The Blue Tops drill team from Del Rio High School’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps demonstrates a routine during the annual Fiesta de Amistad parade last year. The drill team is one of various teams the students can participate in within the program.

Del Rio High School’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps – AFJROTC – received a distinguished unit award for the 2019-2020 school year. The unit is one of many selected across the nation to receive the award.

Del Rio’s JROTC, also known as TX-66, is one of 387 selected units to receive the Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit Award this school year.

“This award recognizes the Air Force JROTC units that have performed well above and beyond normal expectations, and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force JROTC citizen development mission for America,” Lt. Col. (Ret.) Simon Benavides said in a statement.

Objectives of the Air Force JROTC program are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills; promote community service; instill responsibility, character and self-discipline through character education, and to provide instruction in air and space fundamentals, Benavides said.

Del Rio students in the program are known as cadets, and participate throughout the school year in some popular events such as the homecoming parade and coronation, the annual Feast of Sharing, Veteran’s Day parade and more.

Students can participate in the program during their high school years, from freshman to senior grade levels.

Del Rio is home to the Air Force JROTC program, a program located in 890 high schools across the United States and at selected schools in Europe, the Pacific and in Puerto Rico.

Cadet enrollment in the program includes more than 125,000 cadets who do over 1.5 million hours of community service each year.

Students looking to enroll in the program, or parents and guardians with questions regarding the program can contact Del Rio High School principal Jose Perez or JROTC Senior Aerospace Science Instructor Lt. Col. (Ret.) Simon Benavides, at (830) 778 4370.

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