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Two UCPS schools’ AFJROTC programs recognized

Three cadets from Parkwood High School’s AFJROTC Unit NC-20067 take a moment to pose for a photo after their unit wins the Distinguished Unit Award. Pictured, from left, are senior Joshua Harold, sophomore Duncan Greene and senior Lucas Wyszumiala. (Below) AFJROTC Unit NC-955, which has students from both Piedmont High and Porter Ridge High Schools, was also recognized with the Distinguished Unit Award with Merit. They are pictured during a recent field trip to Ellis Island.

Written by: Courtney Wright
UCPS Communications Intern

Two of Union County Public Schools’ Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) units have recently earned top honors from the United States Air Force for their performance in the 2011-2012 school year. Unit NC-955 at Piedmont High School has received the Distinguished Unit Award with Merit and unit NC-20067 at Parkwood High School has received the Distinguished Unit Award.

“These awards recognize the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, the contributions of the instructors as mentors of the cadets, and the support of the schools and communities,” said Col. Chris Wheeler, Director of the Air Force Junior ROTC.

The awards honor AFJROTC units that have performed above and beyond the established core requirements and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding school and community service while meeting the AFJROTC mission of producing better citizens for America. Wheeler noted that these awards are “limited to the best of the best.”

According to information released by the AFJROTC, the objectives of the program are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills, promote community service, instill responsibility and self-discipline through character education, and to provide instruction in air and space fundamentals.

AFJROTC enrollment is open to all students who are in the ninth grade or higher and are citizens or nationals of the United States, the release said. The program is located in 882 high schools across the U.S. and at selected schools in Europe, the Pacific and Puerto Rico. Currently, AFJROTC enrollment includes more than 120,000 cadets.

For more information about Piedmont High School’s AFJROTC program contact the school’s AFJROTC department at (704) 753-2810. For more information about Parkwood High School’s AFJROTC program contact the school’s AFJROTC department at (704) 764-2900.

Written by: Courtney Wright, UCPS Communications Intern
Posted: Jul 12, 2012 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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