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The Air Force JROTC unit at Putnam City High School has been selected as one of 376 units to receive the 2018-2019 Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit Award. The award recognizes Air Force JROTC units that have performed well above and beyond normal expectations, and have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force JROTC citizen development mission for America.

The objectives of the Air Force JROTC 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 high school students who are in ninth through 12th grades.

“We are honored by this recognition. It truly represents how hard our cadets work each and every day. Community service is the backbone of our unit, and the majority of this award comes for our interaction with the local community. We owe thanks to our community for their direct investment in helping to create better leaders,” said junior Isaac Callies, cadet colonel.

Retired Lt. Col. Dane Christensen, the senior aerospace science instructor who directs Putnam City High’s JROTC program, said the time cadets spend in community service is impressive.

“Our core value of ‘service before self’ shows up in the 3,085 community service hours our cadets amassed as a unit this academic year, which equates to almost 17 hours per cadet. I am impressed every day by the talent and motivation of the cadets in our unit,” Christensen said.

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