Independence Air Force JROTC Earns Distinguished Unit Award

Independence High School Cadets on field expedition.
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MINT HILL, NC – The NC-022 Air Force JROTC program at Independence High School was recently selected as one of the 387 units at high schools across the nation to receive the Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit Award, this past Academic Year 2019-2020. (Click below for gallery.)

This is the second consecutive year the program, led by Lt.Colonel Jeffrey J. Jenkins, USAF (Retired), and the excellent staff at Independence. The cadets are given valuable instruction required for success by Senior Master Sergeant Lolita Paterson (Retired) and Master Sergeant Romain Bell (Retired).



The award recognizes the Air Force JROTC units who have performed well above normal expectations and have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force JROTC citizen development mission for the United States of America.

The objectives of the Air Force JROTC program are to educate and develop high school cadets in citizenship, life skills, community service, responsibility, character, and self-discipline. Also, to provide top-notch instruction in air and space fundamentals.

Air Force JROTC operates approximately 890 plus programs across the United States and at selected schools located in Europe, the Pacific, and in Puerto Rico. The Air Force JROTC enrollment includes more than 125,000 cadets who perform and volunteer 1.5 million hours of community service every year.

For more information about the program at Independence High School, please contact Lt. Colonel Jeffrey Jenkins or David Legrand, School Principal at (980) 343-6900.

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