Lynchburg Air Force JROTC program celebrates 50th anniversary

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) One of the oldest Air Force training programs for high school students in the country is celebrating a milestone.

The Air Force JROTC at E.C. Glass High School marked its 50th anniversary with a ceremony Friday afternoon.

The program was established in 1968, not long after the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps for the Air Force was authorized by Congress.

"I think the fact that we've been here 50 years is a testament to the school district's support, the school's support, the dedication of all the teachers and students, and a lasting legacy," said JROTC leader, Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Pratt.

For some, participating in JROTC is a family tradition.

"Often times it's carried down from parent to student. We have a lot of cadets whose parents were cadets here as well, so that's pretty special," Pratt said.

The Air Force JROTC at E.C. Glass is one of around 900 units around the world. 88 Lynchburg students participated in the program this year.