During a recent US Air Force inspection, the instructors and cadets of Howell High School’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AFJROTC) unit earned an overall assessment ranking of “Exceeds Standards,” which is the highest rating that a unit can attain.
“Lt Col Lisa S. Franz and SMSgt Kenneth J. Reinhart have created a dynamic and supportive learning environment coupled with an excellent community outreach,” said the Air Force in a press release. “The Howell High School Air Force JROTC citizenship program is making a positive impact on the cadets, the school, and the community.”
Under the leadership of their instructors and Group Commander Cadet Cameron Cochran, the Howell High School cadets take great pride in their unit, which was apparent in the remarks of the Air Force Inspector Colonel (Retired) Todd Taylor. Cadet Dusten Gonzalez and his logistics team were highlighted for their “outstanding” logistics program and facilities leading Col. Taylor to identify it as the “best logistics program” he had ever seen. Cadet Madeline Pierron, the unit’s Inspector General, helped prepare the cadets for the inspection and ensured that every cadet and program excelled throughout the day.
“Achieving a ranking of Exceeds Standards is an incredible accomplishment for our AF JROTC cadets and instructors,” said Jason Schrock, Howell High School principal. “Our unit has only been around for three years, however, in that short time they have established an excellent reputation for themselves. They are often a top contender at drill meets and have a positive impact on our school and community.”
The Howell High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps was established in 2014. It is a cadet (student) led program designed to teach high school students discipline, character, and citizenship, which help cadets achieve success in both college and their career. The AFJROTC program is not a military recruitment program. Currently, there are more than 100 cadets enrolled in the program.