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Apr 4 2023

AFNORTH AFJROTC Cadets Exceed Standards in Headquarters Inspection

Brunssum, The Netherlands – The AFNORTH International School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AF JROTC) underwent a Headquarters inspection just before the Spring Break and did exceptionally well. The cadets reviewed all the instruction to ensure compliance, prepared a mission briefing, practiced their drill and ceremonies, and ran comprehensive checklists to ensure complete success. The Corps was ready…and the inspector found no discrepancies or procedural “findings.” This resulted in a grade of “Exceeds Standards,” the highest evaluation attainable.


Led by senior cadets Gray Bayless, Ronnie Macauley, and Torben Bergan – the Corps earned top marks in all their graded measurements. The entire Cadet Corps performed outstandingly well in all aspects of the inspection and took great pride in accomplishing their individual and unit goals. Not only did they achieve the highest inspection grade possible; the unit is now eligible for the “Distinguished Unit, with Merit” designation. Only the top 1 percent of all AF JROTC units achieve this annual recognition. _nato4

Their instructors, Colonel (Ret) Ray Robidoux and Senior Master Sergeant (Ret) Dennis Parise created a dynamic and supportive learning environment along with an outstanding community outreach program. They also provided exceptional mentorship and leadership in administering their JROTC program.

The AFNORTH High School cadet citizenship program is making a significant impact on the school, the cadets, and the community. This achievement along with the European Drill Championships “Overall Champion” Runner-up, and three of the following individual cadet accomplishments: Ronnie Macauley, U.S. Air Force Academy selection; Gray Bayless, Tier 1 Sr ROTC Scholarship; and Benedict Maranon Flight Academy scholarship selection - have made for a highly successful school year. Again, congratulations to each cadet on a job well done!

Story by U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. (Ret.) Dennis Parise

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