News Letter

Tuscola AFJROTC Cadet News

Awards Night

As we reached the end of the semester for most cadets and a long year for others the time for recognition arrived for NC-075.  Cadets were awarded for there achievements and several cadets walked away with new metals to adorn there ceremonial jackets.

-C/2nd Lt Joseph Miller

Waynesville middle school recruiting event

Today the 8th graders showed up to tour the high school and our first ever recurring went very well, with an in depth description of our corps functions and four rifle spinning exhibition shows throughout the day.  Anyone deciding to join will start in our 50th year.

C/SrA Daniel Weber

Random acts of kindness

14 of our cadets volunteered to help the Junaluska Elementry School help with other schools to bring in and sort food

C/SrA Daniel Weber

Raider Meet

Our raider team went to Erwin High School and got first place in tire rolling and cart racing congratulations!

-C/2nd Lt Joseph Miller & C/SrA Daniel Weber

Military Ball 2018

With men dressed in fully adorned uniforms and girls in elegant dresses NC-075 had a night of fine dining and dancing at the annual Military Ball.

Washington D.C Trip

Many of our leadership went away for a school week to this amazing trip they had lots of fun

C/SrA Daniel Weber   

Awareness presentation

Our recruiting C/MSgt Olivia Fleegle,C/Capt Jade Lathrop,C/CMSgt Jorja Aumen,C/TSgt Elizabet Bradley, and C/Amn Noah Hall.Went to Jonathan Valley Elementary teach kids about JROTC (Uniforms,ranks,rifles,sabers,ribbons,and medals)

C/SrA Daniel Weber

Exchange of Chiefs 

C/2nd Lt. Tlyer Webb gave his position Cheif  to C/2nd Lt. Clay Playne

C/SrA Daniel Weber

Change Of Command

On December 17th 2017 cadet Lt. Col Dakota Warren ended his time as group commander and gave his position to newly cadet Lt Col Myra Rios

C/SrA Daniel Weber     

Canton Christmas parade

on December 19th 2017 the tuscola drill and saber team march in the canton lead the way   

C/SrA Daniel Weber

Waynesville Christmas Parade 

On December 17th 2017 the whole AFJROTC was marching in the Christmas parade the saber teams lead the way and everybody else followed.

C/SrA Daniel Weber

Wreath Laying

As some cadets were participating in the bell ringing on the same day others were laying wreaths on the graves of veterans for Christmas.

C/SrA Daniel Weber

Cadet Bell Ringing

At the Waynesville Ingles cadets stood in the frigid cold temperature and sang Christmas corals and rand the bell collecting donations for salvation army.

-C/2nd Lt Joseph Miller, C/TSgt Aneissa Scritsmier C/SrA Daniel Weber

Veterans Day Luncheon 

On veterans day 2017 we welcomed veterans from across Haywood county to come eat with us at Longs Chapel Methodist Church’s dining hall for the day.  A full staff of cadets and parent did a great job preparing and serving the food as well as hosting tables at the event!

-C/2nd Lt Joseph Miller & C/SrA Daniel Weber

Strike Eagle Eagle

Our drill team took a trip to east Henderson for the annual 1st & 2nd year drill competition taking home 3rd Overall!

-C/SMSgt Joseph Miller

Drill Dynamics

If you are interested in Drill Dynamics at Tuscola,we will be hosting the event over the summer we request that you bring 100 dollars by 4/5/17 to bring professional drill experts to contribute to teaching you and your fellow cadets.

-C/MSgt Joseph Miller & C/AB Linda Falduto

Schedule Change Requests

If you need changes/adjustments to your schedule, then go to the counseling center for information.

-C/AB Linda Falduto

Obligations List

The Obligations List is a list of fees a student owes to the core. If you have money to turn in  in the obligations list, turn it in by the end of the year. It can hold you back from graduating.

-C/AB Linda Falduto

Uniform Turn-In

Uniform turn-in is a requirement. Uniform turn-in sheets are given for understanding and knowing how and what to do in the process of turning in your uniform. Uniforms must be dry cleaned and returned in a specific order. If the uniform is dirty and/or wrinkled or a cadet does not show the cleaner or parent note showing it was dry cleaned, you will be required to take it home and get it dry-cleaned or pay a fee of 30$ for dirty uniforms. There is an order the uniform must be placed in and all accessories (Belt, belt buckle, cords, etc.) should be in a Ziploc bag and with your rank, last name, first name, AS-year, and flight. The times for turn in are 7:15 – 7:45 or 15:10 – 16:00 at the JROTC Mission Support room.

-C/AB Linda Falduto

Awareness Presentation

The Awareness Presentation at Junaluska Elementary,  a group of cadets from AFJROTC Tuscola High School are going to be visiting the after school program on Thursday from 4-6 pm.  The weather will be rainy but everything is going to be indoors.  Students in the after school program will be briefed in what the presentation is going to be about,  and the main conflicts of drug abuse, what are drugs, and more. There will also be some cadets  that will be going through with students form Junaluska Elementary including; Exhibition Training rods, Pt, and and for the participation and visit.

– C/2nd Lt. Amanda Creon

Awards Ceremony 

On 5/11/17 cadets where given awards for there accomplishments through out the year along with cadet officer promotions given to a select few top cadets of the 2016-2017.  The night was ended with the change of command from Lt. Col. Joy Kelly to Lt. Col. Makenzie Moor transferring the command of the entire corps over from one cadet to the other.

-C/MSgt Joseph Miller

Belk Ticket Sale

Our cadets are participating in our newest fundraiser on Wednesday, 26 April.  They will be selling belk tickets for five dollars.  The five dollars will go to solely profit Tuscola high school AFJROTC!

-C/MSgt Joseph Miller

Young Eagles 

May 20th there will be about 20 cadets go to fly in an experimental aircraft will diligent pilots at Hendersonville.

-C/MSgt Joseph Miller

Military Ball

Tuscola AFJROTC will be hosting a military ball this weekend on Saturday at cataloochee (for more information on the location contact the night will consist of dinner dancing and celebration between cadets and their guests.

-C/MSgt Joseph Miller


One of our upperclassmen 2nd lt. Nick Stepp was in an accident in which he was placed in the ICU for a couple weeks.  We will be conducting to help his family with the costs of hospital bills at Tuscola high school april second from  1-4 pm.

-C/MSgt Joseph Miller

Civil Air Patrol

Cadets went to fly on the 23rd at the asheville airport with the civil air patrol with the civil air patrol.  They were able to get a birds eye view from the cockpit cessna p170s.

-C/MSgt Joseph Miller


Our up and coming marksman team is finally in the works for the next semester with cSSgtAaleiah Cagle as the commander.

-C/MSgt Joseph Miller


3/20-25/17 cadets will try to rank up through the 3rd nine weeks promotion boards held by their fellow upperclassmen to see if they are ready to accept more responsibility as they move up there chain of command.

-C/MSgt Joseph Miller


On the 18th of March Tuscola participated in a drill meet at Erwin High School.

The events that Tuscola participated in were the Armed Platoon Commanded by C/TSgt Mathew Starley, Unarmed Platoon commanded by C/MSgt Luke Birchfield, Armed Element commanded by Cadet Airman First Class Joseph Miller, And unarmed element commanded by C/SSgt Mellisa Dellinger, Personal inspection commanded by Cadet Caption Dakota Warren, and Armed Individual commanded by Tyler Webb.

NC-075 won first place in Armed Platoon/Flight something not done by Tuscola in recent history thanks to the drill teams hard work and dedication, third place in personal inspection.  Tyler Webb and Dakotta warren earned metals in armed individual.  Along with Paxton “Halfpenny” Tracy earning second place in knockout.

-SMSgt Stevent Robertson


Earlier this month, Tuscola High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC Drill team continued their drill competition season by participating in the Rutherfordton-Spindale Central High School Marines Corps JROTC Drill and Academics event. In a very long day of challenging competition among two dozen JROTC teams; Tuscola Cadets came thru and delivered. The Drill Team finished ‘Best in Service’ OVER ALL! In order to achieve this top ranking; the Drill Team had to win or place in all the sub-categories…Tuscola earned ‘Best in Service’ in the following events: Color Guard, Personal Inspection, Armed Platoon/Flight, Unarmed Platoon/Flight, and 3rd place Freshman

-SMSgt Stevent Robertson


Tuscola Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC)  honored Haywood County veterans with a luncheon at 11 AM on Saturday, November 12 at Long’s Chapel UMC in Waynesville.

The entire worship hall was filled with attendees for the lunch in as cadets served and hosted table for veterans of all ages.  The cadets took different roles as waiters, dishwashers, and hosts.  Along with a big thanks to the Parents that volunteered to help prepare the meals for the cadets.

-SMSgt Stevent Robertson


Tuscola’s Air Force Junior ROTC Cadets continued their volunteering tradition by once again signing up to man the kettles and ring the bells for the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign is a critical fundraiser for their organization’s Christmas assistance especially their year-round programs that address social concerns in our community. JROTC cadets plan and lead all activities; and it was an easy choice for them to continue supporting our Salvation Army, said SMSgt Steve Robertson (Assistant Aerospace Science Instructor).

Our Cadet Corps has a long history of serving alongside our Waynesville Salvation Army and last weekend was no different. We signed up back in October to man two Kettles for the day. Over 30 cadets and parents came out, bringing smiles, handing out candy, and singing carols; I’m sure our efforts uplifted spirits and brought some holiday cheer to many shoppers, said Sergeant Robertson.

Tuscola’s JROTC Deputy Group Commander—Cadet Jade Lathrop, and our Executive Officer—Cadet Captain Dakota Warren tag-teamed the planning and execution of the “Bell-Ringing” event. It was another outstanding team performance from our Cadets, parents, and the Salvation Army. We’re very proud to be a part of this wonderful, community event, and are looking forward to helping the Salvation Army on their next mission, said Sergeant Robertson.

-SMSgt Stevent Robertson


Tuscola High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC Cadets entertained the residents at the Waynesville Brian Center last week with some holiday caroling.

JROTC cadets plan and lead all activities; and it was an easy choice for them to continue this particular community service event. Our upperclassmen play a big role in leading younger Cadets in events planning. Our Cadets began this event last year and  really enjoyed it so much, said SMSgt Steve Robertson (Assistant Aerospace Science Instructor).

Tuscola’s JROTC Deputy Group Commander–Cadet Jade Lathrop lead in the planning and execution of the event. Cadet Lathrop is involved with JROTC and chorus, so bringing her experience in both backgrounds together in this holiday caroling event was great for everyone especially the residents! It was an outstanding overall team performance, both from our Cadets and the staff at the Brian Center. We’re very proud to be involved in this wonderful event and look forward to continuing it in the future, said Sergeant Robertson.

-SMSgt Stevent Robertson


On Tuesday, Jan. 24, Tuscola Air Force Junior ROTC cadets presented their 8th Annual NC-075 ‘State of the Cadet-Corps’ briefing to the Town of Waynesville Board of Aldermen. Cadet Corps Commander C/Lt Col Joy Kelley, along with three other cadets;  C/2nd Lt Jack Leslie, C/2nd Lt Mayra Rios, and C/SSgt Aaleiah Cagle presented the briefing, which culminated with a resounding applause.

Left to Right: Lt Col Sutton, C/2nd Lt Mayra Rios, C/SSgt Aaleiah Cagle, C/2nd Lt Leslie, and Corps Commander C/Lt Col Joy Kelley

Air Force JROTC requires each unit to have their cadets plan, design, practice, and deliver their unit briefing during their annual higher-headquarters inspection. The unit briefing is one way for cadets to essentially show case all their hard-work. “AFJROTC curriculum is designed for students to plan and lead all the activities and events; so presenting their unit briefing usually comes easy when you have lots of examples to illustrate your hard-work and effort, especially community service,” said SMSgt Steve Robertson (Assistant Aerospace Science Instructor)

“Our Cadet Corps has a long history of serving alongside numerous agencies in our community.  From working with the Town of Waynesville, Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, Folkmoot, and most recently our annual support to the Waynesville Salvation Army…our cadets keep the calendar full. I know our cadets really enjoy coming each year to tell their story to the Town of Waynesville. Highlights of the Cadet Corps briefing included examples of the more than 150 community service events performed by the Cadet Corps during the first semester, amounting to nearly 1,200 community service hours. In other words…that’s more than 12 hours of community service per cadet,” said Sergeant Robertson. Community service is a big piece of the JROTC program as it directly ties to the Air Force JROTC mission statement, “Developing citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.”

“We’re very proud to be a part of this community and our Cadet Corps family looks forward to presenting the briefing as it details our accomplishments especially in community service events. Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown initiated this tradition when he began his service as mayor and thoroughly enjoys watching our cadets in action. Mayor Brown’s response tonight shows his confidence in JROTC, especially in how it affords students opportunities to engage in their community. We share his confidence in knowing America’s future is a bright one,” said Lt Col Kevin Sutton (Senior Aerospace Science Instructor).

 –SMSgt Stevent Robertson


On Saturday, our newly developed NC-075 RAIDER team participated in their first competition of 2016 year; Erwin High School: “Hare in the Woods” Raider Meet.

Lt. Col. Kevin Sutton (Senior Aerospace Science Instructor) and I wish to thank Ms. Alma Amsler for volunteering to chaperone…she was a blessing to have with us today…thank you so much! OKAY…now to the results.

Cadet MSgt Gage Dike truly prepared our Cadets to not just compete but WIN! Not only did we have the most teams; 4, but we defeated all branches of JROTC. Throughout the competition Tuscola NC-075

  • TEAM 1: lead the way; and ultimately brought home the TOP TROPHY. TEAM 1 was lead by Cadet 2nd Lt Jack Leslie; members were Cadet AB Bryson Winchester, Cadet AB Hunter Davis, and Cadet Amanda Ceron…superb team performance!
  • TEAM 2: was lead by Cadet MSgt Gage Dike; members were Cadet MSgt Matt Floyd, Cadet SSgt Troy Mason, and Cadet TSgt Kayla Hipp.
  • TEAM 3: was lead by Cadet 2nd Lt Jonathan De La Cruz, members were Cadet 2nd Lt Nick Nicolas Stepp, Cadet TSgt Matthew Thompson, Cadet TSgt Mayra Rios, and Cadet AB Stormy Travis.
  • TEAM 4: was lead by Cadet AB Cole Slater, members were Cadet AB Damien Velt, Cadet AB Elizabeth Bradley, and Cadet AB Joseph Miller.