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Ryan High AFJROTC Earns 2019 Distinguished Unit Awards with Merit


Denton ISD recently had an Air Force Junior ROTC unit earn the highest unit level award possible. Unit TX-093 at Billy Ryan High School has been selected as one of 102 units in the United States to receive the 2018-2019 Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit with Merit Award. Only 8 units in the entire state of Texas received this designation.


“Our cadets placed a strong emphasis on service to school, community and nation,” said Lt. Col. Michael Deal. “We believe the AFJROTC program at Billy Ryan High School provides valuable life lessons with many incentives to work hard and excel.”


The Distinguished Unit with Merit award recognizes Air Force JROTC units across the United States that have performed well above and beyond normal expectations. The award specifically recognizes those units that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force JROTC citizen development mission for America.


“Our corps has developed our cadets not only to be better citizens, but also to be examples and role models for our younger cadets,” said Unit TX-093 Corps Commander, Bethany Strickland. “This is reflected in our selection as one the best units in the United States.”  


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 close to 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 do over 1.6 million hours of community service each year.