SHS JROTC member awarded Legion of Valor

Published 6:52 pm Monday, October 17, 2022

Cadet Capt. Garrett Halle, a senior at Smithfield High  School, was recognized recently with the Legion of Valor Award for 2022. Halle serves as the battalion commander of the Smithfield JROTC Packer Battalion. The award was  presented to Halle by retired Lt. Col. Rich Rinaldo, a Distinguished Service Cross recipient.

Only one cadet in approximately 4,000 cadets participating in JROTC is honored with the award. Halle is a member of the SHS National Honor Society and the SHS Rifle Team. He was a member  of the Fort Leavenworth High School JROTC National Champion Raider Team twice and has received numerous awards, including the Special Forces Award of excellence and the Superior Cadet Award. He also served on the JROTC leadership, academic and drill teams.

During his junior year, Halle participated in various leadership opportunities, including the Senior Leader Experience at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, Virginia Boys State  and the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) at Virginia Tech. Halle is ranked in the top 7% of his class with a cumulative grade-point average of 4.33. After graduation, Halle plans to attend Brigham Young University on an ROTC scholarship and serve in the Army as an officer after earning his degree.

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