DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) — During its regular quarterly meeting, the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee honored five local area high school JROTC cadets for their outstanding leadership and performance during the current 2016-2017 school year.
The committee annually dedicates a meeting to honoring the cadets and their commanders in order to show its appreciation and support of the local JROTC programs.
Retired Col. Tom Boyle, Military Affairs Committee chairman, presented the Cadet of the Year Leadership awards to:
1. Cadet Maj. Darla Hunt
Carroll High School - Army JROTC
Program Commander: Chief Len Stanford
2. Cadet Lt. Col. Elexuas Q. Hicks
Dothan High School - Army JROTC
Program Commander: Sgt. Maj. Tracy Adams
3. Cadet Lance Cpl. Jeffrey B. Yancey
Northview High School - Marine JROTC
Program Commander: Sgt. Maj. Ron Roland
Also recognized, but unable to attend the awards ceremony, were:
4. Cadet Capt. Brandon Purdue
Daleville High School - Army JROTC
Program Commander: (Ret) Col. Teresa Townsend
5. Cadet Cmdr. Jonathan Shealey
Rehobeth High School - Navy JROTC
Program Commander: Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Treude
“The Military Affairs Committee is proud to have the opportunity to honor these outstanding students and their commanders,” stated Boyle. “Our committee looks forward to recognizing these cadets each year and this is just one avenue this committee takes to meet our goal of enhancing the positive interaction between the Dothan area community, Fort Rucker and the area’s military command and personnel.”
During the presentations, the cadets and their commanders had the opportunity to talk about their involvement in the JROTC program and future plans. All the cadets and commanders also expressed their gratitude to the DACC and the Military Affairs Committee for this special recognition. Currently, the Dothan Area Chamber is the only area chamber that holds such an activity in their honor.