UNION, NJ – Members of the Union High School JROTC program attended this week’s Township Committee meeting to accept a Mayor’s Award.

“The Township wants to congratulate the JROTC for an incredibly successful year,” said Mayor Suzette Cavadas. 

Cavadas said three Union High School JROTC cadets took home top honors at the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge in Massachusetts. And a Union High School cadet won Camp Honor Graduate for the fourth consecutive year.  The team has been named the New Jersey drill champions 18 years in a row.  They ranked second in the overall drill team combined categories nationally.

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The Union High School JROTC program is ranked in the top ten percent out of 1,800 JROTC programs in the nation.

“On behalf of the Township Committee, I hereby recognize the JROTC of Union High School for their hard work, discipline and leadership which has allowed them to achieve great success and make them and the town proud,” continued Cavadas.

“I’m very proud of these cadets.  We ask a lot of these kids every day, and they deliver,” said JROTC instructor 1SG (Retired) Gerald Schemel.

Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Adnan Oudeh, who was promoted to Battalion Commander in May, said, “At the leadership camp, we put out our best leadership skills that we learned through our JROTC experience.  I’d like everyone to give them a round of applause.”