By: Nadia Keith
While moving in the middle of the year from one building to an entirely new space in another building may stop a program from developing, this program has embraced the opportunity to grow.
Due to extensive remodeling on the NHS campus, the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) program had to relocate.
Remodeling, however, was not a setback to Major Scott Bright and Master Sergeant Michael Turner, but instead, they took the opportunity to teach the students how to grow through change and develop a different mindset.
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Major Bright has already been leading the NHS AFJROTC program for six years, and this year he was joined by Master Sergeant Michael Turner.
While his presence may have been new to NHS this year, Master Sergeant Turner is no stranger to the military or teaching.
Master Sergeant Turner spent twenty-five years in the Air Force between being a Flight Chief, Resource Protection Manager and Family Readiness Officer.
Having worked in a variety of roles in the Air Force, he would have one of the most impactful moments of his time in the service after Hurricane Katrina.
After Hurricane Katrina, he was a patrolling officer in New Orleans, where he ended up also speaking at his old high school’s JROTC program.
Talking to high school students who attended the same school as himself, he soon realized teaching was his passion, so when he retired from the Air Force in November of 2010, he already knew the direction the next step in his life would take.
Shortly after retiring from the service in November 2010, he began teaching at North Clayton High School and beginning a career following his passion of impacting young lives.
After also teaching at L.W. Higgins and Lovejoy High School, he has now found himself a home at Newnan High School, where he plans to stay.
Master Sergeant Turner commented, “I love teaching and what I do. It doesn’t matter where.”
Looking at the future of GA-934 at NHS, he wants to help the unit grow and take on any even bigger role in the AFJROTC community and among other schools in the county. He would like to start a AFJROTC newspaper and an Awareness Presentation Team.
Master Sergeant Turner plan for the program has a lot to do with some of the major life lessons AFJRTOC teaches its cadets. He explained how the most important lessons AFJROTC teaches are structure and toughness.
“Impossible is nothing” is a quote Master Sergeant Turner explained that he tries to lives by. He believes failure is a mindset, and he encourages his students to think the same way.
At Master Sergeant Turner’s side, Major Bright has already been building and working toward an even stronger AFJROTC program at NHS.
Having also served for decades, Major Bright was an Air Force pilot for twenty years. He served in multiple states in the United States as well as in countries overseas. Major Bright retired from Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta.
Major Bright’s goal for AFJROTC is to “Develop Citizens of Character.”
He explained how only a small part of what AFJROTC do is what people see and “AFJROTC” is a place for people to fit in.
Both instructors teach class and share in the duties of developing students’ into citizens of character as well as developing their growth mindset.
Major Bright teaches the aerospace science aviation history component of the curriculum, where the course covers the role that aviation has played in multiple different wars, commercial flight and the science of flight.
The AFJROTC members get two days of lessons from Major Bright, two days of lessons from Master Sergeant Turner and Fridays are physical training days.