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Distinguished ROTC Alumnus: Maj. Orlando Lopez

After seven years in the enlisted ranks of the U.S. Air Force, Maj. Orlando Lopez decided it was high time he became an officer, which meant he needed to go to college.

  • Maj. Orlando Lopez
    Maj. Orlando Lopez

The Harlingen native chose Angelo State for its affordability and the stellar reputation of its Air Force ROTC program. It turned out to be a great choice as Lopez excelled as a cadet, winning the 2002 Outstanding Flight Award as captain of a flight of 25 cadets. As a cadet lieutenant colonel in 2003, he was the mission support group commander charged with organizing the detachment’s annual JROTC Drill Meet for Junior ROTC teams from area high schools.

“I want to thank Angelo State University for allowing me to mature and gain valuable experiences that I have carried with me since my graduation,” Lopez said, “and for the mentorship I received from the ROTC Detachment 847 Cadre.”

Lopez earned his bachelor’s degree in government and his Air Force commission as a second lieutenant in 2003. His current duty station is Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, where he is the deputy branch chief for Cyberspace Defensive Operations at Headquarters, Air Force Space Command. His many awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Joint Service Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters. He was also recently selected as 14th Air Force’s Field Grade Officer of the Year.

In recognition of his military accomplishments and service, the ASU Alumni Association has named Lopez its 2015 Distinguished ROTC Alumnus.

Lopez and his wife, Heather, have a son, Mateo, and a daughter, Lily.