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Air Force JROTC earns Distinguished Unit Award

Cadet leaders for 2013-2014 school year: Front:(L-R)-Duncan Greene, Terra Greene, Jasmin Cruz-Luna,and Tiffany Deese Back:(L-R)-Andrew Eubanks, Lincoln Cress, and Carson King

Parkwood Air Force JROTC has earned the highest possible award from Headquarters Air Force JROTC for the 2013-2014 school year - the Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit Award. The unit exceeded expectations and distinguished itself through outstanding service to the school and community while meeting the Air Force JROTC mission of producing better citizens for America.

“It was a fantastic year for AFJROTC. We accomplished astronomical achievements, exemplifying our core values. Cadets will always be willing to serve their community, and that’s something I am glad I’ve been a part of,” commented senior cadet, Duncan Greene.

His sister and fellow senior cadet, Terra Greene also commented, “We are an awesome group of people who do all we can to help others out. I’m so proud of our cadets who worked so hard to help achieve this goal!”

Cadets in the corps completed more than 1200 community service hours - an average of over 12 hours per cadet - to receive the award. Examples of service projects were Saturdays at Loaves and Fishes food bank and the Union County Christmas Bureau in Monroe, as well as Veterans Day and Drug/Alcohol Awareness presentations to classes at PWMS and PWHS. Daily/weekly flag details and pledge recitation were recurring projects for the school.

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

Written by: Lt. Col. Eric Kelly (Ret)
Posted: May 15, 2014 by Regina Snelson

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