Col. Norm Balchunas, director of Air Force Junior ROTC, congratulated the schools team and said this award is limited to only the best of the best of JROTC units.
The Distinguished Unit Award recognizes the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, the contributions of the instructors as mentors, and the support of the school and community, said Balchunas.
Photo: Walker County Schools Superintendent Melissa Mathis and board members Patty Hart, Susan Wells, Phyllis Hunter, Mike Carruth and Jim Smith congratulate Ridgeland cadet Majors Heather Williams and Ashley Gregg (corps commander), cadet Col. Brad Robertson and JROTC instructors Master Sgt. Carl Gentry and Lt. Col. Paul Simpson.
This award recognizes Air Force JROTC units that have performed above and beyond normal expectations and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force JROTC mission of producing better citizens for America.
Were proud of our cadets and Junior ROTC instructors for their hard work and dedication to making their program excellent, said Walker County Schools Superintendent Melissa Mathis. It is students like these and instructors like these that help to make Walker County Schools truly great.
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. Enrollment is open to all young people who are in the ninth grade or higher, physically fit, and are citizens or nationals of the United States.
For more information concerning Air Force JROTC, contact Master Sgt. Carl Gentry at Ridgeland High School at (706) 820-7131.
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