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Honor for Community Service Awarded to Wylie East AFJROTC

8/4/2022

Wylie East’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps earned the Silver Star Community Service with Excellence Award. This award is presented to the top 5% of AFJROTC units worldwide.

Students retire flags

JROTC cadets retire U.S. flags as part of their community service.

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 their instructors.

“WEHS AFJROTC completed more than 5,560 community service hours last year, over 39 per cadet,”  WEHS Colonel USAF Charles Brooks McFarland Jr. said. “Wylie East was one of only five units in the state of Texas to earn this community service award.”

Students hold check.

Cadets present funds they raised to send veterans on Honor Flight.

According to Colonel Johnny R. McGonigal, Director of HQ US Air Force Junior ROTC, 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,” Col. McGonigal said.

Student salutes.

Each year, both Wylie East and Wylie High JROTC programs put on a Veteran’s Day ceremony honoring local servicemen.

This 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.

Known for its major contributions to Wylie Way Christmas and Holidays, AFJROTC set a goal to adopt 50 tags last year to purchase $7,500 worth of gifts. They surpassed that goal and purchased 70 tags,  $10,000 worth of gifts, nearly doubling the amount of tags they bought last year. 

Students with gifts

Cadets pose with Christmas gifts they purchased for local children.

“Gifts included nearly 20 bicycles, lots of slime kits, barbie doll playhouses, drones, fidget toys, various clothing items and lots and lots of books,” recent WEHS graduate and former AFJROTC cadet Jacob Cline said.

This is the fourth consecutive time that WEHS has been selected for this award.

Students smile.

JROTC cadets help out with traffic at the Wylie Arts Festival to earn community service hours.

“This is an incredible accomplishment and all units are congratulated for their efforts in supporting their communities,” Col. McGonigal said. “We recognize that it is not just about ‘hours,’ it is about the positive impact that these hours represent. The cadets, instructors, and schools are to be commended for earning this distinctive award. Well done!”