Sioux City Career Academy AF-JROTC “Exceeds Standards” at inspection
Air Force Higher Headquarters JROTC completed an inspection of the Sioux City Community School District’s AF-JROTC program on March 26. The AF-JROTC, a Sioux City Career Academy pathway, earned an “Exceeds Standards,” rating, the highest rating given during program inspections. Due to inspection results, the unit earned the Distinguished Unit Award.
Mr. Bruce Kinney, the higher headquarters’ inspector, conducted the Unit Evaluation, which began with a mass formation of more than 75 cadets and the 100% uniform inspection. A 45 minute cadet-led Mission Brief was also presented to Mr. Kinney to highlight the accomplishments of the unit in the academic year.
“Although this unit has been here only 3-years, it operates as a unit that has been around for decades. If I didn’t know it, I would think I was inspecting college ROTC Cadets, not high school…most impressive,” Kinney said of the Sioux City Career Academy AF-JROTC.
Based on the performance of the cadets, the inspection proved that Lt Col Larry G. Brockshus and CMSgt Kathryn L. Roby, the instructors of the Sioux City Career Academy AF- JROTC pathway, have created a dynamic and supportive learning environment coupled with an excellent community outreach. These instructors provide outstanding leadership in administering the cadet centered citizenship program.
During the inspection, 10 second-year cadets also performed the 30-step drill sequence, which was commended by Kinney as “competition ready.” Each aspect of the unit’s inspection earned an “Exceeded Standards” rating, which lead to the overall rating.
The cadets of the Sioux City Career Academy AF-JROTC pathway performed exceptionally well and took great pride in leading and accomplishing their unit goals. The rating earned is proof of that this citizenship program is making a positive impact on the cadets, the school and the community.