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JROTC Cadet Ketty-Daphney Ngwese Earns the Legion of Valor Award

Army Material Command Deputy Commander LTG Walker and JROTC Cadet LTC Ketty-Daphney Ngwese
Army Material Command Deputy Commander LTG Walker and JROTC Cadet LTC Ketty-Daphney Ngwese
Photo Credit: Kari Hawkins Public Affairs Specialist HQs, U.S. Army Materiel Command
  • Posted on Dec 15th, 2020
  • Story by: 1SG (R) Duane Yarbrough
  • 6th Brigade
    Event Academic Excellence

HUNTSVILLE, AL -- In support of the Army’s number one priority, which is people, it is important to Army Material Command leadership. Including LTG Flem B. “Donnie” Walker, to provide a high level of recognition for Cadet LTC Ketty-Daphney Ngwese’s accomplishment. On 9 November 2020, Cadet Ngwese was presented the Legion of Valor by the Army Material Command Deputy Commander LTG Walker. Cadet LTC Ketty-Daphney Ngwese exemplifies the highest level of scholastic excellence in military and academic subjects at Lee and New Century Technology High School. She is the first JROTC cadet from Huntsville City Schools to be elected to serve as president for JROTC in Alabama. She is a senior at New Century Technology High School and the Battalion Commander for the Lee/New Century Technology JROTC General Battalion. She is ranked 4th out of 115 seniors with a 4.3 GPA and a 33 ACT score. She is currently taking all AP classes and plans to attend Howard University studying Accounting and Finance.

As Cadet Ngwese reflects on her experience in high school, she states, “As I entered the halls of New Century Technology High School for the first time, I had no idea what I was doing. Though all of us were considered new students, I felt like a complete outsider. In this isolation, JROTC became my place of refuge. Within this program, I was able to find the confidence that I needed to become the best me that I can be. Now as I look back on my experiences and accomplishments during high school, I know that JROTC has allowed me to reach my full potential.

JROTC has allowed me to explore the limits of my ability but it has also taught me that it is okay to set boundaries when necessary. Though it may seem as if I have reached the highest level that any one cadet can reach, I still have a lot to learn. I am still growing and figuring out where I fit in the world. The only difference between me and the typical high school student is our name. As I continue to mature, I hope that I grow into the adult this program and my parents have prepared me to be. Finding an organization or a group of friends with the same values and sentiments after high school will be difficult, but I know it will be easier now that I have experienced JROTC firsthand. I know through JROTC, I have forged lasting relationships and learned valuable lessons about myself and other people that I will carry with me into the future”.