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.
9th Grade Center
7616 S. Garnett
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012-8705
Main Number: 918-357-4324
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 2009-2010 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.
Video clip of the Union High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at the Inaugural Parade
Special Teams and Organizations
Union AFJROTC offers a wide variety of Special teams and organizations.
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.
Union JROTC is always busy doing fun things with and for our community. Examples:
The Union JROTC instructors are highly qualified and decorated retired members of the United States Air Force each with more than 23 years of active service. Both 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.
|Ret. Lt. Col. Ronald McCool was recognized as the Teacher of the Year for Union Intermediate High School for 2010-2011. He is a former squadron commander and leader of the Air Force Air Training and Education Com mand's Inspector General Inspection team. He is a dedicated teacher and distance runner who leads by example with a grueling daily training regimen that continually inspires and challenges his students. Teacher Page|
|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. Teacher Page|