The Hixson High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps accomplished a first in the unit’s 46 year history. Headquarters Air Force JROTC announced the unit as a recipient of both the Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit with Merit Award and the Silver Star Community Service with Excellence Award for academic year 2018-2019.
On the heels of an extremely successful unit assessment in February, Air Force JROTC Unit TN-081 at Hixson High school was selected as one of 102 units to receive the 2018-2019 Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit with Merit Award. This award recognizes Air Force JROTC units that have performed above standards, and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school, community, and while meeting the Air Force JROTC citizen development mission for America.
The Silver Star Community Service with Excellence Award for the 2018-2019 school year recognizes the top 5 percent of 900 Air Force JROTC units worldwide based on community service in support of schools and their communities. This prestigious award is earned by units with the most community service hours per cadet. These events are planned and conducted by the cadets, under the supervision of their instructors. This school year, TN-081 had a total of 3,571 community service hours with each cadet averaging 40 hours of service. This award also recognizes the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, contributions of the instructors as mentors, and the support of the school and local community.
The mission of Air Force JROTC is to “Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.” 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. Air Force JROTC is located in almost 900 high schools across the United States and at selected schools in Europe, in the Pacific, and in Puerto Rico. Air Force JROTC enrollment includes more than 120,000 cadets who complete over 1.6 million hours of community service each year.
The Hixson High School AFJROTC program is led by Major (Retired) James Carbone and Master Sergeant (Retired) Doug Burhans.