ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - More than 400 JROTC cadets from Anchorage and the Mat-Su received awards Saturday afternoon in an annual ceremony at West High School.
For the first time ever, the JROTC units combined the yearly awards ceremonies into one big event. The change made it easier for all the presenters to attend, but one instructor said it was also special just to have all the cadets under one roof.
“All of the military services work together in the real world, the army, the navy, the marines,” said retired Air Force Master Sgt. Jeffrey Ullom. “I wanted to teach the cadets that working together now, even though we all wear a different uniform, we all still have the same mission and the same goal in life.”
The first award to be presented was the Alaska Governor’s Award. Governor Bill Walker was there to sign a proclamation naming April as JROTC month for Alaska. The ceremony went on for about three hours, as 50 different awards were given to Army, Navy and Air Force cadets representing 10 different high schools.