The incredible journey of a JROTC director – Utah News

The incredible journey of a JROTC director – Utah News

Glenn Whicker reflects on his life in the U.S. Air Force as he retires from his position at Dixie High School

Some 55,000 feet above sea level during the final years of the Cold War, U.S. Air Force pilot Glenn Whicker’s engine “flamed out” on the U-2 spy plane he’d been flying near the North Korean border and he knew he was in trouble.

Whicker would later be honored for his quick thinking in bringing the plane to a safe landing at a South Korean airbase. He’d go on to participate in airborne reconnaissance around Kuwait during the first Gulf War’s “Operation Desert Storm,” then would be tasked with calling up reservists from the U.S. Strategic Command headquarters amid the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

After three assignments at the Pentagon, he made what he describes as the best career move of his life – he accepted a job as the first director of Dixie High School’s JROTC youth leadership program in Southern Utah.

But now, in a season when students leave school behind and the nation prepares Memorial Day tributes to its dear departed, the retired Air Force colonel is making a departure of his own, adding 11 years of interactions with…

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