Ashley Ridge Air Force ROTC cadet leader honored
An Ashley Ridge High School senior has been honored with the prestigious Legion of Valor Bronze Cross medal.
Sean Nance, the Cadet Colonel and Wing Commander for ARHS’s Air Force ROTC unit, officially received the medal during a special presentation held during Monday’s meeting of the Dorchester District 2 Board of Trustees.
Accompanied by a standing ovation from the full board room, Sean’s father pinned the medal on his son’s uniform.
“I want you to meet the only cadet in the entire Air Force ROTC program – worldwide – who is receiving this honor this year,” Maj. Willis Clark, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor at Ashley Ridge High School told the board. “Everyone who knows this young man knows he will wear it with pride and honor.”
The Bronze Cross for Achievement is an award bestowed by the Legion of Valor, one of the nation’s oldest veterans organizations made up of Medal of Honor and Distinguished Service Cross recipients. It is awarded to ROTC cadets who exemplify outstanding achievement in academics, leadership, and community service. In his letter to the Legion of Valor recommending Sean for the award, Willis wrote, “Cadet Nance consistently displays maturity beyond his years. His ability to communicate tactfully, firmly, and with empathy has earned him the respect of his peers, AFJROTC instructors, and teachers school wide. He is highly organized, skilled in teaching younger cadet, and is extremely cool under pressure. He is adept in planning events, always keeping mind the mission of the team, and the abilities and needs of his subordinates. In his four years of AFJROTC and Boy Scouts, he has always ensured that any task given to him was done to the best of his ability. He is a born leader both at in the unit, his church, and in the boy scouts. He has always challenged the cadets and scouts under him to always give their best and it shows!”
Sean’s many accomplishments include leadership positions in the ROTC unit, including Wing Commander, Flight Commander, Drill Team, and numerous other recognitions; numerous Boy Scout leadership positions, including Order of the Arrow and Eagle Scout. He has received the National Sojourners Award and has been a member of the unit Kitty Hawk Honor Society for the last three years. He has also received the Jefferson Award for outstanding volunteerism to the community and school and is ranked in the top 10 percent of his class overall with a 3.859 Grade Point Average overall and a 4.0 Grade Point Average in Aerospace Science for three years.