JACKSON, Tenn. – The Air Force JROTC of Liberty Technology Magnet High School once again lives up to its motto of “Strive for Excellence.” This month, the instructors and cadets earned an overall unit assessment score of “Exceeds Standards,” which is the highest rating possible. The unit has received the “Exceeds Standards” assessment score on all four of its HQ AFJROTC unit assessments over the past 14 school years. The JROTC program was established at Liberty Tech in August 2005 by Major Scott Parkhurst and CMSgt. Wallace Littrell.
As part of the cadet centered program, students earn ranks and leadership positions within the unit. Student cadets lead the program and set their unit goals under the guidance of Lt. Col. Thomas Snodgrass and CMSgt. Littrell. Lt. Col. Snodgrass joined the JROTC team two years ago after the retirement of Major Parkhurst.
On average, the unit completes 2,000 or more service hours throughout Jackson and West Tennessee each year. They perform various flag and honor ceremonies in Madison County and even travel to Hardeman County each year to assist with their Veterans Recognition program. The unit also conducts various service projects, including the St. Jude Hospital Cruise and Car Show that has netted more than $30,000 to date.
The unit was awarded the National Jefferson Award in 2009 and has earned numerous other Distinguished Unit and Outstanding Organizational Awards from HQ AFJROTC and Various Professional Military Support organizations such as the Air Force Association and Air Force Sergeants Association.
The unit continues to be one of the flagship programs at Liberty Tech. New principal, Dr. Roderick Payne, has even extended their motto to the entire school.