Sequoyah High School Air Force Junior ROTC Designated as a Distinguished Unit
Sequoyah High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) program was recently designated an AFJROTC Distinguished Unit. The award recognizes AFJROTC units that have performed above and beyond normal expectations, and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the AFJROTC mission of producing better citizens for America. This is the third consecutive year that Sequoyah HS has earned this honor. There are currently 63 AFJROTC units in Georgia, and Sequoyah HS was one of 26 units in the state to be so recognized; it also the only Air Force unit in Cherokee County. In order to be designated a Distinguished unit, an AFJROTC unit has to submit goals and objectives at the beginning of a school year in the categories of school goals, community goals, and cadet goals. At the end of the school year, a detailed account of how these goals and objectives were met is submitted to the Air Force, and a board decides which schools have fully met the criteria. The objectives of the AFJROTC 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. Lt. Col. (Ret.) Chuck Slater is the AFJROTC Senior Aerospace Science Instructor at Sequoyah HS.