ROTC Detachment Named Tops in Region
September 24, 2015
Angelo State University’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 847 has been named the 2015 High Flight winner as the top medium-sized detachment in the Southwest Region for the fifth time in the past nine years.
As the winner of the region, which includes 14 medium-sized detachments in 11 states from Mississippi to Hawaii, ASU’s 46-member detachment next will compete against winners of the three other regions in the AFROTC National Headquarters Right of Line competition in October.
Detachments are selected for the High Flight honor based upon the cadets’ university activities, community participation, military preparedness and success in meeting AFROTC goals in academics, fitness and retention. Texas A&M University’s detachment won in the Southwest Region’s large-sized category, while the University of Houston’s detachment was named the region’s best among small-sized detachments. ASU’s Detachment 847 previously won regional honors in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013.
“This award is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the cadre and staff working at the detachment,” said Lt. Col. Scott Partin, detachment commander since July. “It also highlights the effort, camaraderie and determination of our cadets.”
The detachment’s cadets are an important part of ASU’s traditions, building the annual Homecoming Bonfire and leading the Homecoming Parade and the ASU Veterans Day Vigil. The detachment also conducts an annual Junior ROTC Drill Meet for area high school programs. The cadet’s color guard supports more than 40 events in San Angelo, including the flag retreat at Fort Concho National Historic Landmark.
ASU cadets who successfully complete ROTC service are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force. Detachment 847 was formed in 1971.