Two honored by Retired Officers
The Retired Officers Association recently awarded medals to one cadet from the Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps and one from the Civil Air Patrol. The awards are given to cadets who are in good academic standing, display high moral character and outstanding citizenship, display a high order of loyalty to his or her unit and school and has exceptional potential for leadership.
The TROA medal for NJROTC was awarded to Cadet Lt. Cmdr. Kyle Smith. Smith is a senior at South Tahoe High School and has been in NJROTC for three years. He ranks within the top 20 percent of his class and is a consistent academic honor roll member. He has been involved with the high school varsity wrestling team and the NJROTC academic team while he served as the cadet commanding officer.
He earned the highest NJROTC ribbons that include Distinguished Cadet, Honor Cadet, Aptitude Award, Naval Science One, Two and Three Outstanding Cadet, Exemplary Conduct, Academic Award and Exemplary Personal Appearance. Smith was selected as a delegate from South Tahoe High School to attend American Legion Boy’s State in Sacramento this summer.
The TROA medal for a Civil Air Patrol cadet was awarded to Cadet Master Sgt. Elijah Irons. He is a sophomore at Lake Tahoe Community College and has been involved in the CAP cadet program for four years. He also served four years in the NJROTC at South Tahoe High School as an outstanding cadet. Irons has had many accomplishments during his service to CAP including former Color Guard commander, communications officer, deputy commander of cadets, Cadet Advisory Council Representative and Flight Commander at Stead Encampment.
As a CAP cadet Irons has obtained his Emergency Services and Radio Operator cards and has become Flightline officer qualified. During his past two encampments he has been awarded several physical training awards including Top Flight, first place Sit & Reach Award; second place Mile-run Award; and Over-all Physical Fitness Award. At his local squadron he has received the Blackhawk Leadership Award and the Community Service Award.
Irons was nominated for Who’s Who Among High School Students and was selected to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum for Intelligence, Defense and Diplomacy in Washington, D.C. He recently returned from the Air Education and Training Command Familiarization Course at Del Rio, Texas, and was First Sergeant at the Stead Encampment. His future goals include completing his college education and joining the Air National Guard. He plans to become a CAP senior member and work with search and rescue missions when he turns 21 years old this December.
The NJROTC and CAP programs strive to build leaders out of todays youth. The TROA Awards recognize these two cadets on their dedication to their organization and their excellent service.
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