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USAF Major General John Gordy II Visits MTES

Students at Manchester Township Elementary School could hardly contain their excitement as Major General John Gordy II, Commander, US Air Force Expeditionary Center, Joint Base MDL, visited their school on March 21, 2019. The two-star general, dressed in his flight suit uniform, spoke to students about his career and answered their eagerly asked questions.

"General Gordy spoke to our school community about his military adventures and how our Medal of Honor Traits come into play everyday in life. He talked about the traits of Sacrifice, Commitment, Courage, Integrity, Citizenship and Patriotism," said MTES Principal Linda Waldron, referring to the Medal of Honor character education program that the school participates in. "General Gordy also shared his love of flying and highlighted his favorite plane, a C-130. We learned about his adventures to all the Continents and how he has been to over 30 countries."

General Gordy presents coins to color guard

High School NJROTC cadets and the MTES Color Guard presented the colors to kick off the 'General' Assembly. A small group of students sang the national anthem beautifully after only a few minutes of practice.The NJROTC and color guard members had a chance to meet with the General before the assembly began. During the program, General Gordy surprised the MTES Color Guard members, presenting them with special coins that he said he gives to recognize good work. When the program was over, all of the fifth graders posed for a picture with the general for their yearbook.

5th grade group photo with the general

"It was a day we will always remember," said Mrs.. Waldron. "Thank you to all our parents, grandparents and community members who are currently serving or have served in the Military. We appreciate all the sacrifices you make for us and all that you have done to defend our freedom. You have truly made a difference to us. What a proud day for all MTES students!"