William Floyd NJROTC celebrates 35th Anniversary

The William Floyd High School NJROTC recently celebrated its 35th anniversary being designated as an official Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps unit under the provision of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Vitalization Act. The William Floyd unit first began as a satellite of John Glenn High School in September 1982 before getting its own host institution provision in September 1983. Since its inception, student cadets continue to learn the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment, which are instilled into them on a daily basis.

William Floyd NJROTC celebrates 35th Anniversary
Members of the William Floyd High School NJROTC celebrated their 35th anniversary with an ice cream social. (Please note the entire unit is not pictured).

Throughout its 35-year history, it is estimated that approximately 1,500 cadets have gone through the program, with about 10 percent volunteering for military service and about one percent earning appointments to military service academies and ROTC scholarships. The William Floyd High School NJROTC is currently under the leadership of Commander Jay M. Tweed (USN/Retired), senior naval science instructor, and Senior Chief Dwight H. Becherer (USN/Retired), naval science instructor.

The William Floyd High School NJROTC has earned several accolades throughout its history including the distinction of being named a “Distinguished Unit” two of the past three years. This honor is among the highest designations a unit can receive and is based upon superior performance and outstanding achievement in academics, competitions, cadet involvement and community service during each school year. Over the past 11 years, the unit has earned nine “streamers” to display for various awards including the two Distinguished Unit Awards (2015 and 2017) and seven Unit Achievement Awards (2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016).

William Floyd NJROTC is one of only four units on Long Island and among just 59 in Area 4, which comprises the northeastern part of the United States including New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, as well as units in Italy and Spain.

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