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Welcoming Major Joseph P. Marchesin, center, are Orange/West Orange UNICO President Ken Broderick, left and Scholarship Chairman Frank V. Gonnella, right.

AFJROTC Given Distinguished Unit with Merit Award for 2017

The Orange/West Orange UNICO Chapter of UNICO National was honored to have the West Orange High School AFJROTC, better known as the Mountaineer Squadron, make a presentation during the chapter’s monthly meeting at the Essex County Country Club. Major Joseph P. Marchesini and Chief Master Sergeant Ricardo Thurston Sr. presented a briefing of the Mountaineer Squadron to the membership. The AFJROTC program at West Orange High School consists of cadets and is the most highly decorated JROTC program in New Jersey. The Mountaineer Squadron was awarded the “Distinguished Unit with Merit Award” for 2017, the highest decoration that a unit can receive.

The evening concluded with O/WO UNICO Scholarship Chairman Frank V. Gonnella announcing that beginning in 2018, the Chapter will be establishing an annual $ 1,500 scholarship to be awarded to a graduating senior of the Mountaineer Squadron. For additional information or if you are interested in membership, please contact Frank V. Gonnella at [email protected]) or Mary Berger at [email protected].