“Winning the Unit Achievement Award is a great payback for our cadets who have worked hard all year,” said retired Navy Lieutenant Commander Donald Taylor, Senior Naval Science Instructor. “We recently shifted regions to NJROTC Area Three, and the competition for these national awards is significantly more stringent. PTHS is one of only three schools in Kentucky to receive these national awards. Many schools with units that have been around much longer that Paducah Tilghman’s unit have never won a Distinguished Unit award or Unit Achievement. That says a lot about our students, our program, and our school,” he said.
“The Unit Achievement Award marks the Paducah Tilghman program as one of the top NJROTC units in the country,” according to Senior Chief Petty Officer Don Myers, the unit’s Naval Science Instructor. “We’re the only school in far Western Kentucky with a Navy Junior ROTC program,” he said. Myers is in his tenth year of teaching in the NJROTC program. He went on to describe this award as being comparable to winning state championships in academics or sporting events.