks’ military education includes Basic Training, AG Officer Basic and Advance Courses, Security/Crime Prevention, CAS3, and USACGSOC-ILE. She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education from St. Francis College, Brooklyn NY and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Phoenix.
LTC Fredericks’ awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,
LTC Fredericks has 3 children: Jason 32, Jade and Jasir 16. She is currently living in Manvel, Texas.
Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Hai H. Dang is a 32 years veteran in the United States Army and was born in Saigon, Vietnam. At the conclusion of the Vietnam conflict, he immigrated to the United States in 1975 and enlisted in the Army in October 1982. He received Basic and Advanced Individual Training under One Station Unit Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and graduated as a 13B Cannon Crewmember in February 1983. Command Sergeant Major Dang has served in numerous positions in the Artillery field from powder man to Command Sergeant Major.
Sergeant Major Dang's assignments include 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery, 7th Infantry Division (Light); 1st Battalion, 39th Field Artillery, 18th Airborne Corp; 1st Battalion, 22nd Field Artillery later redesignated as 2nd Battalion, 1st Field Artillery, 1st Armor Division (Mech); 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment as a Drill Sergeant; 1st Battalion, 8th Field Artillery, 25th Infantry Division (Light); 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division (Mech); 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division (Mech); 2nd and 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT); 18th Field Artillery Brigade; 1st, 9th Field Artillery, 3rd Infantry Division (Mech), 5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment, and 3rd, 7th Field Artillery, 25th Infantry Division (Light).
Command Sergeant Major Dang's military education includes NCOES from Primary Noncommissioned Officer Course to the United States Army Sergeants Major Course (Class #56). He is also a graduate of NBC School, Hazardous Material Course, Training Development Course, Master Fitness Course, NCO Retention Course, United States Army Drill Sergeant School, Airborne School, Pathfinder School, Light Leader Course, Rappel Master Course, Air Assault School, First Sergeant's Course, and Battle Staff Course. Sergeant Major Dang has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Liberal Studies from Excelsior College and an Associate's Degree from University of Maryland.
Command Sergeant Major Dang's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal, Kosovo Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Service Medal, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge and German Parachutist Badge. Sergeant Major Dang is also a recipient of the Order of Saint Barbara.
Command Sergeant Major Dang is married the former Thuy K. Le and they have two sons: Zachery 33, and Edward 26. They’re currently living in Richmond Texas.