During its recent three-year 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. The triennial inspection is required to provide feedback regarding the performance of the school’s AFJROTC unit and to assess its compliance with Public Law, Department of Defense and Air Force Instructions, and the written agreement which exists between the school district and the Air Force.
Under the leadership of instructors Lt. Col Lisa S. Franz and SMSgt Kenneth J. Reinhart, cadets spent weeks preparing for the inspection, which covered more than 50 assessment items. Led by Group Commander Cadet Nicholas Goodwin, cadets provided a Mission Briefing covering the operations of the unit, and how it adheres to the program standards set forth by the US Air Force.
Following the Mission Briefing, Cadet Grace Fyke led members of the drill team in a 30-step drill sequence. Additional parts of the evaluation included a full unit uniform inspection, meetings, school officials, and classroom observations. The inspection was completed by Robert Atkins Major (retired) Regional Director Headquarters AFJROTC.
“The inspection was a big deal for the whole unit,” Goodwin said. “Everybody put in a lot of hours making sure our logistics were up-to-date, making sure everything was accounted for and making sure all the cadets had everything issued to them.
“The feedback that we received was that we were doing great things for the school and community. We are exceeding standards and getting out there, providing community service hours and doing it not because it’s expected of us, but doing it because it helps the community. AFROTC is a great program that teaches you leadership had helps build character.”
During the inspection, Atkins presented Cadet Top Performer awards to Cadet Fyke and Cadet Nicholas Peddie. The Cadet Top Performer awards honor cadets who have demonstrated leadership in the unit, involvement in extracurricular activities, and overall academic performance.
About Howell High School Air Force JROTC Corps
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 one hundred cadets enrolled in the program.