What is Air Force JROTC?
AFJROTC is an elective course at Biloxi High School open to all students. It is a blend of science, social science, technical course work, training and ceremonies, and the elements of leadership. The course is divided into three areas; Aerospace Science (40%), Leadership Education (40%) and Health & Wellness (20%). The Aerospace Science (AS) part provides an introduction to the historical, scientific and technical aspects of aerospace. The Leadership Education (LE) portion provides experiences to develop discipline, responsibility, communication skills and citizenship. Participation in the Junior ROTC program does not commit you to military service.
Who teaches the AFJROTC course?
Biloxi High School has three Aerospace Science Instructors (ASIs): Maj Ed Butler, MSgt Kenneth Melton, and MSgt Stevie Hinton. All three instructors are retired from the US Air Force, hold an Educator's License from the state of Mississippi and are certified by the USAF to serve as ASIs. These instructors have 100 years of USAF and AFJROTC experience.
Major Butler served 12 years as an enlisted communications maintenance technician. After completing the USAF Officers Training School (OTS), he served another 11 years as a commissioned officer in force support, communications & information, and as an OTS and Squadron Officers School instructor. He served as the Senior ASI at Bay High School from 2005-2011. He came to Biloxi High School in 2011. He is the primary instructor for all third- and fourth-year cadets (AS3s and AS4s).
MSgt Melton's past experience includes assignments in Administration, Security Forces, and Intelligence. He started teaching at Biloxi HS in 1999. He runs the AFJROTC Summer Leadership School program at Keesler AFB, serves as the head coach of the MS-781 drill team, and is the primary instructor for all second-year cadets (AS2s).
MSgt Hinton's experience includes over 20 years of service working as an Education & Training Instructor where he presented classroom instruction to students on Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, and International Students. He started teaching at Biloxi High School in 2008. He serves as the head coach of the MS-781 Physical Training (PT) team and School/Community Support team, and is the primary instructor for all first-year cadets (AS1s).
What are the goals of AFJROTC?
AFJROTC acquaints students with the history of aviation and today's aerospace age. It helps develop better informed citizens and promotes an understanding of traits that will help students become more productive after graduation in their chosen field. This course strengthens character, builds leadership skills, and offers a unique environment adding a dimension to the overall educational process.
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