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The JHS Air Force JROTC program recently completed a condensed version of the Unit Evaluation (UE), which is a required, formally graded inspection process conducted on-site approximately every three years. This year, the review was conducted virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The AFJROTC mission is to "develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community." Its objectives are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship; promote community service; instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline; and instruct in air and space fundamentals.
Additionally at Jefferson High School, the mission is to educate and train students to be successful and productive adults upon graduation, to instill a sense of patriotism and service to the country, promote personal responsibility, build teamwork, and teach our future leaders responsibility.
“Although COVID-19 was a factor this year,” says Chief Budell Willis, “we were fortunate to have leadership in this district to make decisions to keep pressing on, affording us opportunities to not totally be shut down. Other units weren't so fortunate.” Chief Willis and Major Magnusson kicked off the year by holding summer conditioning sessions for 3 weeks in The Arena by enforcing required COVID-19 protocols. After conditioning, they held a week-long Leadership Camp teaching the cadets Corps Leadership and Advanced Drill. Lastly, they held an Exhibition Drill Camp to help the armed and unarmed drill teams sharpen their skills to prepare for the upcoming year. Throughout the school year, the JHS AFJROTC cadets have participated in many other activities, including social events, drill meets, team building, and community service projects.
Many events have been canceled this year due to COVID-19; however, Chief Willis and Major Magnusson are working on plans to host a State Meet in spring 2021. The JHS AFJROTC cadets will continue to support all school sports and community activities with color guards, saber arches, and other service projects.
The Jefferson City School System is fortunate to have such strong leadership provided by Chief Budell Willis and Major Wayne Magnusson. We appreciate their efforts in helping to establish and maintain a state and national award winning program.