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Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
The objectives of the AFJROTC program are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills; promote community service; instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline through character education, and to provide instruction in air and space fundamentals. Enrollment is open to all young people who are in the ninth grade or higher, physically fit, and are citizens or nationals of the United States.
Since its formation in August of 2002, the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) program at Union Public Schools has grown into one of the most decorated and most respected units in Green Country. Union's color guards conduct nearly 100 flag ceremonies each year and its competitive drill and fitness teams have won trophies in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri and Kansas.
Union's AFJROTC program was the only organization of any kind to represent the state of Oklahoma in the Presidential Inaugural Parade in 2009. It conducts formal military ceremonies and volunteer services for community and veteran's groups throughout the area massing in excess of 2,000 hours of community service annually.
The program was selected as one of 90 units to receive the 2017-2018 Air Force Junior ROTC Distinguished Unit Award. This award recognizes Air Force Junior ROTC units that have performed above and beyond normal expectations, and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force Junior ROTC mission of producing better citizens for America.
Cadets learn self-discipline, planning and goal setting, military skills, physical fitness and self-defense during a four-year academic program. The program is designed to build the character and confidence in each student so they can face the challenges of the modern world.
The Corps of Cadets is organized in the same manner as an active duty Air Force Group. It is comprised of a group commander and group staff, three squadrons each with two 12-person flights.
Special Teams and Organizations
Union AFJROTC offers a wide variety of Special teams and organizations.
- Threads of Valor Silent Sentries
- Kitty Hawk Honor Society - This is the AFJROTC honor society. Cadets must have an "A" in JROTC and at least a "B" in all other classes to qualify. These cadets lead our corps in community service
- Academic Challenge Team - Part of the Kitty Hawk Society, this team competes against other JROTC units around the country for scholarships and other forms of recognition.
- Awareness Presentation Team - This group of cadets goes to schools within Union Public Schools, conducting ceremonies on special days and teaching/mentoring to younger students. They teach safety patrols proper flag etiquette and assist with the Drug-Free Youth program and much more.
- Competitive Drill Team - This organization is comprised of three teams; the Armed drill team, Unarmed drill team and the Color Guard. These teams compete in drill competitions in a four-state area. Union drill teams have won more than 200 trophies and a well-earned reputation for drill excellence.
- Honor Guard - Members work hard presenting the National Colors at school and community events throughout Green Country. They also perform "saber details" for events such as Mr. and Miss Union coronation, the Teacher of the Year announcement and other special ceremonies. The honor guard has also participated in memorial services, funerals and weddings.
- Warrior Athlete Superior Performance Team (WASP) - Just as the name clearly states, this team is the best of the best in Union AFJROTC. They are the masters of our military skills to include combat arts and all areas of physical fitness. They have adopted a warrior athlete mentality that demands excellence in everything they do, in all aspects of thier lives.
- Raider Challenge Team - This team competes against Army JROTC units in Raider competitions in the four-state area.
- Bataan Memorial March Team - This team takes on the challenge of completing the annual 26.2 mile Bataan Memorial March in White Sands New Mexico each year. This march is attended by more than 5,000 miliary and civilian competitors each year. It commemorates the "Bataan Death March" of World War II.
- Spirit Knights Push-up Squad - This team is all about Union High School Spirit. This team performs push-ups in the end zone at football games - doing a push-up for every point scored by our Redskin football team.
Union JROTC is always busy doing fun things with and for our community. Examples:
- Christmas Play - "A Soldier's Christmas" is a collection of dramatic readings and humorous skits designed to illustrate the realities of life in our military during the holiday season. This play is performed and presented entirely by the Corps of Cadets.
- Military Ball - This is a military version of prom. It is a formal dinner and dance for cadets and friends of the corps.
- Union Drill Meet - Union AFJROTC hosts the only "open" drill competion in Oklahoma. This event is entirely planned and executed by Union cadets.
E2C Extreme Endurance Challenge - A unique fitness challenge in the JROTC world in which an n entire day is dedicated to a competition of warrior attitude and fitness.
The Union JROTC instructors are highly qualified and decorated retired members of the United States Air Force with more than 23 years of active service. Union's instructors served with distinction in the first Gulf War and have been recognized repeatedly as AFJROTC Outstanding Instructors since forming the Union program in August 2002. Their leadership has helped this unit to be recognized as among the best in the nation earning the distinguished unit award 4 consecutive times.
SMSgt Daniel Snow is former Security Forces Base Defense Expert and Air Force First Sergeant. He was recognized as the Air Force First Sergeant of the Year in 1995. He is also the head coach for the Union Girls Soccer Developmental Program (UDP) and an assistant coach for the two-time state champion girls varsity soccer team. Snow is dedicated to his cadets and players. He is known for developing innovative lesson plans and fitness training programs to challenge and inspire them to push beyond their comfort zone.
9th Grade Center
7616 S. Garnett
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012-8705
Main Number: 918-357-4324