Cypress, TX (May 22, 2013) Jersey Village High School Air Force Junior ROTC Unit TX-20017 earned the “Silver Star” Community Service with Excellence Award for 2015-2016—the fourth-highest award among 60 that cadets may earn.
The prestigious award recognizes the top 5 percent of all AFJROTC units based on community service in support of schools and local communities. The mission of AFJROTC is to “Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.”
“The importance of service and understanding how it positively impacts our cadets, schools, communities and our nation is a critical component of what we strive to teach through our program and is a central part of our mission in AFJROTC,” said Major Dennis Martinez, senior aerospace science instructor and AFJROTC sponsor.
The award is earned by units with the highest per-cadet average of community service hours that are planned and conducted by cadets under the supervision of instructors. The award also recognizes the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, contributions of the instructors as mentors and the support of the school and local community.
This year, AFJROTC cadets nationwide set a new record with 1,660,025 community service hours. Next year, the AFJROTC goal is 1.7 million community service hours.
“We recognize that it is not about just about ‘hours, it is about the positive impact that these hours represent,” Major Martinez said.
Jersey Village AFJROTC was involved in 92 percent of all home games involving color guard flag Presentations. More than 55 games including football, volleyball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, wrestling, tennis, boys’ and girls’ soccer, softball and baseball began with a colors presentation.
Another 20 color guard presentations were performed around the city, which included a Houston Texans football game, Houston Astros baseball game, Houston chapter of the Air Force Academy Association, Houston Vituosi VIP recognition, CFISD leadership conference, CFISD transportation conference, CFISD Board meeting, CFISD Wall of Fame recognition ceremony, Houston Chapter Beta Sigma Phi sorority, Veterans Day events, assisted living home presentations, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, business grand openings, National Honor Society ceremony and high school and middle school awards ceremonies. A total of more than 75 Color Guard presentations were conducted.
Jersey Village cadets cleaned up neighborhood trash 19 different times, contributing more than 475 hours to the effort with an average of 25 cadets participating. Additionally, cadets participated in the semiannual clean-up of Jamaica Beach as part of the Adopt-A-Beach program. Cadets lent their early morning hours to support the Houston Marathon and Woodlands Marathon, and contributed almost 2,300 hours of community service time—an average of more than 18 hours per cadet.
Major Martinez and Technical Joseph D. Campbell commended the cadet corps commanders, LtCols. Victoria Hernandez and Jose Rosario, for the tremendous efforts in leading Unit TX-20017 through many community service events and fundraising activities.