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  • The Tivy High School Air Force Junior ROTC was established in 2006. JROTC is one of the best "Leadership Development Programs" available to high school students in America today. It is built on the Air Force Core Values of: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do. 

    JROTC is under the leadership of 

    John Apostolides, Lt. Col, USAF (Ret)

    Senior Aerospace Science Instructor

    Tivy High School - Air Force Junior ROTC

    830-257-2212  Ext 3615


    Lieutenant Colonel Apostolides is a 24-year active duty veteran of the United States Air Force. He is a Master Navigator with over 3,500 flying hours in the C-141B Starlifter, the C-5A/B Galaxy, T-43A Bobcat, and T-1A Jayhawk aircraft. He flew as an Evaluator and Instructor Navigator in the C-141B, C-5A/B and T-43A. He was an Instructor Combat Systems Officer and Electronic Warfare Instructor in the T-1A and T-25 EWO sim. Lt Col Apostolides served at the HQ Air Force Personnel Center, 21st Air Force and III Corps Staff at Fort Hood. Prior to coming to Tivy High School in July 2022, Lt Col Apostolides was the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor with Junior ROTC at Bethel High School, Spanaway, WA. Lt Col Apostolides is passionate about youth development, character development, and leadership education for our nation's youth. He is intentional and deliberate about transferring timeless principles from one generation of leaders to the next. Lt Col Apostolides resides in Kerrville, TX with his bride Alycia of more than 32 years. They have 3 daughters:  Audra, Sophia and Adahlyn. 

     JFROTC is under the leadership of Chief Master Sgt. (ret) Michael Galifaro. 

    Chief Galifaro

    Chief Master Sergeant (Retired) Michael V. Galifaro serves as the Air Force Junior Air Force Reserve Officer Corps (AFJROTC) Aerospace Science Instructor for TX- 20063 Tivy High School.  Chief Galifaro served as an AFJROTC Instructor at TX-20016 Cypress Springs High School, Cypress, Texas from August 2011- May 2019.  Chief Galifaro enlisted in the Air Force in 1978, at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.  He served as an Administrative Specialist until 1985, when he cross-trained into the Cost and Management Analysis career field.  In 1986, SMSgt Galifaro entered the Air Force Reserve through the Palace Chase program and entered Military Training Instructor School.  He has served in various functions as a reserve Military Training Instructor for 14 years and is fully qualified in all aspects of Basic Military Training.  Chief Galifaro served as the Training Superintendent for the 433rd Training Squadron Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.  He was responsible for coordinating the utilization of Air Force Reserve Military Training Instructors with the 737th Training Group, Basic Military Training.  He is certified to teach at Officers Training School, and served as the Training Superintendent for AFROTC for six years.  Chief Galifaro is an Air Education and Training Command Master Instructor, Master Military Training Instructor (Blue Rope), and has the distinction of having trained over 20,000 airmen and cadets.  CMSgt Galifaro is married to the former Cheryl Richie.  They have two children; Austin and Kimberly.