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Top award for ECHS JROTC
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Effingham County High School Principal Yancy Ford helps present the Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit Award to cadet Cols. Kaitlyn Shipes and Dylan Sewell. - photo by Photo provided

Unit GA-938, the Air Force Junior ROTC at Effingham County High School, has been selected by the Air Force to receive the 2011-12 Air Force Junior ROTC Distinguished Unit Award (DUA) with Merit. This award recognizes Air Force Junior ROTC units that have performed above and beyond normal expectations, and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force Junior ROTC mission of producing better citizens for America.

It recognizes the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, the contributions of the instructors as mentors of the cadets, and the support of the school and community. The Distinguished Unit Award is limited to the best of the best of the nation’s 900-plus Air Force Junior ROTC units.

This marks the second consecutive year the corps of cadets at ECHS has earned the DUA, and the sixth time in the last eight years. Cadets at ECHS earned the inspection rating and award through the hard work and leadership of the two corps commanders, Cadet Colonels Kaitlyn Shipes (first semester) and Dylan Sewell (current).