Bob Newman
Cape Fear Chapter 366
Air Force Association
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John Lasley
Vice President:
Tim Peppe
Sheila Lasley
Treasurer and
VP Vet/Govt Affairs:
Gary Green
VP Membership:
Ed Sullivan
VP Communications:
Jerry West
Ron Tilmon
Chapter 366 Supports Air Force Junior ROTC ...

Annual Awards to J-AFROTC Cadets. It’s May and that time of the year that we award outstanding performances to our local J-AFROTC units. Here are this year’s winners:

Laney High School (Wilmington)
  • AFA Scholarship ($500): Cadet Master Sergeant Taylor P. Aikman. Cadet Aikman is a senior, a 4-year AFJROTC cadet, and is bound for Cape Fear Community College after graduation to earn an associate's degree, then proceed to a 4-year university to earn her bachelor's degree. Cadet Aikman is currently completing studies in Chemistry, Principles of Business and Finance, Spanish II, and AFJROTC IV, having earned a 2.85 GPA. She is an active member of the Kitty Hawk Air Society, and formerly served as the deputy commander. She is also a member of the Elite Guard drill team, and has performed color guard details at school events and in the local community.
  • Air Force Association Award ($50): Cadet Captain Macaiah S. Robertson. Cadet Robertson is a junior, has earned a 4.0 GPA, is 120 / 500 in her class, has previously earned awards for Tuskegee Airman Inc. and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, as well as the coveted Laney High School Letter for AFJROTC. She has served as an Element Leader, Flight Sergeant, Kitty Hawk Air Society Deputy Commander, and Flight Commander. Additionally, cadet Robertson is an active member of the unit's Elite Guard drill team, color guard team, and last summer at cadet leadership course, was named the camp's #2 female "rookie" cadet out of 125.
Northside High School (Jacksonville)
  • AFA Scholarship ($500) - Cadet Colonel Elvine Katanga; Cadet Katanga served as Squadron Commander last semester and is currently our Group Commander and senior mentor. Under her leadership and mentorship, she was the driving force behind her squadron accumulating 1,787 Community Service hours so far this school year! While she has been accepted to various universities, notably VMI and The Citadel, Cadet Katanga has elected to attend Norwich University next fall in pursuit of her commission in the United States Air Force as a Nurse.
  • AFA Medal Award ($50) - Cadet Lt Col Yanielle Viruet Rosa; Cadet Viruet Rosa is a Deputy Squadron Commander and will transition to the Squadron C ommander next fall. He served in leadership roles both semesters this year as the Drill Team Commander.
The Wreaths Across America program greatly assisted in allowing us to increase our scholarship amounts. In 2018, we received a total of $425 from the contributions of our members participation. That means the Bob Newman Lower Cape Fear Chapter 366 AFA contributed 85 wreaths to the Wilmington National Cemetery for the wreath laying ceremony on December 15, 2018. Thanks to our members for their generosity.

The mission of AFJROTC is to "Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community." AFJROTC is not an USAF accessions program and cadets are never under any obligation to join the military. AFJROTC is a Title 10 US Code mandated citizenship training program that is designed to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship, promote community service, instill AFJROTC image1personal responsibility, character, and self-discipline. The program achieves this through classroom education in air and space fundamentals and hands on learning opportunities in a number of fun and challenging extra-curricular activities.

The AFJROTC program is grounded in the Air Force core values of "integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do."

The program has 878 AFJROTC units with an additional 14 National Defense Cadet Corps units for a total of 892 units in high schools world-wide. There are more than 121,000 high school cadets in the program and over 1,950 retired USAF instructors who lead, mentor, guide, and teach our cadets in high schools in the US and around the world. AFJROTC enjoys overwhelming school administration and community support because of the huge positive impact on cadets, schools, communities, and our nation. In many communities that have no military bases within many miles, the cadets and instructors of AFJROTC are truly "The face of the US Air Force in communities all over the US and the world."

The AFA Cape Fear Chapter provides direct support to Junior ROTC units at Laney High School (Wilmington, NC), Northside High School (Jacksonville, NC), West Craven High School (Vanceboro, NC), and Jones Senior High School (Trenton, NC).