2018-07-11 / Front Page

Leadership Excellence: Serving the Community with Pride

Lt. Col. Gracia and MSgt. Carr created an outstanding and community civic outreach program.Lt. Col. Gracia and MSgt. Carr created an outstanding and community civic outreach program.The Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) instructors and cadets of Franklin K. Lane (FKL) Educational Campus recently earned the prestigious Distinguished Unit Award: Lt. Col Ralph Gracia and MSgt. Eddie Carr provided outstanding leadership and mentoring in administering the cadet-centered citizenship program. The FKL Educational Campus’ cadets performed exceptionally, taking great pride in leading and accomplishing the unit’s goals. A synergistic approach to problem-solving, striving toward their dreams, and pursuing the unit’s mission has fostered pride and ownership in the cadet corps.

For centuries, leadership principles have been used to effectively guide society to become adept problem solvers and decision-makers. According to the author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” Stephen Covey, “To be effective, one must be focused, be proactive, seek understanding and work together, as well as focus on the end goal.” Summarily, AFJROTC goals are discussed, documented, and shared, throughout the unit. The goals then become a way of life and strategy for a successful plan.

MSgt. Carr stated, “FKL Educational Campus AFJROTC leadership program is making a positive impact on the cadets, campus, and the community. Our cadets performed 8,365 Leadership Development Requirements community service hours and are recognized for all their accomplishments. They are setting a new standard of excellence.” Campus Counselor Franklin Rodney stated, “This unit has an enormous history of success based on its affiliation with the community.” He also shared, “My gratitude for the wonderful work they do for our children. They are two wonderful community and civic-minded leaders who are invaluable ambassadors at the campus.” NYS Senator Joe Addabbo Jr. recognized the AFJROTC program and its instructors on their recent Outstanding Instructor Award. Sen. Addabbo said, “This accomplishment does not come easy. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication. These community leaders exemplify what it means to serve.” When it is all said and done, that is what “Leadership Excellence” is all about.





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