For the second consecutive year, the Boerne ISD Air Force Junior ROTC program has been named a Distinguished Unit by the United States Air Force.
BISD AFJROTC commanding officer Major Steve Laughery shared the announcement with his cadets on March 15, noting that each year only 10 percent of the 897 units worldwide earn this honor. It is the fourth time in the history of the Boerne ISD program that the unit has received this distinction.
"Our cadets have succeeded in an arduous process," Laughery said. "It is a process that highlights their excellence and dedication to the Air Force core values of integrity first, service before self and excellence in all you do." He noted that the unit is evaluated on a matrix of broad-ranging goals and successful achievement of those goals.
"Everyone in our community has probably been impacted by our Junior ROTC program," said Boerne ISD superintendent David Stelmazewski. "The cadets dutifully serve as color guard units for a whole host of programs in the community. And they are involved in as many service projects as any other student organization in the district.
"To have earned this distinction from the Air Force in any given year is very difficult to do and very impressive. To earn it two years in a row is simply phenomenal. A true testament to the students and their instructors."
The Boerne ISD AFJROTC unit includes 130 students from Boerne High School and Champion High School. Major Laughery and M Sgt. Jody Russ serve as faculty and sponsors for the unit.