(By Lt Col Jim Forman)
East Central Illinois MOAA Chapter (Now a part of Lincoln Land MOAA Chapter) has a long history of supporting the JROTC/ROTC program. There had been various Chapter awards, scholarship endowments to Senior class JROTC cadets, and the MOAA medal to Junior class cadets for both JROTC and ROTC.
This year's awards were presented as follows:
Eastern Illinois: Certificate, MOAA medal, and check were presented to Army Cadet Tyler Sanders on 20 April by LtCol Jim Forman.
University of Illinois: Certificates, MOAA medals, and checks were presented to Army Cadet Daniel Yu, Navy MID Ethan Boder, Air Force Cadet Austin Mazur on 27 April by Hugh Shown.
Richland High School: Certificates, MOAA medal, and Scholarship check were given to Army Cadet Ayden Gayer on 4 May by JROTC unit commander MAJ Roy Waldhoff.
Mattoon High School: Certificates, MOAA medal and check were presented to Army Cadet Raygen Drennan and the Scholarship check was presented to Army Cadet Jack Burton on 11 May by Jim Forman. In addition, a check was presented to the Mattoon Army JROTC drill team for competition at the upcoming Illinois State Fair.
Danville High School: Recipients were Devyan Swearingen (Left) for the MOAA Award and Jacob Wescomb for the Scholarship, and were presented by LtCol Jim Forman
Danville JROTC ceremony on Thursday 18 May.
Presenter is LtCol Jim Foreman (Right).
Recipients are Devyan Swearingen (Left) for the MOAA Award
and Jacob Wescomb (Center)for the Scholarship
Hugh Shown (Lt Col USA (Ret)), Member of Lincoln Land Chapter presents the MOAA medals and checks to ROTC Cadets from the University of Illinois at a cermony on April 27, 2023:
Army Cadet Daniel Yu, Navy MID Ethan Boder, Air Force Cadet Austin Mazu