Established in 1971, CO-062 is the oldest continuing Air Force JROTC unit in Colorado. We began at the first Westminster High School, now known as Hidden Lake High School. Originally Westminster had two units; one at Ranum High School (CO-61) and the other at Hidden Lake High School (CO-062). In 1977 Ranum High School and Hidden Lake High School consolidated into one High School named Westminster High School. When the schools consolidated in 1977 so did the AFJROTC Units and we were designated as CO-062. A new state of the art high school building was dedicated in 2010 to prepare the over 2,300 high school students of Westminster Public Schools for the future.
Our unit patch was designed in 2003 by cadets in the unit. The mountains and blue skies denote Colorado, our Unit designation (CO-062) , school district (Westminster Public Schools), and the "Nighthawk" symbol (our Drill Team and Unit Mascot).
The objectives of JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship, promote community service, instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline, and provide instruction in air and space fundamentals.
Our program is grounded in the Air Force core values of Integrity First, Service before Self, and Excellence in all we do.
The Air Force Junior ROTC program is an elective course for the High School curriculum in Westminster Public Schools. Students from other school districts are eligible to enroll in AFJROTC and attend Westminster High School during the first (0700 - 0800) or last period (1:30 - 2:25). The class meets on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Out of district cadets will receive one elective credit for each year of AFJROTC they successfully complete.