March 18, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 48 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
HONORING THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF WAYNE HIGH SCHOOL AFJROTC; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 48
(Extensions of Remarks - March 18, 2019)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E317] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF WAYNE HIGH SCHOOL AFJROTC ______ HON. JIM BANKS of indiana in the house of representatives Monday, March 18, 2019 Mr. BANKS. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor Wayne High School's AFJROTC's 25th anniversary. AFJROTC Unit IN-941 was established in 1994 at Wayne High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, under the leadership of Major Ed Bennett and Senior Master Sergeant Bill Tester. Since its inception, AFJROTC Unit IN-941 has prepared over 2,800 cadets for military service and success in and out of the classroom. The mission of the AFJROTC is to develop citizens of character, dedicated to serving their nation and community. Now, two decades after its establishment, the Wayne High School AFJROTC continues to uphold the mission. Over the last five years, an average of 122 cadets have joined Unit IN-941. The unit has recorded an impressive 1647 Leadership Development Requirement hours with extracurricular activities such as Model Rocketry, the Academic Bowl and Junior Shooting. Cadets give back to our community by providing Color Guards for events and assisting with Honor Flights from Ft. Wayne. In fact, Unit IN-941 has logged over 4143 hours of community service and has set a goal of 1200 hours for 2019. Unit IN-941 has prepared its cadets for success. About five percent of all cadets pursue military-related careers after graduation. I recently had the privilege of appointing Wayne High School AFJROTC cadet Wendy Samayoa to the United States Air Force Academy. Every cadet who served in Unit In-941 at Wayne High School gained valuable skills and experiences that prepared them for life after high school. Congratulations to Wayne High School's AFJROTC Unit IN-941 on their 25th anniversary. ____________________