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AFJROTC Earns “Exceeds Standards” Rating at Unit Inspection

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Maddy Yendle
Standing in clean rows, AFJROTC gets in formation for their annual unit inspection from the Air Force Headquarters. The results of this inspection determined the continuation of the program, however, cadets excelled, earning the “exceeds standards” rating, meaning AFJROTC will continue on campus.

On Wednesday, Jan. 23 the Westwood Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) cadets and sponsors assembled in the aux gym for their annual United States Air Force headquarters unit inspection. Inspected by AFJROTC Regional Director Mrs. Howze, this event was vital for the organization, determining its continuation. 

After a mission briefing meeting with 6 officers, all corps formed a mass drill formation in the gym. One by one, every cadet responded to Mrs. Howze’s questions, talking about their experiences and opinions about the program. 

“I think the unit inspection was a very nice experience,” first-year cadet Emily Zhang ‘27 said. “I was able to learn a lot of new instruments about JROTC and realize how I love serving my community.”

After the inspection phase, the Drill Leadership Development Requirements (DLDR) team showcased a 30-step drill sequence, followed by an instructor assessment. Following the assessment, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor Lt. Col Colborn and Aerospace Science Instructor CMSgt Cooley presented their lessons to cadets on the U.S. Air Force history and leadership. The cadet staff devoted much time and effort to prepare for the event, from morning and after school practices to weekly staff meetings. The inspection results proved their dilligence paid off— the TX-861st AFJROTC was awarded the highest marks they could receive, ‘exceeds standards,’ meaning the program will continue on campus.

“The unit inspection became a great growth point for all of our cadets,” Mission Support Squadron commander Dawoon Jung ‘25 said. “We learned how to work together and got motivated from preparing for inspection. It was great to see everyone help each other and work together as a group.”

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Sarah Jung, Reporter
Class of 2026
Hi I’m Sarah and this is my first year in Student Press. I enjoy art and listening to music. Few of my hobbies are painting, crocheting, and baking. I am passionate about graphic design and also very excited to be a part of Press!
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Class of 2026 I have always had a passion for writing and poetry, which is one of the reasons that I am elated to be a part of Student Press this year. Other activities I love are art, rewatching Gilmore Girls, listening to music, and reading.

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