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School’s Air Force JROTC Inspection Gets High Marks

Master Sergeant Lucius Turner and Lieutenant Colonel Jesse Smith, instructors of the Eastern Wayne High Air Force Junior ROTC, say they along with the cadets have worked extremely hard all year to reshape and redefine the school’s AFJROTC program.  Their efforts paid off and were validated when the program recently went through a regional inspection.

The school’s AFJROTC unit is part of Region 2, which includes 113 AFJROTC units across six states. Nationally, the AFJROTC has approximately 900 units total.  During the EWH unit’s recent Division 2 inspection, the school’s AFJROTC program earned an overall unit assessment score of “Exceeds Standards,” the highest rating attainable. Earning the “Exceeds Standards” ranking places the unit among the top 2% of AFJROTC units in the nation.

“This was the first time this year the inspector had a unit ‘Exceeds Standards’ with zero discrepancies,” stated Lt. Col Smith. “The inspector inspected six main areas; school compliance, instructor performance, equipment management, co-curricular activities-which are mainly opportunities available outside the classroom, cadet operations, and unit operations. Every single area was rated ‘Exceeds Standards’.”

Instructors say the AFJROTC is intended to be a “cadet owned” program, and cadet operations are a critical part of the inspection grade.

“In a ‘cadet owned’ program, the cadet leadership is responsible for leading and maintaining all the functional areas and leading the entire cadet corps,” added Lt. Col. Smith. “All programs in the cadet corps should be cadet initiated, planned, led, executed and documented by cadets.”

In addition to the “Exceeds Standards” award, the inspector presented two “Top Performer Awards” which recognized two cadets for superior performance. These awards were presented to C/Lt Col Amber Michalek and C/SSgt Genesis Manzanares.  The upperclassmen leadership team that led the cadet corps this year was C/Col Faire, C/Lt Col Michalek, C/Lt Col Rosario, C/Maj Schilling and C/Maj Stevens.

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