HHS AFJROTC Unit Earns Prestigious Honor

Howell High School Air Force JROTC Unit Earns Prestigious Distinguished Unit Award with Merit
Posted on 05/29/2024
A group of cadets from the Howell High School Air Force Junior ROTC unit march down a street during a parade. They are dressed in their uniforms, and the group is led by cadets holding a green banner with yellow text that reads 'Howell High School Air Force JROTC MI-20141.' The street is lined with trees and spectators watching the parade.5/29/2024 - Howell High School's Air Force Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (AFJROTC) unit has earned the Distinguished Unit Award with Merit (DUA w/Merit) from Headquarters AFJROTC. This honor is awarded to AFJROTC units that demonstrate exceptional performance in all areas of their operation and receive a rating of Exceeds Standards during their AFJROTC unit evaluation. The DUA w/Merit signifies the highest level of achievement within the Air Force JROTC program, distinguishing Howell High School's unit as one of the best in the nation.

Aside from their rigorous in-class instruction, Howell AFJROTC cadets engage in various activities that foster their personal and professional growth. These include community service and participation in co-curricular activities such as Drill, CyberPatriot, Cadet Challenge, StellarXplorers, Raiders, and many others. They also organize and participate in notable events like the Combat Dining-In, Bataan Death March, and Military Ball. The program also includes the Kitty Hawk Honors Society, a cadet-led program focusing on upholding high academic standards, promoting school and community service, and developing leadership skills.

"We are incredibly proud of our cadets and their outstanding achievements. Earning the Distinguished Unit Award with Merit is a testament to their hard work, dedication, and commitment to excellence. Our cadets have excelled in their academic and extracurricular pursuits and made significant contributions to our school and community, said Chief Master Sgt (ret). Jeffrey Bundy, U.S. Air Force, and Howell High School senior aerospace science instructor. "This award reflects the high standards and values that our JROTC program instills in its cadets. We are honored to receive this recognition and will continue to strive for excellence in all that we do."

About the Air Force Junior ROTC Program
The Air Force Junior ROTC program aims to help high school students become better citizens and leaders by instilling a sense of responsibility, character, and self-discipline. The program promotes community service, education excellence, teamwork, fitness, and personal development for success.
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