Lowell High JROTC Unit Earns the Highest Rating Attainable
LOWELL -- The Lowell High School’s AFJROTC Program received the Air Force Junior ROTC Distinguished Unit Award with Merit from Air Force JROTC Headquarters, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.
The Air Force Junior ROTC instructors and cadets of LHS earned an overall unit assessment score of “Exceeds Standards,” the highest rating attainable, during the triannual evaluation.
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Eileen Ironfield, department head of Lowell High’s JROTC program, CMSgt. (Ret.) Bruce Kimball, MSgt. (Ret.) Kevin Casilli and TSgt. David Smith created a dynamic and supportive learning environment coupled with an excellent community-service outreach program.
The unit’s community involvement was specifically praised. To date this school year, the cadets and instructors have completed 1,825 community-service hours, completing 20 events. In the 2017-2018 school year, the LHS cadets performed 6,080 hours and were involved in 89 events throughout the city and state.
The cadets have completed numerous projects throughout the city, including cleanups at middle and elementary schools, as well as parks and reservoirs; collecting, sorting and packing more than 2,000 pounds of food for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank; clothing drives geared toward helping the homeless in Lowell; helping special-needs students through the Best Buddies program; and numerous civic events throughout the city, such as Sept. 11 tributes, Veteran’s Day tributes and Flag Day ceremonies.
The instructors were praised by Headquarters Air Force JROTC for providing outstanding leadership in administering the cadet-centered citizenship program. The Headquarters inspector was extremely impressed with the Lowell High School Cadet Corps’ professionalism, dedication and pride in leading and accomplishing their unit goals.