By Nick Nunn staff writer
Morgan County High School (MCHS) senior Dillon Riedlinger has been accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Cadet Colonel Riedlinger is a fourth-year cadet of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer’ Training Corps (AFJROTC) and currently Group Commander of MCHS’ GA-945 Bulldog Group. “[Riedlinger] has worked hard the last four years preparing for West Point,” said Major Robert Atkins, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor for the GA-945 Bulldog Group. “He has progressed in rank in AFJROTC from an Enlisted Cadet in his first year to becoming a Cadet Officer after attending AFJROTC Summer Leadership School in the summer of 2011.” Riedlinger then served as a Flight and Squadron Commander before being selected at the Group Commander, which placed him as the highest ranking cadet in the group, over 104 other cadets. Atkins stated that the last appointee to one of the United States Service Academies took place approximately ten years ago. “He has accomplished this feat with a lot of help from a lot of people,” continued Atkins. “I hope AFJROTC has helped him achieve this goal by giving him leadership opportunities.” “GA-945 Bulldog Group is a distinguished unit of AFJROTC cadets, dedicated to serving their nation and community. We are a citizenship course with hopes of developing core values of integrity, service, and excellence in high school students through an honor code, creed, academics, and multiple service opportunities.” “I believe Dillon is a fine example of what this cadet corps stands for and strives to become in service to MCHS, Morgan County, Georgia, and our great country. We are proud of who Dillon has become as a great representative of Morgan County.” Atkins stated that Riedlinger will participate in a signing in March, which will be attended by United States Representative Paul Broun.