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Southern Wayne High JROTC Unit Awarded Third Highest U.S. Air Force Honor

The Southern Wayne High (SWH) Air Force JROTC Unit (NC-023) was recently selected as one of 94 units nationwide to receive the 2018-2019 Air Force JROTC Outstanding Organization Award, the third highest United States Air Force honor that can be awarded to a JROTC unit. The Air Force JROTC Headquarters states that the award recognizes units that have performed well above and beyond normal expectations, and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force JROTC citizen development mission for America.

The SWH Air Force JROTC unit currently has approximately 100 cadets in grades 9-12, and is led by instructors Col George W. Schantz, Jr., USAF (Ret) and MSgt Dennis Hall, USAF (Ret).

Instructors say the unit was recognized with the award because cadets have helped meet critical suspense milestones throughout the school year established by HQ AFJROTC, including: Equipment inventories, Program Status Reports, Presidential Physical Fitness testing, Unit Goal establishment, Unit Self Assessments, Automated Data Processing Equipment inventory, and Instructor training requirements.  In addition, cadets planned and executed a high number of community service projects and participating events to ensure each cadet earned more than 8 community service hours for the school year.

“Our cadets ended the year with 14 community service hours per cadet,” states Col Schantz. “Some of the many community service events we participated in included community parades, flag ceremonies for local organizations and athletic events at the University of Mount Olive, highway cleanup events, and helping local veteran organizations with projects benefiting veterans and their families.”

District administrators congratulate the instructors and the cadets for their accomplishment in receiving the Outstanding Organization Award.  

“In order to be recognized with this program honor, participating students have clearly worked hard to meet the annual objectives and requirements of the Air Force JROTC program,” states Dr. Michael Dunsmore, WCPS Superintendent. “While individually every cadet had an important role, it took the entire unit working together to accomplish this success. We congratulate the Southern Wayne High Air Force JROTC unit for achieving this high military honor.”

The Air Force JROTC program states that its primary objectives 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.

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