Friday, November 15, 2013
Cadet Colonel John Cordes, the wing commander of SC-20081/AFJROTC at Ashley Ridge High School, received the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Outstanding Achievement at the Nov. 11 meeting of the Dorchester School District Two Board of Trustees.
Cordes was the only Air Force JROTC cadet out of 860 units to receive this prestigious award, a bronze cross and certificate, which is presented annually to the top senior cadet in each Naval, Army, Marine and Air Force JROTC.
The award was presented by board Chair Gail Hughes and Superintendent of Schools Joe Pye.
Cordes received a standing ovation from both the board and the room full of community members attending the meeting.
JROTC cadets received this honor in recognition of their leadership, community service, and scholastic excellence in military and academic subjects.
As a cadet Cordes has distinguished himself serving as honor guard commander and a member of the unit drill team. Cordes is a graduate of the SC AFJROTC Cadets Officer Leadership School and was an honor graduate twice. This past summer, he was selected to attend the Naval Academy Summer Leadership Program.
In addition, Cordes has been selected to attend The Citadel, and is also applying to the Naval and Air Force Academies. Cordes also is a member of the Summerville Orchestra, Ashley Ridge High School Orchestra and was selected to play with the Southern Regional Orchestra. John has maintained a 3.9 GPA and is a member of the unit Kitty Hawk Honor Society.
The Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Outstanding Achievement is presented by the Legion of Valor of the United States of America, Inc., to stimulate excellence in military and academic subjects.
The Legion of Valor is the oldest congressionally chartered veterans organization in the United States and is comprised of veterans from all branches of the military services who have received the Medal of Honor or their respective service’s highest award for gallantry.