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July 2007

Release Date: July 27, 2007

ASU’s AFROTC Unit Named Southwest Region’s Best in Class

Angelo State University’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 847 has been named the top medium detachment in the 11-state Southwest Region and will advance to the national Headquarters AFROTC Right of Line competition later this year.

Detachments are selected for the honor based upon their university activities, community participation, military preparedness and success in meeting AFROTC goals in academics, fitness, retention and a variety of other areas. Although a detachment’s primary responsibility is to graduate and commission cadets as Air Force officers, Detachment 847 remains active on campus and in the community.

“There is no harder working, more professional detachment in AFROTC,” said Col. Mike Buck, who assumed command of Detachment 847 on June 4. “I have mentioned to several people how proud I was to be given command of this particular detachment. This award just shows how good they are!”

ASU’s detachment was selected from among those at 36 universities in the Southwest Region as the best medium-sized detachment. The Southwest Region is composed of Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Tennessee. The University of Houston was named best small detachment and Texas A&M University was recognized as the best large detachment in the Southwest Region.

The ASU detachment’s two-page, single-spaced nomination listed dozens of accomplishments over the last two years. Those accomplishments included commissioning 28 cadets during that period, including eight cadets who went on to flight training and another six ASU seniors scheduled for flight training after graduation next year. Additionally, the detachment’s program targeted diversity in recruiting and increased minority enrollment 50 percent to bring minority representation to 33 percent of the total cadet corps.

The unit’s revised physical fitness program resulted in a four-point increase in the average scores on physical fitness testing and doubled the unit’s number of physical fitness awards. Additionally, the detachment recorded one of the highest graduation rates of any student organization on campus.

University and community service projects included teaming with the VFW to construct an Iraq War memorial for local fallen heroes, overseeing the ASU Homecoming bonfire, providing the color guard for numerous athletic and special events and organizing tailgating parties prior to home ASU football games.

Detachment 847 was founded in 1971 and expects to enroll approximately 90 students during the upcoming academic year. Results of the national Right of Line competition will be announced in late October.

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