Recognitions are based on various criteria

Beaufort High's JROTC wins national recognition
Posted on 06/12/2018
BHS's JROTC team

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Beaufort High School JROTC unit earns
national recognition for performance, service

BEAUFORT – Beaufort High School’s JROTC unit has won national recognition from the U.S. Air Force for its performance and community service.

The U.S. Air Force honored Beaufort High’s JROTC with its Distinguished Unit Award for the 2017-18 school year.  Last year the unit earned the Air Force’s Outstanding Organization Award.  The national recognitions are based on a combination of unit evaluations and community service by cadets.

Col. Paul Lips, the U.S. Air Force JROTC Director, said the awards “recognize the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, contributions of the instructors as mentors, and the support of the school and local community.”

“Certainly numerous AFJROTC units are doing great things in their respective communities, but these units truly represent the best of our 900 units worldwide,” Lips said.

Lt. Col. Andrew S.R. Wichers, USAF (Ret), Beaufort High’s Senior Aerospace Science Instructor, called the school’s cadets “an absolutely terrific group of young women and men." 

“Our cadets have nearly 4,000 hours of community service, more than any unit in school history,” Wichers said.  “We’re very proud of them.”