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May 2011

Release Date: May 3, 2011ASU Logo

Angelo State ROTC Honor Society Named Tops in Nation

Angelo State University’s Robert G. Carr Squadron of the Arnold Air Society (AAS) ROTC honor society received the Maryland Cup as the Outstanding Large Squadron at the annual AAS National Conclave April 22-26 in New York City.

Eight members of Angelo State’s AAS attended the conclave, where they were also presented the Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Cup, which is presented to the squadron operating the most outstanding candidate training program. The group’s former faculty advisor, Maj. Cody Whittington, was also named Outstanding Area Advisor for Area IX, which includes 15 AAS squadrons in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.

The Maryland Cup is sponsored by the Frank P. Lahm Squadron of the AAS at the University of Maryland. It is awarded to the outstanding squadron consisting of more than 25 active members. The winning squadron receives a plaque, and its members each receive a ribbon to be worn on their ROTC uniforms. ASU last won the award in 1998 when it was called the Hagan Trophy.

The LBJ Cup is sponsored by the Col. Andrew J. Dougherty Squadron of the AAS at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Squadrons are judged on their candidate training manuals, candidate training schedules and a synopsis of their program, including the size of the host university, size of the cadet wing, total number of candidates and total candidates initiated. ASU’s squadron last won the award in 1998.

Whittington, who recently left ASU for a civilian career, is the first ASU advisor to win the Outstanding Area Advisor Award.

ASU Arnold Air Society members who attended the conclave were Johnathon Avera, Mary Cooper, Aaron Dearick, Kyle Hamer, Adam King, Maureen Medina, Phillip Poundstone and Allysen Vance.

The Arnold Air Society is a professional, honorary service organization advocating the support of aerospace power. Formally affiliated with Air Force ROTC and the Air Force Association, AAS is available to all AFROTC and Air Force Academy cadets. High morals, physical fitness and a positive mental attitude form the foundation of the society. These characteristics enhance the officer candidate experience for cadets as well as build stronger leadership, organizational and professional skills.