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PVE Helps Junior ROTC Get Ready for Success

Here at PVE, we’re committed to giving back to the Fairfield community.

Fairfield High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets  recently held the grand opening and ribbon-cutting for their new Ready Room.

This was the cadets’ top wish list priority—a special place where they can relax between classes to do homework, chat with other cadets, or just rest. PVE residents and other members of the PVE AFJROTC Interface Committee, who have provided close support to the cadets for several years, are proud sponsors of the room.

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The PVE Committee was the idea of resident, committee chair, and NCROC board member Chuck Smith. The new Ready Room was designed and developed entirely by the cadets, who elected to name the room the “Getz Ready Room”—a play on the name of PVE residents Vicki and Bill Getz who funded its creation.

“The whole idea is to honor the young people,” Bill told the Fairfield Daily Republic. “They are our future.” He said he considers some of the Fairfield High Junior ROTC members “adopted grandchildren.”

Behind the scenes, encouraging the cadets and helping them in their effort was Senior Air Force Instructor for the Fairfield High ROTC program, Lt. Colonel Dave Avery USAF (Ret). Dave is not only an inspiration to the cadets but a warm and caring mentor. He has been in his position for eight years.

Spearheading the student’s design team was Fairfield High senior, Cadet First Lieutenant Melissa Weimer. Melissa has already joined the Army and will report for duty after graduation. Also giving strong support to the project was current Cadet Group Commander, Lt. Colonel Damoniece Yiggins and Chuck Smith.