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Mobile JROTC wins community service award

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by Furman “Neil” Neeley
U.S. Army Cadet Command Public Affairs

MOBILE, Ala. – The Hornet Battalion, an Army JROTC program at Baker High School here, recently won the Volunteer of Mobile Inc. Heart of Gold Award in recognition for their outstanding support of the local community.

“Baker High School JROTC Unit is the finest of twelve units in the Mobile County Public School System,” said Lt. Col. Donald Crabtree, director of Army instruction in Mobile. “Under the leadership of first sergeant Michael Watts, senior Army instructor and 1st Sgt. Willie Lewis, Army instructor, Baker excels in every endeavor. The cadets this year have generously donated their time and efforts to improve the community and to offer support to numerous organizations. They exhibit in word and deed the ideals of good citizenship and caring for their community.”

The citation accompanying the award reads:

Under the leadership of two Army instructors, this amazing group of young people has grown into extraordinary young men and women. They exhibit strong leadership skills and have taken pride in their school and community. The Hornet Battalion at Baker High School is an award winning JROTC Battalion; meeting and exceeding high military and academic standards.

“Through their leadership training, they have also learned how to identify needs in their community and implement plans to meet these needs. Many of their projects require a commitment outside of their normal school day,” said Crabtree. “These students work together before and after school. They meet on weekends and during the summer. They have a strong commitment to effectively setting goals. Their volunteer hours are endless. A few of these accomplishments include visiting veteran’s homes, adopting a local fire department, campus beautification projects at local elementary schools, raising money for the USS Alabama and sponsoring a child for Camp Smile.”

Heart of Gold Recipients

L to R: Cadets Aaron Connor, Ben Cole, Tim Powell, Alexis Thompson; instructors, 1st Sgt. Willie Lewis, 1st Sgt. Michael Watts; and Baker HS principal, Clem Richardson.

“Most recently, they have developed a leadership team to visit local elementary schools to aid in elementary to middle school transitioning. In this capacity, they serve as role models and demonstrate a concern for others,” Crabtree explained. “This also requires their commitment to meeting before and after school to prepare.”

“Many of the cadets involved with Baker’s JROTC Hornet Battalion hold part-time jobs. Many devote additional volunteer hours to their churches and other school organizations. These students are held to high behavior standards. Baker’s JROTC army instructors should also be commended for their commitment. They allow the students to develop projects. However, they guide them in appropriate directions and accompany their cadets on every project. They are completely devoted to this generation and lead by example.”

Recognition is vital to volunteer programs. Appropriate and significant recognition contributes to volunteer satisfaction and retention. By honoring volunteers, programs generate public attention to the services provided by their agencies and attract more volunteer support and financial contributions. The Heart of Gold Awards Program was created by Volunteer Mobile to honor the spirit and tradition of community service.

Recipients of Heart of Gold Award are nominated by the community and selected by a panel of community leaders who serve as judges for this award.


Written by CadetCommandPAO

May 12, 2009 at 9:16 pm

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