Indy AFJROTC competes in the annual CMS Orienteering Competition

Patriots Orienteering Team.
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The men’s team pose for a photo.
The ladies team in action.

The Independence High School Air Force JROTC recently competed in the Annual CMS JROTC Orienteering Competition on February 29th at the McDowell Nature Preserve against 38 teams from 19 area High School JROTC units. Orienteering is the sport of navigation, using a highly detailed map. The NC-022 teams are just beginning to get the hang of the competition and performed very well. The cadets gradually build their map-reading skills from exploring local parks full of obvious structures to navigating remote terrain with few, if any, man-made features. The cadets work as a team and gain important skills they can use in many real-life endeavors.

These Air Force Junior ROTC cadets certainly live up to the AFJROTC Cadet Creed.



“I am an Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet. I am connected and faithful to every Corps of Cadets who served their community and nation with Patriotism. I earn respect when I uphold the Core Values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do. 

I will always conduct myself to bring credit to my family, school, Corps of Cadets, community, and to myself. My Character defines me. I will not lie, cheat or steal. I am accountable for my actions and deeds. I will hold others accountable for their actions as well.

I will honor those I serve with, those who have gone before me, and those who will come after me. I am a Patriot, a Leader, and a Wingman devoted to those I follow, serve, and lead. I am an Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet.

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