On Friday, May 25, 2018, MSgt. Keith Thrash of Rome High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) was selected as one of the 2018 Air Force JROTC (AF JROTC) Outstanding Instructors.
This award honors the exemplary contributions and the impact that MSgt. Thrash has had on the cadets at RHS as well as the impact that he has made throughout the school and the community. Recipients of this award represent the highest examples of the Air Force Core Values, which are crucial to the success of the AF JROTC mission.
There are about 1,800 instructors in AF JROTC, all of whom are high-performing, type-A, retired United States Air Force officers and Non-Commissioned Officers. Out of this pool of instructors, only 264 were selected as Outstanding Instructors, including MSgt. Thrash.
Rome High School JROTC Colonel Seaborn Whatley works alongside MSgt. Thrash and concurs with his recognition for this prestigious award.
“The mission of AF JROTC is to develop citizens of character. You only have to spend a few moments with MSgt. Thrash to understand that he is first and foremost a man of character. After a few more moments, you will also realize he is fully and totally dedicated to his cadets. Whether it is drill practice at 0600, a weekend community service event or just a quiet moment of encouragement with a cadet who is having a rough day, he is always available for his cadets, past, present and future,” said RHS JROTC Colonel Seaborn Whatley.
“Of course, we already know that MSgt Thrash is among the ‘best of the best’ in AF JROTC, but it is awesome they recognize it too. As a community, we are extremely blessed to have this man of caring character developing our future citizens,” said Whatley.
“Obviously, I am very humbled and honored to receive this award, but I think it is not necessarily a reflection on me, but the program itself. It speaks volumes with me receiving this award, that what we are doing for our cadets and the students at Rome High School is making an impact on them, and that is what I am most proud of,” said MSgt Thrash.
MSgt. Thrash is excited that this award will help continue to keep the standards and expectations set high for their cadets. “I definitely don’t see this award as an individual award, but as an all-around award for Rome City Schools, Rome High School and the JROTC program itself,” said MSgt. Thrash.