FHS Junior ROTC News and Announcements
A bird, a plane? No, a rocket: Eastern Colorado school kids learn STEM from JROTC cadets
By: Debbie Kelley, Colorado Springs Gazette
Thick autumn clouds spitting rain were of no interest to 145 elementary students in Miami-Yoder School District JT-60 Wednesday. Their attention was riveted on tiny specks that hovered 200 feet above before cascading to the ground.
"It's a good white background to see the rockets - we won't lose them in the glare of the sun," said Principal Sheila Hartley, eyes cast upward.
With the help of 13 students from the Aero Club of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps at Falcon High School, 32 youngsters in Miami-Yoder's Rocket Club each pushed a button and launched the Estes model rockets they had built over the past month.
After an en masse countdown to blastoff, screams erupted from the captivated students, perched on bleachers at the athletic field across the road from their school on the Eastern Plains.
Read the full Gazette story.
2016 Harvest of Love
By: Aaron Halliday, FHS AFJROTC Historian
During the fall of 2016, Falcon High School’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps partnered with the Care and Share foundation to provide meals for local families in need during the holiday season. This event is known as the Harvest of Love and is held annually by the Falcon AFJROTC program in the high school spanning from October 31st to November 24th with a yearly goal of 17,000 pounds worth of donations.
The event was led by Cadets Robert Loughman and Spencer Scamman . With the direction of SASI Col. Turner, ASI Sgt. Hartley, ASI Chief Skender and the help of the entire school student body , over 1,200 families were fed totaling over 24,000 pounds of food donated in under a month. Students and cadets look forward to the Harvest of Love event every year for the opportunity to help hundreds of local families enjoy their holiday.
Junior ROTC Overview
The Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps is a federal program sponsored by the Armed Forces in high schools across the United States. The program was originally created as part of the National Defense Act of 1916 and later expanded under the 1964 ROTC Vitalization Act.
According to Title 10, Section 2031 of the United States Code, the purpose of Junior ROTC is "to instill in students in [United States] secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment." Additional objectives are established by the service departments of the Department of Defense. Under 542.4 of Title 32 (National Defense) of the Code of Federal Regulations, the Department of the Army has declared those objectives for each cadet to be:
Section 524.5 of the CFR National Defense title states in part that JROTC should "provide meaningful leadership instruction of benefit to the student and of value to the Armed Forces. ... Students will acquire: (1) An understanding of the fundamental concept of leadership, military art and science, (2) An introduction to related professional knowledge, and (3) An appreciation of requirements for national security. The dual roles of citizen/soldier and soldier/citizen are studied. ... These programs will enable cadets to better serve their country as leaders, as citizens, and in military service should they enter it. ... The JROTC and NDCC are not, of themselves, officer-producing programs but should create favorable attitudes and impressions toward the Services and toward careers in the Armed Forces."
- Developing citizenship and patriotism
- Developing self-reliance and responsiveness to all authority.
- Improving the ability to communicate well both orally and in writing.
- Developing an appreciation of the importance of physical fitness.
- Increasing a respect for the role of the U.S. Armed Forces in support of national objectives.
- Developing a knowledge of team building skills and basic military skills.
- Taking 3–4 years of the course grants cadets the ability to rank higher if they pursue a military career.