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Entering the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, the Marshall High School Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) program welcomed two new instructors, Lt Col Jason Winslow and MSgt Brian Cumberland, who brought a new vision and a level of energy never seen before in the MHS AFJROTC program.

The year of change culminated with the TX-20024 MHS Air Force JROTC Cadet Corps being honored with the most prestigious award in the JROTC system, the Silver Star Community Service Excellence Award. Cadets performed a total of 5,613 community service hours and were recognized as just one of 45 JROTC programs in the nation to earn the Silver Star.

The honor puts MHS JROTC in the top five percent of all AFJROTC organizations in the United States, which currently number over 900.

Other outstanding accomplishments and recognitions achieved by TX-20024 MHS include:

• The AFJROTC program and school were evaluated by HQ AFJROTC for compliance in all areas. The program, cadets, and school received an overall score of “meets standards” with three of seven individual-evaluated areas receiving “exceeds standards.” This Unit Evaluation was the first time in the program history that the cadets received no findings for uniform or dress and appearance -- a testament to the level of commitment displayed by our cadets.

• The AFJROTC program raised over $40,000 through various fundraisers, donations, and support from MISD to bring new and exciting opportunities to the community. Already underway is the Spirit Team which brings excitement through fitness (push-up boards) to local area schools, community, and sporting events. The instructors started a competitive archery program and plan to host meets at MHS in the fall of 2018. Perhaps the most unique offering is a competitive bass fishing team, which will start in 2018. The instructors and cadets also started a rock band and played several events for local nursing homes, veterans homes, and headlined the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Music Festival at MHS.

• While community service was the major undertaking this year, as a program TX-20024 excelled. MHS AFJROTC won the National AFJROTC “Distinguished Unit Award” for 2017-2018. This was accomplished through great teamwork and collaboration with the school, community, district, and HQ AFJROTC.

• TX-20024 had many stand-out performers. During the HQ Unit Evaluation, Cadets Dakota Allen and Destine Alford were recognized as “professional performers.” Both plan to utilize the success achieved in JROTC to springboard into a career in the Air Force.

• The mission of AFJROTC is to develop citizens of character. Community service is the tool by which cadets develop a heart for others. During SY 2017-2018, MHS Cadet Robert Haney performed 206.5 individual hours and Cadets Dakota Allen, Lauren Pritchard, Chris Lawrence, Manich Prak, Regina Murray, and D’Azzmine Gooden all performed well over 100 hours respectively.

• The AFJROTC Cadets of the Year were recently announced. First Year Cadet of the Year was Chris Lawrence, Second Year was Lauren Pritchard, Third Year was Mirza Soto, and Fourth Year was Regina Murray. The overall Cadet of the Year, “Commanders Award,” was Destine Alford.

• Lt Col Winslow and MSgt Cumberland were recognized as “Teachers of the Week." And lastly, Lt Col Winslow was recently nominated for AFJROTC Instructor of the Year, which is expected to be posted by mid-May.

The mission of AFJROTC is to "develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community."

Our goal is to "instill values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and sense of accomplishment." We seek to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship, promote community service, instill responsibility, character and self-discipline, and provide instruction in air and space fundamentals.
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