As an SDVOSB and HUBZone small business in the Aerospace and Defense industry, we take great interest in our youth who have a passion for flight and service. And no other group of kids displays this more than the Greeneville High School Junior Air Force ROTC program.
From having program-ending low enrollment rate and uniforms that were older than most of the cadets to becoming a national leader in enrollment, service hours, and competition, TEVET has been a strong supporter of the GHS JROTC program. Through the years, we have seen many bright cadets dream, learn, grow, and create their own futures. We have seen them transform from quiet students to confident leaders. And we have seen our community celebrate these young men and women for their character and accomplishments. See how we have participated with GHS JROTC program over the past few years.
2012: Purchase Color Guard equipment
TEVET was able to fully equip the cadet unit. Equipment, flags, and uniforms are used for every competition, school events, and community outreaches. The overall effect was increased individual and unit pride.
2013: Provide funding during Sequestration
Due to low enrollment rates and state funding, the GHS JROTC program was almost shut down. If it wasn’t for TEVET and other local businesses, the program would have ended. Through the funding, the unit was able to complete over 2,400 hours of community service and keep their program active.
2014: Sponsored UAV project
In combined efforts to keep the GHS JRTOC program active, TEVET sponsored the unit’s UAV project with the goal to increase interest and enrollment within the student body. The cadets built and tested their own drones. The winning drone is still used for various student video projects like the homecoming football game. And the goal was met – increased interest, enrollment, and the threat of closure was eliminated.
2016: Send cadets to Air Force Museum
TEVET sent 35 cadets to Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. During the trip, they visited the Air Force Museum and were exposed to the active duty airmen lifestyle. A trip to Ohio might not sound like much to many people, but for over half of the cadets, it was their first time traveling out of state. With our help, the cadets were able to have a unique experience that shaped their futures.
2017- Present: Establish and award Take Flight Scholarship to graduating cadets
The goal of the scholarship is to provide a deserving cadet the financial capability to complete their certification for their first solo flight. With this capability, that cadet can then progress onto their life-long dream of flying, whether it is in military service or the civilian sector.
It has been our honor to help our future leaders through participating and supporting the GHS JROTC program. We look forward to how we can be of assistance in the future. Read our recent articles about our participation and scholarship for GHS JROTC.