Each of the four Junior ROTC units for the Killeen Independent School District high schools received honors at the KISD Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday.

The units have recently earned the highest possible rating for a Junior ROTC program, which is Honor Unit with Distinction. Of the more than 1,600 JROTC programs in the country, less than half receive the Honor Unit with Distinction rating, according to chief communications officer Terry Abbott, but all four school units earned that distinction.

“We salute them for this great achievement,” Abbott said.

The 5th Brigade Headquarters of the U.S. Army Cadet Command recently conducted an accreditation visit to each local program to assess them. The team evaluated the four programs for a day each, taking their work completed over the past three years into consideration.

The following were present during the ceremony:

Harker Heights High School:

Army Instructor Donnie Anderson

Cadet Lt. Col. Emily Gill, battalion commander; and

Cadet Maj. Jamarion Govan, battalion executive officer.

Shoemaker High School:

Army Instructor Tom Clady

Cadet Capt. Naheem Hudson

Cadet Capt. Crystal Kinsinger

Ellison High School:

Army Instructor Joseph Merlo

Cadet Lt. Col. Harley Bienko, battalion commander

Cadet Maj. Tamina Hunter, battalion executive officer

Killeen High School:

Principal Susan Buckley

Senior Army Instructor John L. Stanley, a retired lieutenant colonel.

Cadet Maj. Anthony Austin, battalion executive officer

mpayne@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7553

Herald staff writer

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