“The cadets were very impressive and displayed exemplary pride in their unit,” stated Col. Bobby C. Woods, Jr., Director of the HQ AFJROTC in his recent letter of congratulations. San Jacinto High’s unit was evaluated by Col. (Retired) Ben Young, Jr., to provide feedback on their performance and assess their compliance with Public Law, Department of Defense and Air Force Instructions, and the written agreement that exists between SJUSD and the Air Force.
Instructors Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Michael B. Howard, Senior Master Sergeant (Retired) Richard J. DeMarti, and Senior Master Sergeant (Retired) Troy L. Loar were all noted as exceptional role models and providing a quality AFJROTC program. “The strength of our program is reflected in the instructors. I had no doubt that the inspection would reflect their hard work and dedication to our cadets,” shared Principal Courtney Hall. She added, “Our cadets are amazing individuals who we are proud to have represent San Jacinto High School. We look to them for inspiration and for examples for all our students to follow. I couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them and am so pleased that this inspection validated what we already know to be true about them!”
The district agrees that the AFJROTC citizenship program is making a positive impact on the cadets, the school and the community. “Our ROTC is an amazing place of connection for our students where character, honor and professionalism are evident in every cadet,” said Superintendent Diane Perez. “It has provided hope and opportunities to students, many of whom have gone on to college and to be successful, contributing members of our community,” she continued, “and I am from an Air Force family and wholeheartedly support this incredible program.”