GA-945 Bulldog Group
In July of 1994, the first Morgan County High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) Bulldog Group was established and began training about 85 cadets along with several other schools within the southeastern region. Thus, the Group's designation of "GA-945" -- the fifth AFJROTC unit established in 1994 was in Georgia.
The mission of Air Force Junior ROTC is to "Develop Citizens of Character Dedicated to Serving their Nation and Community." As you can see, it takes development for high school students to become good citizens, with character. What is Character? The dictionary defines "character" as "the aggregate of features and traits that form the individuals nature of some person or thing." These traits could be moral or ethical quality. Traits like honesty, courage, integrity, service, and excellence. These traits become a person's character, or reputation. Today's U.S. citizens need to be of good character, good report, dedicated to service; whether it be in their local community or in our great Nation and/or the World.
This program strives to instill these traits into Morgan County teens, as they transition into adulthood. This program IS NOT a recruitment tool for the Armed Services. Its instructors are NOT recruiters. If a students has aspirations for the military, they need to be in this program. This program is for ANY high school student wishing to become a good citizen and great leader.
This program includes academics and physical training/wellness. 40% of the curriculum is Aerospace Science and studies Aviation History, Exploring Space, and the Science of Flight. 40% of the curriculum is Leadership Education and studies chain of command, attention-to-detail in wearing the USAF Cadet Uniform, drill & ceremonies, as well as many other citizenship topics. All academic curriculum is Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Finally, 20% of the curriculum is Physical Training/Wellness. The President's Challenge Physical Fitness Test consisting of Curl-ups, Shuttle Run, Endurance Run, Pull-ups, and V-sit Reach.
Cadet may qualify for one of two Honor Societies offered by this Group:
1. The Kitty Hawk Air Society (KHAS) instills cadet leadership and teamwork qualities. Its objective is to promote higher academic standards, service to school and community, promote excellence, integrity, and initiative, as well as develop leadership ability through academic excellence. To quality for KHAS, Cadets must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all classes with an "A" in AFJROTC. KHAS Cadets wear the white beret while in uniform, with the KHAS badge.
2. The purpose and objective of the Bulldog Air Society (BAS) is similar to KHAS, but to qualify, Cadets must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all classes with a "B" in AFJROTC. BAS Cadets wear the white beret while in uniform.
Extracurricular activities offered by AFJROTC GA-945 Bulldog Group are:
- Bulldog Rifles Drill Team
- Color Guard
- Bulldog Cannon Team
AFJROTC Instructors are retired Air Force Officer and Senior NCOs. The Officer is the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor (SASI) and the SNCO is the Aerospace Science Instructor (ASI). Both work together to achieve the goals of AFJROTC and the Cadet Corps. Instructors are not only Retired Airmen of the World's Greatest Air Force, but high school teachers.
The first Senior Aerospace Science Instructor (SASI) was Colonel Earl C. Donnell, Jr. who retired from the Air Force after 25 years of active duty service to our great country. Sixteen years later, and at the conclusion of the MCHS 2009-2010 school year, Colonel Donnell retired the second time as the school’s first SASI, leaving behind a legacy of teaching over 1,200 cadets valuable life skills such as self-confidence, leadership, and patriotism. His mentorship and management of the cadet corps is proudly displayed in each and every cadet he has had the opportunity to lead.
To honor his continued service to his nation and community, GA-945 Bulldog Group has created the “Colonel Earl C. Donnell, Jr. Cadet Leadership Award” for the top senior cadet who has proven the most proactive leader to the corps, while maintaining strong academic standing in school. Through hard work and determination, this cadet has been eligible for all promotions throughout the school year, as well as proving to be the most respectful, outstanding cadet for the school year. The first recipient of this award was presented at the GA-945 "1st Annual Dining Out and 17th Annual Awards Ceremony" on 14 April 2011.
Today, GA-945 Instructors are Major Robert Atkins and Chief Master Sergeant Nash Allwine. See "Instructors" link above for biographies of each.
GA-945 Bulldog Group thrives with the support from the Air Force, the Morgan County Charter School System, its Board of Education, Morgan County High School faculty and staff, the awesome Madison community, several outstanding local military organizations, and (of course) great parents!
Thank you for supporting GA-945 Bulldog Group as we continue to instill integrity, service, and excellence into every cadet.
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