The Conroe ISD JROTC Programs took a moment at their annual Salute to Veterans Parade on Friday, November 11 to recognize one of their own. Cadet Seth Huskey, TX-20062, The Woodlands, Texas was presented the Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) Gold Valor Award at the event.
In his introduction, Lt. Col. David C. “Chris” McMartin, AFJROTC teacher at The Woodlands High School, shared that on Saturday, May 14, 2016, Cadet Huskey was serving as a lifeguard for an annual Ironman Triathlon. During the race, he noticed a man struggling in the open water of the lake, and calling for help during the swimming portion of the event. Huskey took immediate action by jumping off his kayak and swimming to rescue the man who was roughly twice his own body weight. He risked his own life to grab the man, take him to a nearby kayak for assessment, and keep him safe and calm.
“Cadet Huskey voluntarily assumed great personal risk and demonstrated a level of bravery in keeping with Air Force Core Values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do,” stated McMartin.
The Gold Valor Award is the highest honor the AFJROTC can bestow upon a cadet and recognizes the most outstanding voluntary acts of self-sacrifice and personal bravery by a cadet involving conspicuous risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.
Lt. Col. Mary Catherine “Catie” Hague, Commander of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 003, University of Houston, presented Huskey with the AFJROTC Gold Valor Award consisting of a medal, ribbon, certificate, and a personal letter of congratulations from the AFJROTC National Director, Col. Bobby Woods.