Antelope Valley School District


Aerospace Science Instructor Room / Ext. Email Subjects
LtCol Brian Owen 429 AS-1, 2, 3 & 4
MSgt Winston Cagadas 406   LE-1, 2, 3 & 4

The California 944th Air Force Junior ROTC (CA-944 AFJROTC) Group at Highland High School has been an important part of the campus since 1994 by agreement between the Antelope Valley Joint Union High School District and the United States Air Force.

The AFJROTC program enrolls approximately 130 cadets and employs 2 instructors. The AFJROTC unit is located at Highland High School and, by law the program is limited to students in grades 9 – 12. AFJROTC instructors are employees of the Antelope Valley Joint Union High School District.

Air Force Junior ROTC is a citizenship program for students in the ninth through twelfth grades that encourages students to get involved in their local communities to produce well-informed and helpful citizens. Program curriculum includes aerospace related academic instruction and leadership training. The cadet group is managed and operated by cadets affording them opportunities to learn/develop leadership skills and how to direct activities. Each year's Aerospace Science course work relates to a different theme, e.g.: a Journey into Aviation History, The Science of Flight, The Exploration of Space, and Global Studies. To enhance classroom learning, students participate in extracurricular and social activities such as field trips, drill teams, honor guards, model rocketry, and Military Balls.

Air Force JROTC seeks to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and communities. Each year-long JROTC course is a balanced mix of Aerospace Science, Leadership Education, and Wellness Education. The complete JROTC program includes science components, physical education components, basic military drill skills (marching and facing movements), physical conditioning, and team sports. There are many optional extracurricular activities cadets may choose to participate in: color guard, drill team, military ball committee, field trip committees, PT team, model rocketry, and more. AFJROTC cadets at all levels are eligible to participate in a Zero-Period academic class to avoid scheduling conflicts during the regular school day.  

INCOMING 9th graders / 1st year cadets will receive:

AEROSPACE SCIENCE YEAR 1 One-year Course; 10 credits: Students will use the textbook "Aerospace Science: The Science of Flight: A Gateway to New Horizons" which covers - “How Airplanes Fly” discussing the elements of flight to include: the principles of flight; the physics of flight; the various parts of an airplane and the functions each performs. “Working Through Flight Conditions” explores how weather conditions affect flight. “Flight and the Human Body” covers how flight affects the human body: the physical laws of gases, G-forces, spatial disorientation, motion sickness, and other stresses; protective equipment and aircrew training. “Flying From Here to There” discusses flight navigation and the purpose of navigation aids. In the Leadership Education portion of class “Communication, Awareness, and Leadership” we will stress: stresses communications skills and cadet corps activities. Much information is provided on communicating effectively, understanding groups and teams, preparing for leadership, solving conflicts and problems, and personal development. Cadet corps activities include holding positions of responsibility assisting in the planning and execution of corps projects. Cadets will learn and expand their knowledge of Drill and Ceremonies, and learn about the importance of Health and Wellness while also participating in physical training.

Program information and application are available at: AFJROTC Program Information


Post-high school benefits:

  • Life-long skills
    • Leadership/followership skills
    • Communication skills
    • Organizational/time mgmt. skills
    • Individual/group behavior
    • Management skills
    • Citizenship
  • Scholarship opportunities (officer)
  • Accelerated rank (enlisted)


Profession Responsibility Integrity Discipline Education


"Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community”

The objectives of AFJROTC are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship, promote community service, instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline, and provide instruction in air and space fundamentals.

The AFJROTC program is grounded in the Air Force core values of: “Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do”. The curriculum emphasizes the Air Force heritage and traditions, the development of flight, applied flight sciences, military aerospace policies, space exploration, leadership, and health and wellness.

Curriculum opportunities include:

  • Academic studies
  • Character education
  • Life skills education
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Team-building experiences
  • Intramural competition
  • Field trips / training opportunities

Community Projects

In an effort to produce well-informed and helpful citizens, AFJROTC encourages its cadets to get involved in their communities. This is one of the most interesting and fun aspects of the AFJROTC experience. The number, type and size of cadet community projects are limited only by their imagination. Units perform as a team as they coordinate everything from Adopt-a-Plane washes to cookie dough sales and from Blood Drives to recycling drives.

Many cadets also volunteer their time to support local non-profit organizations.