Lakeview’s Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) Awarded Distinguished Unit “With Merit” Award

Lakeview Cadet Corps received an “Exceeds Standard” Unit Evaluation during their annual unit evaluation, school year 2019-20, that helped the cadet corps earn the Distinguished Unit Award “With Merit.” Fromm left are Lakeview’s Aerospace Science Instructor Chief Master Sgt. (Ret) John Thomas, Cadet Maj. Zack Favela, Cadet Capt. Anna Smith, Cadet 1st Lt. Ethan Smith, Lakeview Senior Aerospace Science Instructor Maj. (Ret) Bob Kellogg and HQ Air Force JROTC Regional Director-6 Maj. (Ret) Don Bailey.

Submitted by Maj. Bob Kellogg, Ret.

The Lakeview AFJROTC Cadet Group was recently notified by Headquarters, Air Force JROTC, Maxwell AFB, Ala., that they received the Distinguished Unit Award, “With Merit.” There are 886 Air Force JROTC units in high schools across the United States and at selected schools in Europe, the Pacific and Puerto Rico. Lakeview is one of only 79 units achieving this recognition, placing their program in the top 10 percent for school year 2019-20. The award recognizes Air Force JROTC units that have performed well above and beyond normal expectations and have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community, while meeting the Air Force JROTC citizenship development mission for America.

Lakeview’s Air Force JROTC Color Guard performed 43 color guard events during school year 2019-20. From left are Cadets Cami Faircloth, Olivia Litton, Shakayla Browder, Hannah Walsworth and Micah Martin presenting colors prior to Lakeview’s football game against Northwood. Lakeview’s Air Force JROTC Cadet Corp’s mission is to “Develop Citizens of Character, Dedicated to Serving Their Nation and Community.”

The 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. Enrollment is open to high school students who are in the ninth-12th grades. The Lakeview unit’s selection was also based on its’ achievement of yearly goals in three specific areas, Cadet Growth, School Involvement/Improvement and Community Involvement/Improvement.

During the 2019-20 school year, Lakeview’s Cadet Corps garnered an “Exceeds Standards” rating during their annual Unit Evaluation. Cadets also improved their physical fitness, discipline, and confidence by completing pre/post physical fitness/wellness assessments (Presidential Physical Fitness Program), and providing 1,776 community/school service hours (over 26 hours per cadet).

Select members of Lakeview’s Cadet Corps march annually in the Natchitoches Christmas Festival Parade. In addition to community service, Lakeview Cadets are also leaders in Lakeview academics and extracurricular activities; cadet GPA’s are 17 percent above the school average, with 82 percent of cadets participating in one additional school activity and 57 percent in at least two additional school activities.

The Lakeview High School Air Force JROTC program is directed by Senior Aerospace Science Instructor, Maj. (Ret) Bob Kellogg and Aerospace Science Instructor, Chief Master Sgt. (Ret) John Thomas. The Cadet Corps is led by Cadet Group Commander, Cadet Maj. Zack Favela. Key cadet staff members include Cadet Captains Anna Smith and Nicholas Wiggins, Cadet 1st Lts. Ethan Smith, Blake Smith, Olivia Litton and Ethan Nelson and Cadet 2nd Lts. Kain Custis, Tierra Stacks, Taylor Coutee, Zack Gorham, Destinee Britt and James Earp.


Lakeview High School Cadets Zack Favela, Ke’ira Thomas and Anna Smith, from left, help distribute food boxes as part of a monthly community service project. Overall, Lakeview cadets performed 1,776 hours of service during school year 2019-20.