Wayne County School Board recognized the Wayne County JROTC Cardinal Battalion on
receiving the Gold Star Award and being named an Honor Unit with Distinction (HUD), which is the
highest level a cadet battalion can be rated on a Junior ROTC Program of Accreditation, known as JPA.
JPA is the United States Army’s Cadet Command’s, AdvanceEd accredited inspection system. It
ensures overall compliance with all Army directives as they pertain to the management of a cadet
battalion. It consists of both cadet and instructor portfolios that demonstrate mastery of differentiated
Instruction, critical thinking questioning techniques, staff core ability assessment, overall continuous
improvement and marching/color guard.
CW4(R) William Sands, Senior Army Instructor, and the local battalion officers shared a brief
presentation regarding the recent inspection where they scored 98.5 on a 100-point scale. Scores of 95-
100 result in the cadet battalion being rated a HUD.
The JPA inspection occurs every three years and the inspector is a representative from Ft. Knox.
There are 1,741 Army cadet battalions and roughly, only 15 percent are designated as an Honor Unit
Dressed in formal uniforms, the battalion officers who shared an overview of the inspection
were: C/LTC Taylor Bell, Battalion Commander; C/MAJ Harley Baldwin, Battalion Executive Officer;
C/MAJ Adrian Martin, Battalion Operations Officer, C/CPT Wayne Tucker, Battalion Security Officer;
C/CPT Wesley Weston, Battalion Supply Officer; C/CPT Grayson Guffey, Battalion Public Affairs Officer;
C/CSM Trent McGuire, Battalion Command Sergeant Major; C/CPT Anthony Catron, Alpha Company
Commander; and C/CPT Phillip Shelton, Bravo Company Commander.
In other business:
*The board approved payment of two invoices to alt32 totaling $187,527.39 for professional
architecture services for the new Area Career and Technology Center.
*Received an informative report from Chief Academic Officer Brian Dishman regarding mid-year
reading data for kindergarten through third grade. Impressive gains are being made in these primary
grades based on a variety of assessments. Teachers and administrators monitor individualized student
data on a frequent basis.
*Approved the Amended 2017-18 School Calendar with the last day of the school year for
students on May 23rd, however, it will be amended again due to the snow day that occurred on March
*Approved two WCHS classes traveling to Atlanta, GA to visit the BODIES anatomy exhibit and
tour Georgia Tech on May 3-4.
*Reviewed and awarded the highest bid of $4,000 for a previously declared surplus 1999 Volvo
*Approved all the items on the consent agenda.
Several Wayne County JROTC members represented the group at the March Board Meeting
The Cardinal Battalion had received the Gold Star Award and named an Honor Unit with Distinction
Battalion Operations Officer, Adrian Martin
Alpha Company Commander Anthony Catron
Battalion Public Affairs Officer, Grayson Guffey
Battalion Executive Officer, Harley Baldwin
Bravo Company Commander, Phillip Shelton
Battalion Commander, Taylor Bell
Battalion Command Sergeant Major, Trent McGuire
Battalion Security Officer, Wayne Tucker
Battalion Supply Officer, Wesley Weston
Back Row (l-r): Wayne Tucker, Adrian Martin, Taylor Bell, Phillip Shelton
Front Row (l-r): Harley Baldwin, Trent McGuire, Wesley Weston, Grayson Guffey, Anthony Catron