The Arlington High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps received an “exceeds standards” rating during an October evaluation. (Contributed photo)

The Arlington High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps received an “exceeds standards” rating during an October evaluation. (Contributed photo)

Nearly grounded, Arlington’s Air Force JROTC program now soars

The Arlington High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps received an “exceeds standards” rating during an October evaluation — less than a year after the program faced an uncertain future.

Last school year, there were only 77 cadets in the program, and the Air Force informed the school that the program would close because it didn’t meet the 100-cadet minimum. Arlington Superintendent Chrys Sweeting sent a letter to the Air Force asking for more time to recruit cadets. The Air Force extended the deadline to this fall.

Thanks to an outreach effort, the program has grown to 103 cadets.

“Looking at where we were last year at this time, it’s remarkable that we were able to receive exemplary scores from the inspection in October,” Principal Duane Fish said.

Maj. Mike Blue, the program’s instructor, and ROTC families reached out to middle school students and freshmen, and also recruited students from the Lakewood School District, which doesn’t have a Junior ROTC program. In addition, Blue visited science classrooms to encourage students to take “Science of Flight,” an Air Force Junior ROTC science class.

“It’s definitely been a total team effort,” Blue said. “We felt a true sense of urgency. We focused on what makes JROTC unique, fun and exciting, and then brought those ideas to the forefront of our outreach efforts.

“The new cadets this year are outstanding,” he added. “In under 45 days, 52 new students completed all their requirements to earn the right to wear an Air Force JROTC uniform. The headquarter’s inspector said it was an amazing effort moving forward for our long-term future at Arlington High School.”

Talk to us

More in Local News

An example of the Malicious Women Co. products (left) vs. the Malicious Mermaid's products (right). (U.S. District Court in Florida)
Judge: Cheeky candle copycat must pay Snohomish company over $800K

The owner of the Malicious Women Co. doesn’t expect to receive any money from the Malicious Mermaid, a Florida-based copycat.

A grave marker for Blaze the horse. (Photo provided)
After Darrington woman’s horse died, she didn’t know what to do

Sidney Montooth boarded her horse Blaze. When he died, she was “a wreck” — and at a loss as to what to do with his remains.

A fatal accident the afternoon of Dec. 18 near Clinton ended with one of the cars involved bursting into flames. The driver of the fully engulfed car was outside of the vehicle by the time first responders arrived at the scene. (Whidbey News-Times/Submitted photo)
Driver sentenced in 2021 crash that killed Everett couple

Danielle Cruz, formerly of Lynnwood, gets 17½ years in prison. She was impaired by drugs when she caused the crash that killed Sharon Gamble and Kenneth Weikle.

A person walks out of the Everett Clinic on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Everett Clinic changing name to parent company Optum in 2024

The parent company says the name change will not affect quality of care for patients in Snohomish County.

Tirhas Tesfatsion (GoFundMe) 20210727
Lynnwood settles for $1.7 million after 2021 suicide at city jail

Jail staff reportedly committed 16 safety check violations before they found Tirhas Tesfatsion, 47, unresponsive in her cell.

A semi-truck rolled over blocking all traffic lanes Thursday morning on I-5 north just south of Arlington on Sept. 21, 2023. (Washington State Patrol)
Overturned trailer spills fish onto I-5 near Arlington, closing lanes

The crash blocked all lanes, forcing drivers going north during rush hour to use the left shoulder.

The Marysville Municipal Jail is pictured Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Marysville weighs mandatory jail time for repeated ‘public disorder’

The “three strikes” proposal sets a minimum sentence of 30 days in jail for crimes like public drug use and trespassing.

Everett police on patrol heard gunshots near 26th Street and Lombard Avenue and closed off multiple roads as they investigated on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023. (Everett Police Department)
3 teens arrested after gunfire in downtown Everett

No one was injured. Police heard gunfire in the area of 26th Street and Lombard Avenue.

It’s time to celebrate and say thanks

Local journalism — and community support — will be the stars of Behind the News Stories on Oct. 24 in Edmonds.

Most Read