The Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement Award was presented to Army JROTC C/MAJ Destiny Williams. Williams is a 12th grade honor student at C.E. Murray High School. She is the granddaughter of Elizabeth Nelson and Rueben Taylor, and the daughter of Danielle Nelson and Dalvin Williams.
Williams has been a vital part of the War Eagle Battalion throughout her tenured in JROTC. She has held several leadership positions in JROTC such as Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant. She has participated in the JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl and a multiple attendee of the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge. She currently serves as the Battalion Executive Officer, where she supervises the battalion staff and ensures the directives of the battalion commander are carried out.
Williams is involved in many school clubs and extracurricular activities such as FBLA, JROTC, and Educators Rising. She is also a member of the Academic Challenge Team, the National Senior Beta Club, and the C.E. Murray High School Track Team. Her leadership abilities lead her to becoming the president of the student body government, and Spanish Club. She is also actively involved in her community through membership in the Williamsburg County Youth Leadership Group and the Williamsburg County 4-H Club. Currently, she holds the title of Miss Jabberwock under the Kingstree-Lake City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated.
After high school, Williams plans on pursuing an undergraduate degree in animal sciences through an ROTC program. Her ultimate career goal is to become a veterinarian and serve in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps.
The Legion of Valor had maintained a consistent interest in recognizing outstanding performance. In 1957, at the 67th National Reunion, The Legion of Valor created the Silver Cross for Valor and the Bronze Cross for Achievement. The Bronze Cross for Achievement program began on a limited scale in 1951, when the District of Columbia Chapter established an incentive program for excellence in the Washington High School Corps of Cadets.
Criteria for the award of the Bronze Cross for Achievement, has been developed by the Legion of Valor in conjunction with officials of the Army, Navy, and Air Force. In general, the standards of achievement are similar to those required for the award of the Army’s Superior Cadet Award and have been adopted by the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. The same standard prevail for all services. The only difference is that the Army awards one award for every 4,000 cadets during the last two years of the program and has adopted two awards per region for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force.