May 13 2018

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Virginia District 10 Presents VFW Award to Outstanding AFJROTC Cadet

May 11, 2018, Dale City, VA, this joyful Friday evening, the Air Force Junior ROTC at Hylton High School held their annual Dining Out at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1503.  Almost 300 Soldiers, Sailors, Airman, Marines, Cadets, School Administrators, teachers, moms, dads, brothers, sisters and distinguished guests came to celebrate and recognize achievement.  The Virginia District 10 Commander Chuck Wilson , and Post 7916 Junior Vice Commander Bob Fenlason were part of this memorable event. 

Sponsored by VFW Post 7916 located in Occoquan, VA, The Veterans of Foreign Wars Award of Excellence was presented to JROTC Cadet Nicholas Lorenzo. Cadet Lorenzo was recognized for his outstanding leadership and Americanism as an AFJROTC Cadet. District 10 Commander Chuck Wilson, Col USAF Ret, presented the award. Cadet Lorenzo also received a $200.00 scholarship award from VFW Post 7916.

The Order of Daedalians Achievement Award was presented to the JROTC Cadet TyVelt Singleton. Cadet Singleton received this award for superior academic achievement, and leadership, in his Hylton High School Class, along with intent to pursue a military career.  Colonel Chuck Wilson presented this Order of Daedalians Achievement Award.  The Order of Daedalians is the National Order of Military Pilots, of which Wilson is a USAF Command Pilot and 35-year Daedalian member, was founded by World War I Army Air Service Pilots.  At that time the Air service was part of the Army Signal Corps.

Some background on Dining-Ins and Dining-Outs:

A dining-in is a formal event for military organizations believed to have begun in 16th-century England, in monasteries and universities. The British Army incorporated it during the 18th century, in the form of formal dining within the regimental mess. Rules of the mess were institutionalized as “the Queen’s Regulations.” The “mess night” or “dining in” became a tradition in all British regiments.

Our Army, Navy and Air Force refer to this event as a dining-in. The Marine Corps and Coast Guard call it mess night, while the Army sometimes calls it a regimental dinner. The Air Force dining-in probably began in the 1930s with General H. “Hap” Arnold’s “wing dings.” The close bonds enjoyed by Air Corps officers and their British colleagues of the Royal Air Force during World War II surely added to the American involvement in the dining-in custom.

A Dining-In involves only the members of the unit. Dining-Outs allow guests. The dining-out follows the same basic rules of the dining-in but is sometimes tailored for the civilian guests to encourage their involvement.




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