Clemens HS JROTC wins Distinguished Unit of Merit Award
Samuel Clemens High School Air Force JROTC Unit TX-82nd has earned the Distinguished Unit with Merit Award for the 2019-2020 school year. The distinction recognizes Air Force JROTC units that have performed themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force JROTC citizen development mission for America. The school received the notification of the award via a letter sent from Colonel Stephen T. Sanders, Director of Air Force JROTC Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.
Unit TX-82nd is one of only 79 units to earn this honor among the nation’s 890 Air Force JROTC units, placing Samuel Clemens High School’s unit among the top ten percent in the nation. The criteria for the award is broken up into eight sections, including Compliance, Instructor Performance, Equipment Management, Curriculum, Cadet Operations, Unit Operations and Special Interest Items.
The objectives of the Air Force 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 high school students who are in the 9th to 12th grades.
Unit TX-82nd at Samuel Clemens High School is under the direction of Lt. Col. Eric Bass (Retired), assisted by SMSgt. Catherine Butler, and CMSgt. Jeffrey Gideon.