The Lincoln-Way East Air Force Junior ROTC program has been recognized with the "Distinguished Unit Award with Merit."  The rating was awarded this school year to approximately 10% of the 870 AFJROTC units worldwide.  The award follows a Headquarters AFJROTC inspection last month where the unit earned an "Exceeds Standards" rating - the highest attainable.  The inspector noted that the cadets were very impressive, performed exceptionally well, and obviously take great pride in leading and accomplishing their unit goals.  "Our cadets run the AFJROTC program while MSgt Steen and I supervise," said Lt Col (ret.) John O'Connor, the unit's Senior Aerospace Science Instructor.  "From the outset, our cadet leaders overcame numerous obstacles and motivated the entire cadet corps to focus on excellence throughout the school year.  I'm so very proud of all of them!"