Pine-Richland Air Force JROTC Earns Distinguished Unit Award - PineCreek Journal

Pine-Richland Air Force JROTC Earns Distinguished Unit Award

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | 4:09 PM

Pine-Richland High School Air Force JROTC has been selected as one of 387 units to receive the 2019-2020 Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit Award. This award recognizes Air Force JROTC units that have performed well above and beyond normal expectations and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force JROTC citizen development mission for America.

To earn this award, units have to meet several milestones during the school year including meeting enrollment criteria, service hour requirements, meeting deadlines throughout the school year, conducting a self-assessment, accomplishing six or more leadership development requirements, and more.

The objectives of the Air Force JROTC program are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills; promote community service; instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline through character education, and to provide instruction in air and space fundamentals. Enrollment is open to high school students who are in the 9th to 12th grades.

In 2018-2019, Pine-Richland entered a successful crosstown agreement with Mars Area High School. As a result, the program opened its doors to all Mars Area High School students in Grades 9-12. Participating students travel to and from Pine-Richland High School daily to attend JROTC courses and activities.

Major Michael Morrison and Chief Michael Gasparetto oversee the program, which began in 2010 at Pine-Richland High School.

This is the second year in a  row the unit has earned the award.