The objectives of the Aerospace Science (AFJROTC) program at Woodbury High School is to acquaint secondary school students with the aerospace age; to develop informed citizens; to promote an understanding of the cadet as a citizen in a democratic society; and, to actively involve each student in the learning process.
Instructors for the AFJROTC program are furnished by the Air Force and selected by the school district. They are retired Air Force personnel who have been certified by the Air Force and hired by the school district to provide the AFJROTC instruction. One instructor is a retired officer and the other is a retired non-commissioned officer. The instructors are members of the school faculty who enforce the policies and regulations of the school.
The curriculum is divided into five distinct themes: aviation history, principles of flight, space, leadership, and physical fitness. Each year a different core topic is emphasized with leadership and physical fitness taught every year. Generally, two days a week are devoted to the core curriculum area, two days to leadership, and one day to physical fitness.
Woodbury High School offers Aerospace Science (AFJROTC) as an elective course granting one academic credit for each term of successful completion. Students enroll in Aerospace Science as they do for other courses.
About Cadet Corps
The Cadet Corps is currently organized as a squadron. Positions are rotated in the Cadet Corps to allow several cadets an opportunity to experience various leadership positions. Change of Command normally occurs at the end of the trimester.
The Squadron Commander is generally selected from among the cadets who are in their third year of AFJROTC. The selectee then recommends to the Aerospace Science Instructor his/her choice for other leadership positions.
Positions in the Cadet Corps are similar to those in the business community. Each position has a job description and each area has both and officer and NCO positions. Each class has both a Flight Commander and a Flight Sergeant.
Cadet Corps Activities
In addition to regular curriculum areas there are special activities that students may choose to participate in. Many of these activities develop leadership skills as well as providing students with hands on experience as student leaders and an opportunity to enhance the esprit de corps of the cadet squadron. Cadets also use most of these activities to earn points for lettering and towards various awards.
Each year cadets have the opportunity to take several field trips. In the past, students have been to the Kennedy Space Center in FL, to Washington D.C., the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH, the Experimental Aircraft Society Museum in Oskosh, WI, Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, NE, Grand Forks Air Force Base, ND, as well as Air National Guard Bases in Duluth and the Twin Cities. Students are also afforded the opportunity to take C-130 orientation flights with both the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve.
The Color Guard is a highly visible part of our Cadet Corps. The Color Guard regularly participates at school sporting events, assemblies, awards programs, and graduation. Often our Color Guard participates prior to major league sporting events such as the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings, and for the St Paul Saints. The Color Guard also participates in many parades and other activities throughout the local area.
Awareness Presentation Team
Our Historic Flag demonstration provides cadets an opportunity to earn the Awareness Presentation Team Badge while displaying the flags that have flown over North America to school and civic groups throughout the area. This presentation currently includes twenty-five flags and is a great visual history lesson for any age group.
An important part of growing up is learning to do things for yourself and others. That is the purpose of our service projects. Cadets perform service to the community and school by ushering, escorting, recycling, etc. We annually sponsor the school food drive and in in the past have collected over 17,000 food items for the local food shelf during a single two week period. Our cadet corps also sponsors the Pennies for Patients drive in support of the Leukemia Society. We have finished first in the State of Minnesota more than once and have raised over $10,000. Cadets have also adopted a portion of Woodlane Drive as our Adopt-a-Road program. We are very proud of the efforts of our cadets and the services that they perform!
Woodbury High School was the first Minnesota school to activate an AFJROTC unit in 1989. We received the designation MN-891st. Although funded in fiscal year 1989, we received our activiation orders on January 9, 1990. Before WHS started its AFJROTC unit, Woodbury students who wanted to participate in this program were transported to Park High School in Cottage Grove for class.
The First Senior Aerospace Science Instructor was Lt. Colonel Herbert D. Japs and the Aerospace Science Instructor was SMSgt. Joseph Gall. Sgt Gall left in 1996 and was replaced by MSgt Andy Weinstock. Sgt Weinstock resigned in 1998 and Sgt Gall returned for one year (1998–1999). CMSgt Dave Quesenberry was chosen to become the new and current Aerospace Science Instructor in 1999. Chief Quesenberry left AFJROTC before the start of the 2002-2003 school year. MSgt Mark Johnson later replaced Chief Quesenberry's position as the new aerospace instructor.
Cadets who are active in the learning process and who develop self-discipline and self-reliance will stand to gain significant benefit from the AFJROTC program. In addition to having better control of themselves and gaining a clearer understanding of the world about them, cadets can also benefit from the following:
- Active cadets are eligible for several academic, leadership and service awards with AFJROTC. These awards are ribbons that are worn on the uniform and readily seen by others as evidence of achievement.
- Cadets who work up to their ability and work hard can earn promotion in cadet rank. This is particularly significant within the cadet corps, as it distinguishes the hard working cadet from those not as active or who have not been in AFJROTC.
- Cadets are able to earn higher leadership positions in the flight and squadron organization. This will provide valuable experience at managing and working with others.
- One elective course credit toward graduation is given for each semester of AFJROTC successfully completed.
- An Air Force Certificate of Training is given for successful completion of two years of AFJROTC. In addition, if a cadet should choose to enlist into one of the branches of the military, the leadership education and overall experience will make basic training and the transition into the military life style easier.
- A Certificate of Completion is given for successful completion of three or four years of AFJROTC. This certificate should enable a cadet who chooses to enlist in a branch of the armed services advanced rank. The higher rank includes higher pay and added responsibility.
- Participation in the AFJROTC program will enhance the opportunity to gain an Air Force ROTC Scholarship. Four and three year scholarships are available and will provide all/some fees, tuition, and books while in scholarship status. A monthly tax free allowance is also provided to the schol
- Cadets desiring to enlist in the Air Force may be eligible for the Congressman Hebert Advance Placement Program. The Aerospace Science Instructor may recommend two deserving cadets each year. The program guarantees the enlistee the choice of career field and base of assignment upon completion.
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