WHS JROTC Earns Honor Unit with Distinction Recognition
Concluding another successful year, the Washingtonville HS Army JROTC unit once again retained its designation as an Honor Unit with Distinction for the 2017–2018 school year. The Department of the Army presents this award annually to outstanding JROTC units that maintain an exceptionally high standard of performance and achievement. The designation of “Honor Unit with Distinction” is the highest possible recognition that a JROTC unit can earn. The Washingtonville unit ranks in a select group nationwide; less than ten percent of all JROTC units earn this recognition. All cadets are now authorized to continue to wear the distinctive gold star on their JROTC uniforms.
Earlier in the year three Army officials from Fort Dix, New Jersey, the headquarters for all JROTC units in the Northeast, visited the unit to conduct a formal inspection. Cadets gave the officials a formal briefing on their activities and accomplishments. Senior cadets of the Battalion spent hours preparing and rehearsing for the briefing. The cadets used videos and slides to highlight the many JROTC events that they conducted during the year, including community service projects, parades, color guards, rappelling and rafting activities, to name just a few.
Overall, the unit received a score of 97%. Receiving such a rating allows the Senior Army Instructor the opportunity to nominate graduating cadets to the US Military Academy at West Point, as well as nominations to each of the other service academies.
“This continues to be quite an honor for our unit,” said Chief Warrant Officer Three Harold Brickel, the Army Instructor at Washingtonville. “The cadets have worked hard to maintain this distinction. Presently we have a 2016 graduate, Allison Gonzales, attending the Naval Academy at Annapolis, having received an appointment through the JROTC nomination process.”
Chief Brickel further added that “cadets enlisting in the service are also eligible for accelerated promotions as a result of their military knowledge and experiences gained through JROTC.” Once again, congratulations to the WHS Magic Battalion cadets on a job well done.
Caption 1: JROTC Cadets march in Washingtonville.
Caption 2: Cadets have earned plenty of trophies to show for their hard work and dedication.