Easton High School Navy Junior ROTC Receives “Outstanding Unit” Award


Easton High School’s NJROTC unit recently held their annual end of year awards ceremony/cadet change of command at the EHS cafeteria. Friends, family members and members of community service and patriotic groups looked on as awards and recognition were given to the deserving cadets. Leadership and scholarship awards were given by representatives from the following groups: the American Legion Posts 70 and 77; the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5118, the Navy League of the United States; the Reserve Officer’s Association; the Military Officers Association; the Daughters of the American Revolution; the National Society, Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America, the Military Order of the Purple Heart; the Military Order of World Wars; and the Surface Navy Association. NJROTC specific recognitions were also awarded to cadets in the Distinguished and Honor categories.

The event also celebrated the accomplishments of the outgoing staff which was ably led by Commanding Officer Taylor Bennett and welcomed the incoming staff for school year 2017-2018: Commanding Officer Josh Valdez; Executive Officer Shelby Turner, Operations Officer Meredith Strickland; Administration Officer Sergio Velazquez and Supply Officer Jeremiah Gardner.

The unit celebrated a successful year of accomplishments which included the annual Veterans recognition ceremonies, superb performance in drill and athletic meets, and a 3 day field trip to Yorktown and Norfolk Virginia. The Unit was identified by the NJROTC Area 5 Manager, Captain James Daniels as having risen to the “Outstanding” level for the first time in the 21 years the unit has been in existence. All active cadets were awarded the “Unit Achievement ribbon” and a banner will be displayed on the unit ”Guide-on” to be displayed during drill competitions and parades.

The Easton High School NJROTC unit is open to all Easton, Saint Michael’s, North Caroline and Colonel Richardson high school students, offering Naval Science 1-4 classes. There is no obligation, commitment or expectation for students to join the Armed Forces.

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