Paducah Tilghman's NJROTC unit earns Distinguished Unit recognition
The Paducah Tilghman NJROTC unit was eligible to start competing for the honor in 2004, after being established in 2001. “Winning the Distinguished Unit 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’re in our fourteenth year at Paducah Tilghman and we began our eligibility for the award after our third year. PTHS is one of two schools in Kentucky to receive the award. We’re excited to have received the award in nine out of the 11 years that we were eligible for the competition. Many schools with units that have been around much longer than Paducah Tilghman’s unit have never won a Distinguished Unit award. That says a lot about our students and our school,” he said.
“The Distinguished Unit 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 seventh year of teaching in the NJROTC program.
Paducah Tilghman’s unit received the Distinguished Unit award in the NJROTC region designated as “Area Nine,” the Navy organization to which the school’s program is assigned. Area Nine encompasses more than 60 schools in states from Virginia to New Mexico.