Sunday 13, October 2019

Junior ROTC

The Langley Chapter supports local Air Force Junior ROTC units at Hampton and Menchville High Schools.  A Langley Chapter representative presents the AFA-sponsored award at each unit's year-end awards banquet.  The Chapter also provides funds for JROTC cadets to attend summer leadership camps.

The Langley Chapter partners with Virginia State AFA to sponsor a statewide JROTC Drill Competition.  For this effort, the Chapter provides the funds to pay for one-half of all trophies which are awarded to the winners of various competitions.

Our affiliated JROTC units:

VA-081 - Menchville High School
275 Menchville Road
Newport News, VA 23602

VA-041 - Hampton High School
1491 West Queen Street
Hampton, VA 23669

Langley Chapter Provides Grant to Support Junior ROTC Summer Leadership School.

2015 afrotc slsThe Langley Chapter provided a $1000 education grant to the Menchville High School Air Force Junior ROTC unit. The donation will be used to help offset the individual cadet cost of attending the unit’s Summer Leadership School (SLS), making it more financially assessable to a larger group. Previously, Headquarters AFJROTC provided educational funds that were used for this purpose. These funds have been cut from recent AFROTC aerospace education budgets. The Chapter contributed $500 from our budget and then secured a Virginia State AFA matching grant for another $500. Summer Leadership School is an optional extracurricular program that teaches AFJROTC cadets aspects of citizenship and leadership in a highly structured and focused instructional environment. Its mission is to promote this development by preparing cadets for leadership roles in their units, schools, and local communities. As such, the activities during SLS stress the following: team building, leadership, respect for authority, responsible citizenship, personal character, academic achievement, health, and community service. This year’s SLS will be held June 22-26 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. Langley Chapter President, Tyler Johnson (above left), and Vice President for Aerospace Education, Jerry Levesque (above right), presented the check to the Menchville High School AFJROTC Senior Aerospace Science Instructor, Lt. Col (Ret) Kris Alden during the May luncheon.

Langley-Peninsula AFJROTC Summer Leadership School
Langley afa support for jrotc summer leadership schoolLangley afa support for jrotc summer leadership schoolOn June 25th, at 0930 hours, 85 students from four area JROTC programs gathered in the auditorium at Hampton High School to begin a week that would be one of their most memorable experiences in their young lives.   They were about to begin the 2012 edition of the Langley-Peninsula Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Summer Leadership School hosted by Menchville High School of Newport News, Virginia.  The leadership school is run by a staff of cadet cadre under the supervision of an instructor staff.  As in previous years, this group of cadets would be challenged during the week by getting up before 0500 to complete physical training, followed by hours of drill practice, athletic competitions, room inspections, uniform inspections, and team building exercises.  The week also included a trip to Fort Eustis to complete the confidence course.  According to the School’s Commandant, Lt Col Kristopher Alden, USAF (Ret.), "The confidence course is always the highlight of the week.  It is a chance for the kids to push themselves beyond what they are used to doing.  Each year, we have some kids who think there is no way they can accomplish some of the obstacles that they go on to complete with the encouragement of their fellow cadets.”  Another highlight of the week was "shadow day”.  For 3 hours, the cadets were paired with active duty Airmen and taken to various job sites around Langley AFB where they had a chance to learn what life is like on an Air Force Base.  The overall mission of JROTC is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.  These cadets will take their newly acquired leadership and citizenship skills back to their respective cadet corps and put them into practice.  This year’s school was funded in part by a gift from the Langley Chapter of the Air Force Association.  The gift helped keep the cost of the camp under $100 per person.


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