CLOVER, S.C. – Air Force JROTC HQ and the Air Force Association announced on Monday that Charles B. Bratton of Clover High School is the recipient of the Air Force JROTC and AFA Cadet Leadership Award.
The only individual cadet award granted, Bratton was selected from the nearly 900 units and 31,000 juniors eligible for the award. In September, the CHS junior will receive his award at the AFA convention in Washington, D.C.
Selecting the award winner includes a review at the state and regional levels before the final selection process among all the regional cadets.
MAJOR BRIAN BATSON,
“Cadet Bratton epitomizes our Core Values of “Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence in All We Do” and is very deserving of this recognition. Not only is Charlie very involved in JROTC, he is a terrific student and an outstanding school leader! Academically, he is ranked at the top of his class (1/548). Additionally, he currently serves as the Clover HS Junior Class President, and he is the Team Captain for our AF silver medal winning Marksmanship Team. Charlie is an Air Force JROTC Cyber Academy Distinguished Graduate and will attend the Air Force JROTC Flight Academy this summer where he will earn his pilot’s license. Charlie’s long-term goals are to attend the United States Air Force Academy and serve his country as a physician.”
ROD RUTH, PRINCIPAL
“To stand out as a cadet at the most successful AFJROTC program in the country is no small task. However, Mr. Bratton is certainly a standout. Perhaps his greatest attribute is his commitment to growth. He embraces hard work in endeavors that represent the most challenging levels of academia. He does so not as a resume builder but rather to allow these growth opportunities to serve as a catalyst to additional avenues of school and world contribution. He is a servant leader that achieves pinnacle success in all areas but does so with a level of humility that concurrently inspires others and commands attention.”