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UCPS' Air Force JROTC wins 2009-2010 Distinguished Unit Award

The Armed Exhibition team, comprised of Porter Ridge students, perform their award-winning routine for parents during a recent parent night at the school.

The Air Force Junior ROTC units at Parkwood and Piedmont High Schools have been selected as recipients of 2009-2010 Air Force Junior ROTC Distinguished Unit Award. Cadets from Porter Ridge High School are also cross-enrolled into the Piedmont Air Force Junior ROTC program and also received the award.

The Junior ROTC programs were among 226 units recognized nationwide with this award. The award recognizes Air Force Junior ROTC units that have performed above and beyond normal expectations. According to a US Air Force Junior ROTC press release, the award goes to units that “have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force Junior ROTC mission of producing better citizens for America.”

The objectives of the Junior ROTC 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, the release said.

Enrollment is open to all students in the ninth grade or higher who are physically fit and citizens or nationals of the United States.

Air Force Junior ROTC is located in 884 high schools across the United States and at selected schools in Europe, in the Pacific and Puerto Rico, with a total enrollment of more than 110,000 cadets. Cadets participate in numerous extracurricular activities, drill meets, and field trips. They remain actively involved in their communities, as well as completing daily academic and leadership courses.

 

Written by: Capt. Louis D. Werder, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor Piedmont High School
Posted: Jul 01, 2010 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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