By Jaden Deac
Special To Independent Newsmedia
Deer Valley’s AFJROTC had its triennial Air Force Unit Evaluation, where Colonel Young, sent from Air Force Headquarters, was tasked with performing a deep inspection and evaluation of JROTC.
Because of the importance of this inspection, the students spent the beginning of the year preparing for the evaluation, making sure the underclass students were looking clean and sharp. The sophomore class had been practicing their drill sequence to march for Colonel Young. The command staff practiced briefing and explained all that occurs in JROTC.
When the day arrived Colonel Young viewed each and every JROTC cadet, freshman to senior. Afterward the sophomore class, led by a sophomore commander, marched the class in a 30-count drill sequence. The upperclassmen cadets then took Colonel Young to their command staff briefing, and explained events and goals. Colonel Young stayed and sat through every class, seeing how Major Whited and Master Sergeant Stilchen taught the classes. He watched how the cadets acted during each period, and finally came up with his verdict.
During the evaluation, Colonel Young was impressed by the cadets and teachers and their precision, accuracy, and cleanliness of the cadets’ uniforms. The sophomore class marched and showed off how well the instructors teach, and how well the students learn.
Colonel Young gave Deer Valley’s AFJROTC the highest score possible: Exceeds Standards with Zero Discrepancies.
Group Commander Hannah Christmann along with Vice Group Commander Asia Evans, Director of Operations Joanie Heard, and Command Chief Master Sergeant Alexander Sanchez were honored at a district meeting.