AFJROTC Awards Ceremony

Keely King, Illustrator

On May 2, at Millard South High School, the AFJROTC program held its awards ceremony to acknowledge this year’s accomplishments. It started with the presentation of colors by the color guard team and the national anthem. After the national anthem, the Chaplain reads off the prayer. Once the prayer was over Cadet Gabriel Castro started with an opening speech. 

“Before we begin with the awards tonight, I would like to quickly mention a few of our unit’s achievements this year,” he began. 

The corps accumulated over 830 total hours of community service by volunteering at various events such as fundraisers, community clean-ups, and the American Legion. They have also conducted 39 Color Guard presentations and flag details, and over 300 before or after school activities. As well as their Cyberpatriot, a National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association to inspire K-12 students toward careers such as cybersecurity,  who had won third place at state. 

Once the acknowledgments were announced the awards part of the ceremony began which consisted of 32 different awards like the Attendance ribbon or the Military Officers Association Award. The last part of the awards ceremony was the change of command where the current group commander Gabriel Castro, a fourth-year, passes on the responsibility for the corps’ success to the new group commander Paige Gonzales, a third-year. After she accepts the duty she read off all the new staff. Finally, Master Sergeant Schnabel and Lieutenant Colonel Ball came up to the podium.

“Thank you, everyone, for coming, thank you to the seniors for doing this award ceremony, and learning alongside me as well as making the best of this corps,” said Sargent Schnabel.

“… The last time I was up here, I was watching as my son received his awards so it’s very neat to be a part of this and sit next to all these amazing people and learn from all of the cadets,” followed Col. Ball.

With those closing remarks, the Awards ceremony ended.