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Laney High School’s AFJROTC Awarded 2016-2017 Distinguished Unit Award

Leaders at the Department of the Air Force, Headquarters of the AFJROTC, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, announced that Laney High School’s AFJROTC was awarded the Distinguished Unit Award (DUA) for 2016-2017. Typically, less than a third of units worldwide were awarded this top level award.

In order to receive the DUA, unit NC-802 (Laney’s AFJROTC unit) was required to meet all headquarters tasking suspenses (deadlines), and average a minimum of 12 hours of community service per cadet. There were 125 cadets enrolled during the fall and spring, and they completed over 1,525 hours of service.

The DUA recognizes the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, contributions of their instructors as mentors, and the support of school leaders and staff members, as well as many within the local community. Laney’s AFJROTC instructors are Col. (Ret.) T. Harrison Smith, Jr. and MSgt. (Ret.) Bruce D. See. Numerous AFJROTC units are doing great things, and those recognized as distinguished units truly represent the best of the 897 AFJROTC units worldwide.

The purpose of the Air Force JROTC is to instill in students the value of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, character, and a sense of accomplishment. It is also to make the greatest positive impact in the lives of cadets as possible. The AFJROTC’s purpose is perfectly encapsulated in their motto: “Building Better Citizens for America.” For more information on the AFJROTC, visit their website at

Laney High School’s AFJROTC     Laney’s AFJROTC instructors are Col. (Ret.) T. Harrison Smith, Jr. and MSgt. (Ret.) Bruce D. See

Posted: 05/18/17