AFJROTC hosts awards ceremony

by 1st Lt. Alexis Greene
GR-081 Public Affairs officer

On April 20, cadets from the GR-081st held their annual awards ceremony at the Ramstein Officers’ Club. The ceremony consisted of two parts: the formal dinner and the awards portion.

Many special guests attended this event. Principal Dr. Barriett Smith and his wife, Laura; Col. Jeffery Weed; Dr. Dell McMullen, Kaiserslautern district superintendent, and her husband, Allan; Master Sgt. Maxine Van Der Kaap; and Col. Robert Meyer and his wife, Cathy.

The purpose of corps events, such as this one, is to bring cadets closer together and build a better team. Cadets were very excited to see their hard work and dedication rewarded. Some special awards that were presented consisted of certificates of completion for the senior cadets, numerous national awards, outstanding flight, won by Bravo Flight, and many more.

Even Van Der Kaap, who will be retiring this year, was presented with a surprise. Cadets Julian Evans and Brandon Fulmer shared a few words about the sergeant and all she had done for the hundreds of cadets she taught over the years. They also presented her with flowers as a token of thanks from the corps. She will be missed by all cadets, and we wish her the best in the future.
Closing the ceremony, the special guests gave a few words about the cadets and all of the hard work they have done.
Overall, the ceremony was a success and all who attended were very pleased. Congratulations to all of the cadets who won awards, and a job well done!