• Wharton Mayor Recognizes AFJROTC Cadets for Community Service

    Posted by Chief Slacum on 10/7/2021

    Cadets,

    What an awesome day to be in TX-954! Today the Cadets from AFJROTC Unit TX-954 were recognized by Wharton Mayor Tim Barker and the Wharton Beautification Commission for their community service activities.

    Certificate

    Group Photo

    To all Cadets, thank you epitomizing our core values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do!!

    Chief

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  • Wings over Houston this week!

    Posted by Chief Slacum on 10/4/2021

    Cadets,

    Last week was another great week for TX-954! We completed our study of Survival Chapter 1, had fun in PT on Friday, and on Saturday our Color Guard presented the Colors for the 50th reunion of the WHS Class of '71.  While our Cadets don't do it for the accolades, they earn them anyway.  The members of the WHS Class of '71 had nothing but awesome things to say about the quality of the Cadets to include their professionalism in presenting the Colors and the high level of respect they demonstrated during the event.

    WHS Class of 71

    This week (on Friday) the Cadet Group will travel to Joint Base Ellington in Houston to set up for the Wings Over Houston Airshow.  While there the Cadets will have the opportunity to witness both historic and modern aircraft demonstrate their aerial capabilities.  This yearly event has always been fun for the Cadets and I know this year will be no different.  Make sure you wear your PT shirt, long pants (no shorts) and close-toed shoes.

    Chief Slacum

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  • A short but busy week

    Posted by Chief Slacum on 9/25/2021

    Cadets,

    You all continue to amaze!!  Even though this was a short (4-day) week you packed a lot into it. Besides our regularly scheduled classes and after-school leadership development activities you also had the opportunity on Friday to travel to the University of Houston to meet with the Cadets from AFROTC Detachment 003, and show your WHS pride by conducting a campus-wide clean up on Saturday (which was followed by a cookout).  Your level of committment IS recognized and greatly appreciated.

    University of Houston Trip

    Campus Clean Up

    September Cookout

    Again, Major Welch and I really appreciate the hard work you all are giving to the AFJROTC program and your unwavering support of the community.

    Chief Slacum

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  • Another short week

    Posted by Chief Slacum on 9/20/2021

    Cadets,

    Can you believe we are already in the 7th week of the school year?!?

    This is another short week as Monday is dedicated to staff professional development (we need our education just as much as you do).  As such, your uniform inspection will be conducted on Friday as part of the field trip to the University of Houston's AFROTC Det 003.  As a reminder, all Cadets planning to go on the trip must be in their blue uniform (service coat is not required but your hat IS required).  Cadets must meet all AFJROTC uniform and appearance standards in order to board the bus.  If you are not in standards then you will not be going on the trip.  You can always refer to Attachment 1 of your Cadet Guide for uniform standards.  Cadets who are unable to attend the trip will have a "normal" PT Friday...in keeping with our school spirit theme, you can wear your favorite superhero costume or your PT uniform.

    Last week we began our discussion of AS 410: Survival; this week we will dive into LE 400: Fundamentals of Management.  To be able to provide you with electronic course materials all Cadets have been assigned to a Google Classroom (the course name is your Flight designator).  You should have received an invitation email on Friday, if you did not, please let me know.  Major Welch and I will place the materials you need to study in your Google Classroom so you have a one-stop shop for your materials.  We will also begin using Turning Technologies (the online version of our Clicker System).  We will conduct a training session in class to ensure all Cadets know how to setup their accounts and access their materials.

    Enjoy the remainder of your 3-day weekend and we will see you in class on Tuesday.

    Aim High!!

    Chief Slacum

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  • Historic Fence Restoration

    Posted by Chief Slacum on 9/12/2021

    Cadets,

    We had a phenomenal turn out for our Wharton City Cemetery Historic Fence Restroration Project.  The 135 year old iron fence was indeed in need of attention.  The Cadets grabbed their wire brushes and vigorously scrubbed away the rust and plant life abd finished off by adding a layer of "Restore" to help preserve the fence for years to come.  But we are by no means done, there is still plenty of the fence that needs our attention so if you could not make it out on Sunday then be on the lookout for your next opportunity to assist.

    Fence Project

    While we were at the cemetery we took a the time to remember to the significance of the day, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States that resulted in over 3,000 lost lives. A special thank you to Mr. Jeffrey Blair who played Taps in remembrence of all who lost their lives on that fateful day.

    Salute

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  • ooohhh, shiny...

    Posted by Chief Slacum on 9/10/2021

    Cadets,

    As this week draws to a close I want to take a moment to say "Thank You" for the hard work each of you demonstrated this week during our shoe shining lesson.  As you know by now, shining your shoes is important (and a graded uniform standard) but it was not really the point.  Shoe shining was a means to an end by giving us a perfect opportunity to talk about: achieving excellence (by paying attention to the details), perseverence (by not giving up on the task because it was boring or too difficult), and teamwork (by trusting your teammate to shine one of your shoes for you).

    I can tell you that your shoes are now the best I have seen in 4 years here at Wharton High School.  Of course, there were some Cadets who "outshined" their peers and took top honors as this year's "Chief's Shoe Shining Challenge" champions.  Congratulations go out to (from left to right): C/Maj Patel, C/AB King, C/2d Lt Spann, and (not pictured) C/AB Veazey.

     

    Shoe Shine Champions

    On Saturday, 11 September (which is tomorrow) we will meet at the Wharton City Cemetery to clean up the historic fence.  We will begin promptly at 0900 hrs and be finished promptly at 1200 hrs.

    13 September is a graded uniform inspection.  All Cadets are required to wear their blue uniform and meet all grooming and personal appearance standards.  You are not required to wear your service coat, but if you do please remember to wear your tie/tie tab.  If necessary you can refer to your Cadet Guide, Attachment 1 for further details on how to wear your uniform properly.

    Have an awesome weekend and we will see you back in class on Monday (or tomorrow if you are participating in our community service event).

    Aim High!!

    Chief Slacum

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  • It may be "throw Back" Day, but we keep looking to the future

    Posted by Chief Slacum on 9/3/2021

    Cadets,

    Another week is down and we are still pushing strong.  I really enjoy our lunch parties, I especially liked everyone getting their groove on to the best of the 80's as we prepared for today's WHS theme of "Throw Back".  It was fun getting to see the Cadets interpretations of varous decades.  Of note, I think your Cadet Group Commander hit the nail on the head as she dressed in her version of 80's athletic wear for PT today!  Speaking of PT, I am thrilled to announce that we had 100% for PT uniform wear today, I am proud of each of you for remembering to wear/bring your PT uniform to class on Fridays.

    Throw Back PT

    As we look to the future, if you did not bring your uniform shoes in today you MUST bring them on Tuesday (no school on Monday) as you require them for our shoe shining class.  This is a major grade so do not forget.

    Our trip to UoH has been rescheduled for Friday, 24 September.  So plan accordingly.  Permission slips for parent/guardian signature will be produced and ready for you next week.

    I hope you all enjoy your 3-day weekend, be safe, and we will see back in class on Tuesday!

    Aim High!!

    Chief Slacum

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  • 3rd week is done!

    Posted by Chief Slacum on 8/27/2021

    Cadets,

    Our third week of school is done and in the books and I can't help but be proud of the hard work I see each of you doing each day.  Remember, Monday is a uniform inspection day.  If you do not have your uniform (because I am altering it or because we have ordered it) then be sure to come to class meeting all other dress and appearance standards as outlined in your Cadet Guide.  In other words, come to class meeting all dress and appearance standards as if you were in uniform.

    Ceremonial Color Guard

    Tonight our Ceremonial Color Guard will present the Colors for the first varsity football game of the season as our Tigers set out to wrangle the Rattlers at Tiger Stadium.  The Ceremonial Color Guard has been putting in a lot of practice hours and they are looking sharp.  Don't forget, we are always looking for new Cadets to join this elite team.

    Enjoy your weekend and we will see in class on Monday!

    Chief

     

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  • Cadets Keeping Wharton Beautiful

    Posted by Chief Slacum on 8/23/2021

    Adopt-a-Highway

    On 21 August we had our first Gadet-Group community service event, Adopt-a-Highway.  Nine outstanding Cadets voluteered their personal time on a Saturday morning to clean the highway in front of Tiger Stadium (one mile in each direction).  It was hot and there was a lot of garbage to be picked up but our Cadets got it done and it looks great!  Our next community service event will be on 11 September as we clean the historic fence surrounding the Wharton City Cemetery.  The cemetery is located at 801 E. Caney St here in Wharton.  We will meet at 0900 hrs and we will finish at 1200 hrs.  As a reminder, to be eligible for promotion consideration you must accumulate a minimum of 10 AFJROTC-sponsored community service hours (in addition to the requirements explained in your Cadet Guide).

     

     

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  • AFJROTC Resiliency COVID-19 Award

    Posted by Chief Slacum on 8/20/2021 2:00:00 PM

    I am happy to share with all of the Cadets and their famlies that our unit received the AFJROTC Resiliency - COVID 19 Award.  Each Cadet in the program who was part of the program during the inclusive period will receive a ribbon to be worn on their uniform.

    This award is a testement to the "never give up" attitude of the Cadets.  I am proud to have the opportunity to work with such great young men and women as we strive to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving our nation and community.

    I know that no matter what is thrown our way, the Cadets of TX-954 have the will and the intestinal fortitude to rise up to meet the challenge.

    Cadets, THANK YOU for being such awesome students and members of the community.  I truly look forward to seeing you each day.  Below is a copy of the letter we received from Brigadier General Maher.

    Chief

    AFJROTC Resiliency - COVID 19 Award

     

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