KINGSPORT, Tenn. ‚¬ The Dobyns-Bennett High School Air Force Junior ROTC instructors and cadets earned an overall unit assessment score of Exceeds Standards, the highest rating attainable, during a recent rated Unit Evaluation conducted by Headquarters Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps representative, Major Don Bailey, Retired on November 4, 2013.

Achieving a rating of ‚¬Exceeds Standards is no small feat- it takes a team effort and lots of hard work, wrote Cameron L. Gilbert, Colonel, USAF in his congratulatory letter to Colonel Eric Vogt, US Air Force, Retired and Dobyns-Bennett Senior Aerospace Science Instructor. Both of these attributes were evident throughout the course of this assessment. Major Don Bailey, Retired, was extremely impressed with your program- from the dedication and commitment of your fellow instructor (Angelo Pellitteri, Senior Master Sergeant, US Air Force, Retired and D-B Aerospace Science Instructor) to the professionalism and ownership displayed by the cadet crops. Your program defines the term ‚¬successful unit and established the benchmark for others to follow, he continued.

In addition, Cadet Lieutenant Colonels Jordan Feagins and Ashley Lovin, along with Cadet 1st Lieutenant Caleb Baker, were recognized as being the top Cadets at Dobyns-Bennett and were awarded the national level Top Performer Award by the Air Force Inspector.

The purpose of the visit was to evaluate the performance of the AFJROTC unit and to assess compliance with Public Law, Department of Defense and Air Force Instructions, and the written agreement which exists between Kingsport City schools and the Air Force that governs the proper operation of the unit. Inspections are conducted every four years.

The unit is now eligible to compete for the Distinguished Unit with Merit Award for 2013-2014 which is only awarded to the top ten percent of AF JROTC units in the world.

Colonel Vogt and Senior Master Sergeant Pellitteri have created a dynamic and supportive learning environment coupled with an excellent community outreach, said Dobyns-Bennett Principal Dr. Chris Hampton. They provide outstanding leadership in administering the cadet-centered citizenship program.

D-B Cadets have performed over 2,200 community service hours to date and collected over 13,500 pounds of bard for the 2013 Second Harvest Food Drive.

Our cadets performed exceptionally well and took great pride in leading and accomplishing their unit goals, said Colonel Vogt. The D-B AFJROTC citizenship program is making a positive impact on the cadets, the school and our community.

Since the D-B AF JROTC program was established in 2006, about 800 D-B students have participated in at least one semester. Of the D-B cadets who were active for all four years, about ten percent joined the office or enlisted ranks of the Armed Services.

Kingsport‚ City Schools is a public school system located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and an alternative school; with total enrollment reaching 6,500 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused ‚¬¦ World Class.

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