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Welcome to NC-955



The Air Force Junior ROTC program is made up of students from both Piedmont and Porter Ridge High Schools and is hosted at Piedmont High School.  Bus transportation from Porter Ridge is provided daily for the 5 mile commute.  Cadet leadership is comprised of students from both schools and all students have access to ROTC extracurricular activities, field trips, drill teams and community service events.  The unit was started at Piedmont High School in 1995 and the unit motto has always been "simply the best". 

The AFJROTC mission is to develop citizens of character, dedicated to serving their nation and community. The goal of the program is to instill in high school cadets the values of: citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment.

NC-955's goals are to instill core values to build good citizens, hard-working followers, and strong involved leaders who set the example for others.

Captain Louis D. Werder is the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor (SASI), and teaches:

Aviation History

The Science of Flight

The Exploration of Space

Introduction to Astronomy

Management of the Cadet Corps

Drill and Ceremonies.

CMSgt Dwight Holmes is the Aerospace Science Instructor (ASI), and teaches Leadership Education. His courses include:

Citizenship, Character, and Air Force Tradition

Communication, Awareness, and Leadership

Life Skills and Career Opportunities

Principles of Management

Drill and Ceremonies.

Cadets wear the provided Air Force uniform on Wednesdays.  We also participate in weekly Physical Fitness activities as part of our regular curriculum.

New students are always welcome to Air Force Junior ROTC. Students can be involved in our numerous extracurricular activities and field trips should they desire. While there are advantages to taking Junior ROTC should you desire to pursue a career in the military, we are not recruiters. We can refer students should they seek guidance, but our mission is to build leaders and develop citizens. Advanced education is highly recommended if at all attainable.


Please send comments/suggestions to: Dwight.Holmes@ucps.k12.nc.us or Louis.Werder@ucps.k12.nc.us