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  SENCLAND : Southeastern North Carolina (SENCLAND) Chapter MOAA


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JROTC Leadership Awards

SENCLAND supporting 18 JROTC Units

First picture is of Tom Jones, BGEN USA(Ret) presenting the MOAA Leadership Medal to Cadet Sgt Brian Steele at Pender HS.

Second picture is of Kris Gupton, MAJ USA(Ret) presenting MOAA Leadership Award to Cadet 1LT Arasay Eaton from North Brunswick HS.

Each spring the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) presents the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) Leadership Medal to a cadet at each of the fifteen high schools in the SENCLAND area. The recipient cadet is selected by the Senior Instructor at each of the high schools who meet the following criteria:

* Be in the next-to-last year of a JROTC program.

* Be in good academic standing.

* Be of high moral character.

* Evidence of high order of loyalty to the unit, school, and the country.

* Demonstrate exceptional potential for military leadership.

Eligibility criteria for the Marine Corps JROTC program is somewhat different. In that program the cadet must

* Be in the upper 10 percent of his high school class.

* Have an "A" average in the MCJROTC academic subjects.

* Be holding a cadet officer billet.

* Be nominated in his junior year.

The cadet receives a medal to be worn above his/her left pocket and a certificate recognizing his/her accomplishments. The medals are presented by representatives of our chapter. There are 10 Army, 1 Marine, 2 Navy and 2 Air Force units. Click below for Schools and their websites.

Comments from another Ceremony attended by Col Paul Woodbury, USA-Ret.

Went well last evening. Most of the military (ret) there were in Blue dress. Sam gave his farewell speech as he stepped down and re-retired. Col Joe Calisto who changed commands at Sunny Point and retired on March 1st was the default presenter for the unit awards. My cadet, Randy Johnson was installed as the new commander of cadets in the flag changing hands ceremony.

What surprised and delighted me most was the size of the JROTC unit. There must have been between 75 to 85 young army cadets all in uniform and looking sharp.