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Unit CA-20068^


CA-20068^ is located at the Academy for Academic Excellence in Apple Valley, California. We pride ourselves on keeping true to the United States Space Force Core Values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in all we do. Our cadets display "Integrity first"  by having the highest moral standards of any students in the High Desert.  "Service before self" can be seen through our record high number of community service hours each year.   "Excellence in all we do" can be seen both at our school where we complete our day to day operations and within the community where we are requested to perform our color guards, drill performances, and community service.   AAE SFJROTC is one of the the first ten units to convert from Air Force JROTC to Space Force JROTC.   We are one of ten schools selected out of 900 schools worldwide. We are the only school in California and the only charter school in the world to be selected.


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Senior Space Science Instructor

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression" -Andrew Grant


After 27 years of distinguished service in the US Air Force, Colonel Armstrong retired and joined AAE as math department head and science teacher, and soon after, he became the AAE AFJROTC instructor.  He was recognized in 2011 with the AFJROTC Instructor of The Year Award.  Colonel Armstrong is the Senior Space Science Instructor of SFJROTC Unit CA-20068^.

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Space Science Instructor

"Don't wish for it, work for it" -Gareth Price

Master Sergeant Padua honorably served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force.  He worked as a Supply Management Craftsman for 14 years.  The last 6 years of his Air Force career, he was the Superintendent for the Blue Eagles Honor Guard in Southern California.  Master Sergeant Padua is now the Space Science Instructor for the Academy for Academic Excellence unit CA-20068^.

Community Service

As of March 17 2023:  10,635 hours

Last Year:  6083 hours

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