The Navy Service Training Command released the distinguished unit list for Area 10, with members of the San Benito Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) earning the 2016 Distinguished Unit Award title for the fifth year in a row.
This year, out of 57 Texas schools competing, the San Benito NJROTC Liberty Hounds placed eleventh, and the NJROTC group also earned a commendation award for “Academic Honors.”
Captain Nels Swanson explained, “Area 10 is the area that spans nearly the entire state, covering the area east to west from Houston to El Paso, and up north past Dallas/Fort Worth to down south to the Rio Grande Valley.”
In addition to the credit gained through competition trips throughout the year, the cadets reached this milestone by logging 4,688 community and public service hours and 2,186 school support hours, surpassing last year’s totals by 18 percent and 22 percent, respectively.
“This is such an incredible feat. Hats off to our NJROTC Unit who continue to proudly represent San Benito CISD with honor, courage, and commitment,” Swanson said. “They continue to be the ‘backbone of San Benito,’” he added.