Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Samantha Coon receives the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement

Award includes nominees from all branches of JROTC – Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines

Ronald M. Tuczak/Special to The Sun: Samantha Coon poses for a picture with her award.

On Dec. 18, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Samantha Coon was awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement. She is a senior and the Cadet Battalion Commander of the Lenape JROTC.

To place this into context, Lieutenant Colonel Ronald M. Tuczak, U.S. Army (retired), Senior Army Instructor, commented, “I have never seen this awarded to a JROTC cadet in my seven years of teaching JROTC.”

It is awarded through an extensive nomination process and includes nominees from all branches of JROTC – Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. The candidates are selected by a committee from the Legion of Valor (an organization comprised of our nation’s military heroes who have received the Distinguish Service Cross or Medal of Honor). Additionally, out of all of the Army JROTC Cadets in the world – over 1400 programs and over 140,000 cadets – only a handful receive this recognition. Congratulations Sam!