By Gracin Young
On January 31, 2018, in the Capital City of Charleston, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice created a proclamation month of February as JROTC recognition month.
Through hard work and great citizenship, the program earned this award. First Sergeant Kenneth Harvey said, “It basically states the governor is recognizing and supporting the JROTC program and how they are shaping young men and women into good citizens.”
Sergeant First Class Randy Long stated, “In 18 years of me doing this [JROTC], I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Retired Battalion Commander Tony Adkins said the program received this award because of, “the integrity and persistence of the JROTC program within the community.”
Governor Justice wrote, “The Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (JROTC) helps prepare students to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives by teaching personal responsibility, enhancing leadership skills, experiencing the value of teamwork, and discovering the benefits of self-confidence.”
There are 3,000 students in 35 high schools in the JROTC program, and from now on, the state will celebrate the month of February as JROTC month.