Cadets, along with Lt. Col. Bryan Eckart, on a recent trip this summer.
The Nevada High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) won, for the first time in school history, the “Silver Star” Community Service Award with Excellence for the Year school year 2021-2022. This prestigious award recognizes the top 5% of all AFJROTC units (870 units worldwide) based on community service to local schools and communities.
Colonel McGonigal, Director of the Air Force JROTC, wrote in his congratulatory letter to retired Air Force Lt. Col. Bryan Eckart and Master Sgt. James Quinlan: “The importance of service and understanding of its positive impact on our cadets, our schools, our communities and our nation is an essential part of what we strive to teach in our program and is central to our mission within the AFJROTC The award is given to units with the highest average per cadet hours of community service that are earned and conducted by cadets under the supervision of our instructors.This award also recognizes personal growth and achievement of cadets, contributions from instructors as mentors and support from the school and local community This year, AFJROTC cadets completed 1.1 million hours of community service. unbelievable and all units are commended for their efforts in support of their communities. We recognize that it’s not just about ‘hours’, it’s about the positive impact those hours represent. Cadets, instructors and schools are to be congratulated for earning this distinctive award.”
All NHS cadets will receive the Community Service with Excellence ribbon with a Silver Star device for their uniforms. Lt. Col. Eckart, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor, said, “Winning the Silver Star Community Service with Excellence Award is a testament to the culture and commitment of our cadets, and the leadership and dedication of our cadet corps. , our flight commanders and squadron personnel. personal.”
For the current school year, Nevada JROTC cadets completed more than 1,858 community service hours (an average of more than 31 community service hours per cadet) and held multiple events to collect food and donations money for the food pantry and the Moss House, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence.
Cadets Gabriel Adams, Quinton Crews and Tyler Vance led the way in community service hours with Adams and Crews each with well over 100 community service hours and Vance just below that mark.
“This award builds on the success of Nevada’s JROTC program as it received the Distinguished Unit Award from Air Force Headquarters JROTC last month,” Lt. Col. Eckart noted.