LTC John McLeod

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LTC John McLeod


I am the Senior Army Instructor here at "The Baptist Hill Middle High School." I am excited to continue my commitment to the Mighty Bobcat Team in teaching the future leaders of Hollywood, Charleston County, South Carolina and beyond. I currently instruct Junior ROTC (Leadership & Citizenship) to grades 9-12 .
Go Bobcats!!!

LTC McLeod is a graduate of Highland Park High School, Highland Park, Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and an Army Commission as a Second Lieutenant, Aviation, from The South Carolina State University. He earned a Masters of Arts in Management from Webster University. His military education includes the Infantry Officer’s Basic Course, US Army Flight School; Aviation Officer’s Advanced Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School; and Command and General Staff College.

LTC McLeod retired from active duty in 2013 as the Director, Department of Aviation Trades Training, 128th Aviation Brigade (Aviation Logistics), Fort Eustis, VA. His other assignments include command and staff positions at all levels in over 14 different countries, serving in several of them twice. He safely piloted several hundred missions accumulating 1,200 accident-free flying hours. His military combat service awards and decorations received by LTC McLeod are numerous.  His most significant include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (6 OLC), the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Combat Action, Air Assault and Parachutist Badges; the Senior Army Aviator Badge. His regimental affiliation is the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell, KY.

LTC McLeod currently serves as the Senior Army Instructor (SAI) for the Baptist Hill High School JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps) with 150 of 240 students enrolled. His JROTC “Bobcat” Battalion has been awarded the Meritorious Unit with Distinction Award in both 2015, 2016 and 2017. He takes pride in that after his first year as the SAI, no Cadets finished in their class’s top 10 students. Since then, his top Cadets have finished as their classes Salutatorian and in 2017 the Valedictorian. The Class of 2018 is projected that the top five students are enrolled as JROTC Cadets and will culminate with both the Valedictorian and Salutatorian being JROTC Cadets.  LTC McLeod volunteered to serve as the JROTC Carolina One Camp Bravo Company Commander responsible for the safety, training and welfare of 200 Cadets from 12 schools from across South Carolina. His Bravo Company Bulldogs have won Honor Company of the JCLC 1 Cycle two years consecutively (2015 & 2016). In 2017, his 2016 Bravo Company Executive Officer’s company won Honor Company with the Bravo Company Bulldogs finishing second.

Challenged with the thought of finding new ways to honor his upcoming scholarly Cadets, LTC McLeod created the idea for a Baptist Hill High School Chapter of the National Honor Society. Upon positive approval and support from the principal, he researched and submitted the documents and chartered the schools’ first National Honor Society. Later that year, he chartered the school’s first Junior Honor Society Chapter to help recognize middle school scholastic achievements. Baptist Hill was established as a stand-alone JROTC Program in 1998, however the program still had no battalion colors, patch or crest to represent the Bobcat Battalion. McLeod initiated the documents and research to obtain the colors at no cost and is waiting for the approval processes through the JROTC channels to the Institute of Heraldry for its first crest and shoulder sleeve insignia.

LTC McLeod is a huge supporter of the Baptist Hill Athletics. He often can be found taking photographs of his Cadets in action. He also voluntarily took over the role of the “Voice of the Bobcats,” announcing the play calls of the football and basketball games.  In May of 2017, he was recognized as the Baptist Hill Athletics Volunteer of the year. When the regular scorekeeper was absent, McLeod would keep scores, times and still make room to announce the games. He also serves as a member of the school’s Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) Team and previously served on the Principal’s Strategic Planning Group.

LTC McLeod’s personal motto and drive for everything the Bobcat Battalion is about is “It’s about the Cadets.”