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JROTC Receives 5th Distinguished Unit With Merit Award

GROUP OF VMHS JROTC CADETS AT FIELD OF HONOR The Air Force JROTC instructors and cadets of Vista Murrieta High School earned an overall unit assessment score of “Exceeds Standards,” the highest rating attainable and for the fifth consecutive year, they received the Air Force “Distinguished Unit with Merit” Award during their evaluation on January 19, 2017.  


Colonel Pete Gray, AF inspector, remarked “this program is one of the top five schools observed of the 142 high schools I oversee.”  The cadet student leader is Karina Monge. The instructors are, Master Sergeant Paul Spear, Senior Master Sergeant ® Jeffrey Burgos, and Colonel Gene Matera.  

Col. Matera Receives Rotary Club of Murrieta's Vocational Service Award

On January 30, 2017 Colonel Gene Matera received Rotary Club of Murrieta's Vocational Service Award for "Service Above Self."Col. Matera holding Rotary Vocational Service Awards  
Matera established Vista Murrieta's Air Force JROTC program in 2009 with eight students.  Currently the unit has an enrollment of 240 cadets who are involved in a number of community events throughout the year.  Rotary's Vocational service director Jody Lawlor commended the JROTC cadets saying, "Our Rotary motto is Service Above Self and Gene has ingrained that into his students. You can see it in the way the students act and how polite and respectful they are.  We were so pleased with the JROTC cadets' help during the Field of Honor!" 
During the Rotary award presenttion, City of Murrieta Mayor Rick Gibbs said, "In addition to instilling personal responsibility, character, and self-discipline, Col. Matera is teaching the JROTC cadets what it means to be an American citizen."