On Tuesday, Jan. 24, Tuscola Air Force Junior ROTC cadets presented their 8th Annual NC-075 ‘State of the Cadet-Corps’ briefing to the Town of Waynesville Board of Aldermen. Cadet Corps Commander C/Lt Col Joy Kelley, along with three other cadets; C/2nd Lt Jack Leslie, C/2nd Lt Mayra Rios, and C/SSgt Aaleiah Cagle presented the briefing, which culminated with a resounding applause.
Air Force JROTC requires each unit to have their cadets plan, design, practice, and deliver their unit briefing during their annual higher-headquarters inspection. The unit briefing is one way for cadets to essentially show case all their hard-work. “AFJROTC curriculum is designed for students to plan and lead all the activities and events; so presenting their unit briefing usually comes easy when you have lots of examples to illustrate your hard-work and effort, especially community service,” said SMSgt Steve Robertson (Assistant Aerospace Science Instructor).
“Our Cadet Corps has a long history of serving alongside numerous agencies in our community. From working with the Town of Waynesville, Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, Folkmoot, and most recently our annual support to the Waynesville Salvation Army…our cadets keep the calendar full. I know our cadets really enjoy coming each year to tell their story to the Town of Waynesville. Highlights of the Cadet Corps briefing included examples of the more than 150 community service events performed by the Cadet Corps during the first semester, amounting to nearly 1,200 community service hours. In other words…that’s more than 12 hours of community service per cadet,” said Sergeant Robertson. Community service is a big piece of the JROTC program as it directly ties to the Air Force JROTC mission statement, “Developing citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.”
“We’re very proud to be a part of this community and our Cadet Corps family looks forward to presenting the briefing as it details our accomplishments especially in community service events. Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown initiated this tradition when he began his service as mayor and thoroughly enjoys watching our cadets in action. Mayor Brown’s response tonight shows his confidence in JROTC, especially in how it affords students opportunities to engage in their community. We share his confidence in knowing America’s future is a bright one,” said Lt Col Kevin Sutton (Senior Aerospace Science Instructor).