Eric Oliver received the most prestigious award at this year’s William Byrd High School Air Force JROTC Military Ball– the Air Force Association Award, presented by Dr. Robin Thompson, President of the local AFA Chapter. Shown left to right are Thompson, Oliver, guest speaker Lt. Col. Janelle Jackson, and Senior Master Sergeant Paul Richardson, one of the JROTC instructors at WBHS.

Guest speaker for the event was Lt. Colonel Janelle Jackson, Commander of the 317th Recruiting Squadron who leads active duty and civilian personnel in a 43,000 square-mile area that includes the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and holds two Master’s Degrees.

She spoke to the cadets on demonstrating resiliency during difficult times of change in their lives. The evening included the traditional POW/MIA Ceremony honoring those missing in action or prisoners of war in all wars and in all branches of the service. Many cadets and Vinton Mayor Brad Grose, who was made an Honorary Member of the William Byrd AFJROTC, participated in the Grog presentation which…

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