Two Richland One Air Force JROTC Units Win International Awards

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Two Richland One Air Force JROTC Units Win International Awards

Pictured C.A. Johnson’s Air Force JROTC

The Air Force JROTC units at C. A. Johnson and Columbia high schools have been recognized as being among the best in the world by the United States Air Force. Both programs recently earned the U.S. Air Force’s 2019-2020 Distinguished Unit Award. This honor is bestowed upon select units that represent the best of the 890 Air Force JROTC units worldwide.

This award recognizes Air Force JROTC units that have performed with excellence and have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community. The personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, as well as their instructors’ diligent work in developing and mentoring cadets also are taken into consideration.

C.A. Johnson’s Air Force JROTC program is lead by aerospace science instructors Lt. Col. (USAF, Retired) Darrell T. Watkins and CMSgt. (USAF, Retired) James M. Powell III. Columbia High School’s program is under the leadership of Major (USAF, Retired) Ray Hammond and MSgt. (USAF, Retired) Jimmy Gaffney.

Air Force JROTC programs are in 890 high schools in the United States, as well as

select schools in Europe, the Pacific and Puerto Rico.

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