Release Date: Oct. 21, 2009
Angelo State ROTC Unit to Host Special Visitors
Angelo State University’s ROTC Detachment 847 will host some of the U.S. Air Force’s most recognizable figures for a series of events in conjunction with ASU Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, Oct. 31.
On Wednesday, Oct. 28, retired Brig. Gen. Richard Stephen “Steve” Ritchie, the only Air Force “Ace” of the Vietnam War, will visit the ASU campus. He will address the ROTC Cadet Corps during its weekly Leadership Lab at 3 p.m. in Room 100 of the Math-Computer Science Building, 2200 Dena Dr. He will speak about his Vietnam experiences as well as officer leadership.
Then, on Oct. 31, the ROTC unit will host the Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team from Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. The 16-member Drill Team will perform at halftime of the ASU Rams football game against Tarleton State, which begins at 6 p.m. at San Angelo Stadium. After making several other stops at bases in Abilene and San Antonio, the Honor Guard will return to ASU on Wednesday, Nov. 4, to perform for the ROTC Leadership Lab at 3 p.m.
Ritchie is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and flew 339 combat missions in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Air Force Cross, the second highest Air Force military decoration, and also holds the Silver Star with three oak leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross with nine oak leaf clusters and the Air Force Air Medal with 25 oak leaf clusters. He is the only U.S. pilot ever to shoot down five enemy MIG-21 fighters, a series of feats he accomplished in 1972 flying his F-4 Phantom II for the 555th “Triple Nickel” Tactical Fighter Squadron out of Thailand.
The Drill Team is the traveling component of the Air Force Honor Guard and tours bases worldwide to showcase the precision of today’s Air Force. Airmen of every enlisted rank and officers are competitively selected from more than 45 different Air Force career fields to make the Honor Guard the standard of discipline and military professionalism. Angelo State ROTC alum Maj. Tyson Willis is the group’s director of operations.
For more information, contact the Angelo State ROTC Office at 942-2036.