Tuesday, May 17, 2016

DELTA FLIGHT Wins Outstanding Flight of the Year for AY2015-2016!!

Congratulations to DELTA FLIGHT for being named the Outstanding Flight of the Year for 2015-2016!  This award is presented at the end of the year and recognizes the Top Flight that works as a team to excel in AFJROTC academics (Aerospace Science/Leadership Education), health & wellness, uniform wear, personal appearance, attendance, involvement in extracurricular activities, and drill competition. Each cadet in the flight is awarded the Outstanding Flight Ribbon and their official JROTC records have already been updated to reflect this honor. Outstanding Effort Delta!!  

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

AL-071 HHS AFJROTC Wins Outstanding Organization Award for AY2015-2016!

Congrats to ALL current HHS AFJROTC cadets for being recognized by Headquarters JROTC as an Outstanding Organization Award winner for Academic Year 2015-2016.  

The criteria and nomination process were rigorous.  As a consequence of our superior cadet performance supporting Homewood City Schools, the Air Force and the local community, AL-071 was provided a congratulatory 
letter from JROTC Headquarters and a certificate of recognition has been permanently placed in WINGS.  ALL cadets are authorized to wear the Outstanding Organization Award ribbon, depicted below, effective immediately.  Job well done Cadets!!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Congratulations to our final Cadets of the Quarter!

A well-deserved congratulations are due our Cadets of the Quarter for the 4th Quarter of Academic Year 2015-2016!  The selectees are:

Alpha - Shelby Hardy

Bravo - Ben Galloway

Charlie - Bryan Arteaga

Delta - Trea Frizzle 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Senior Cadets "Survive" Botanical Hike

On April 29, 2016, the senior class joined by experts from the B'ham Botanical Gardens took a period-long hike on the trail that runs adjacent to Armory Road, next to Homewood High School's campus. During the excursion we learned about various edible & poisonous plants, as well as the history of the land being preserved.

The Arrowhead Ginger plant pictured above left, not only emits a very pleasant fragrance, it is also a safe plant to eat raw in order to gain calories/energy if you ever find yourself in a survival situation. Our botanist experts also highlighted that "generally", trees that have a smooth, grey barks can provide a survivor a readily edible source of fruits & nuts (pictured above right).

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Cadets Stand Ready for their Final Inspection

On Tuesday, April 12th, the Homewood AFJROTC cadets were given a final inspection to assess the cadets' uniforms. Samford's AFROTC sent three of their cadets to carry out the inspection that includes the state of the uniform itself, as well as the cadet's haircut and stature while at attention, as seen above, and in parade rest. We are very proud of our cadets for their resilience that has held up even till the end of the school year. AIM HIGH!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Cadets Earn Orienteering Ribbon

Four adventurous HHS cadets earned the AF JROTC Orienteering Ribbon for their participation in a March 12th orienteering meet at Oak Mountain State Park.  Cadets Mike Barber, Hunter Bryant, Baylee Sanford & Carter Wagner combined efforts to complete the intermediate-level course in less than three hours--displaying excellent teamwork & physical/mental perseverance.  Super effort gentlemen!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Congrats to Our Cadets of the Quarter for the 3rd Quarter

Congratulations to our cadets of the quarter for the 3rd 9 weeks:

C. Clever

C. Bawcum

H. Essix

A. Molina

Sunday, March 13, 2016

HHS JROTC 1st, 2nd & 3rd Period Classes Rally for Quarterly PALS Campus Cleanup

Approximately 90 HHS JROTC cadets from the first 3 lesson periods came out in force to do some serious damage cleaning up our HS campus this past Friday, March 11th. All tolled, we filled 13 bags of garbage, placing the debris were it belongs...in trash containers and not all over school grounds. The trash consisted mostly of discarded drinking bottles and fast-food containers.

Top Left: Cadets Tye Lowe, Logan Bales, Daralyn Rasberry and Summer Bridges show a small portion of the trash that was collected.

The lesson learned is that it is everybody's responsibility to keep our campus clean AND with just a bit of effort every quarter, a group of solid citizens can make a big difference in the beautification of our campus and the surrounding area....GREAT JOB CADETS!!!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

HHS Cadets Take Flight With Local Alabama Civil Air Patrol

HHS AFJROTC cadets Pierre Jones and Dorian Harris experienced the wonders of flight today when they both flew with the Shelby County Airport's Civil Air Patrol, instructed by Lt Col (Ret) Austin Landry.  Each cadet flew the Cessna 182 for approximately 45 minutes while at the flight controls, and spent another 45 minutes airborne in the back seat observing.  They performed slow/steep turns, climbing, descending and instrument approach procedures to get a better understanding of the aerodynamics curriculum and an appreciation for aviation as a potential career field. These types of incentive flights will hopefully generate an interest in becoming a pilot, in either the military or as a civilian.  Col Landry relayed to the HHS chaperon that he was very impressed by both cadet's flying skills.  GREAT JOB PIERRE & DORIAN...WAY TO AIM HIGH!!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Department of State DVs Brief HHS Students on Career Opportunities

JROTC sponsored a career guidance brief provided by 3 Distinguished Visitors from the U.S. Department of State on February 11th. The guest speakers spoke with approximately 100 total students from various HHS grades during 3rd period in Bailey Theater.  They discussed career opportunities in the service of our Nation as a Foreign Service Officer, Specialist or Civil Service professional.  The 50-minute brief was followed by questions/answers, led by the keynote speaker Deputy Secretary of State for Human Resources, the Honorable Mr. Bruce Williamson.  

Friday, February 5, 2016

Seniors "Lead the Way" in HHS Campus Cleanup!

The 6th period Senior JROTC cadets were out in force today, picking up garbage on Armory Road as part of our AL PALS (People Against A Littered State) effort.  Leading by example, they had a fun time contributing directly to our annual cadet corps' goal of giving back to the Homewood Community and promoting esprit de corps.  WELL DONE SENIORS!!


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Cadets Awarded Dress and Appearance Ribbon

Congratulations to 59 CADETS in our corps who were awarded the Dress and Appearance Ribbon for wearing their uniforms every uniform day and having a 96% average in uniform dress and appearance grades. We, the Senior Staff, are very proud of our cadets and hope to see more meet the standard in the final semester of the 2015-2016 school year.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

HHS Cadets Earn AFJROTC Health & Wellness Ribbon

Congratulations to ALL HHS cadets for earning the AFJROTC Health & Wellness Ribbon for the 1st Semester, AY2015-2016.  We, as a 125-strong cadet corps, had ZERO failures in the fitness program this past Semester.  In fact, several HHS cadets ranked in the Top 25% of the President's Physical Fitness Program (based upon National-level criteria).

ALL cadets are authorized to wear the ribbon immediately on their AF Blue Uniform (see ribbon).

Master Sergeant Simmons and Colonel  Paul are justifiably PROUD OF EACH OF YOU...as you should be of each other.  Keep up the superb fitness effort and let's push for an even stronger and healthier Second Semester cadets!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

2nd 9-Weeks Cadets of the Quarter

We are proud to recognize our newest Cadets of the Quarter, for the 2nd Quarter of AY2015-2016!  Congratulations to...

Alpha - Roger Castro


Bravo - Bianca Juarez

Charlie - Carter Wagner

Delta - Baylee Sanford