The United States Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) came into being with the passage of the National Defense Act of 1916. JROTC was established in the Broward County Public Schools District in 1973. The JROTC Program has changed greatly over the years. Once looked upon primarily as a source of enlisted recruits and officer candidates, it became a citizenship program devoted to the moral, physical and educational uplift of American youth. 28 of the 34 Broward County Public High Schools has an active JROTC program.
Broward County Public Schools has 20 Army, 2 Marine, 5 Navy JROTC, and 3 Air Force JROTC programs with a yearly average total JROTC enrollment of approximately 7,650 students per school year. The JROTC core curriculum prepares young men and women to be better citizens and leaders in their post secondary education or in the work place. Broward County Public School District JROTC instructors encourage cadets to pursue a college education as the option of first choice. Of the students remaining in JROTC for four years, over 90% attend college; 05% enter the workforce; and 5% join the Armed Forces.
Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps provides leadership training and an aerospace science program for high school students. Secondary school students who enroll in the program are offered a wide variety of curricular and co-curricular activities. The program explores the historic and scientific aspects of aerospace technology and teaches high school students self-reliance, self-discipline, and other characteristics found in good leaders. AFJROTC is open to 9th-12th grade students..
The program is not a recruiting tool for the military services and those students who participate in AFJROTC do not incur any obligation to the Air Force.
Chief Master Sergeant Walter R.Hernandez
Chief Master Sergeant Walter R.Hernandez is the second Chief of the Host Nation Rider Program, Southern Command, Miami, Florida. Chief Hernandez is the Career Enlisted Manager for the HNR Program; he is responsible to the Combatant Commander for all enlisted and Partner Nation personnel assigned to fly on board US Aircraft directed to Combat Transnational Criminal Organization activities while in the transient zone. He is in direct support of the President’s War on Drugs. Chief Hernandez entered the Air Force in 1992 and served in various career fields. He has participated in Operations, SOUTHERN WATCH, SEA SIGNAL, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQUI FREEDOM, PLAN CONDOR, ALL INCLUSIVE 2008, AIRBRIDGE DENIAL, OPERATION MARTILLO, KRAKEN and KRAKEN II. During these operations Chief Hernandez distinguished himself for planning, developing and executing Rules Of Engagement in support of the Combatant Command and The National Counter Narco-terrorism Strategy. Additionally, he has participated in various International Counter Drug Seminars to include protection of the US President. He served 4 years on active duty performing various positions within the Services career field. In 1996 he joined the NYANG as an Avionics Technician then later on as a C-5 Galaxy Flight Engineer. Chief Hernandez was instrumental on the movement of troops and equipment in direct support of Iraqui Freedom. In 2004 he found his calling and joined the HNRProgram, Chief Hernandez has been crucial in the development of the HNRProgram; under his leadership and mentorship 15 Airman are able to detect, monitor and provide situational and guidance information to Partner Nation Law Enforcement to stop over 2000metric tons of illegal drugs with a street value of $58.7 Billion from entering the United States. Chief Hernandez assumed his present position in August 2010.
1992 Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, TX
1992 Services Journeyman School, Lowry AFB, CO
1993 Prime RIBS Training Course, Atlanta, GA
1996 Fitness Specialty Course, Lackland AFB,TX
1996 Avionics Technician Course,Keesler AFB, MS
1997 Airman Leadership School, Volk field, WI
1999 Basic Flight Engineer School, Altus AFB, OK
1999 Water, Combat Survival, Spokane, WA
2000 C-5 Flight Engineer School, Altus AFB, OK
2003 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, McGhee Tyson, TN
2006 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy (non-residence), Maxwell AFB,AL
2007 Cross Cultural CommunicationsCourse, SOC Hurlburt Field AFB, FL
2007 Deterrence of International Terrorism, SOC Hurlburt Field, FL
2007 Latin America Orientation Course, SOC Hurlburt Field, FL
2008 Senior Enlisted Joint PME(non-residence), Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk,VA
2012 Contracting Officer Representative, 410
thARMY Acquisition Corps, Bogota,COL
2013 Full Time Support Management Course System, NGB, FL
2013 Airborne MissionSystems Operator, Lackland AFB, TX
2014 ANG Chief’s Executive Course. Andrews AFB, VA
2016 Threat Finance Course, Joint Military Training Center. VA
2017 Procedures and Standardizationfor ISR platforms, COLAF,COL
2017 AAS Air and Space Operations Technology. CCA,AL
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal
Humanitarian Service medal