CWUAir Force NewsAir Force News and Alumnus McAfee to Help Kick Off Striker Trident Program, 04 Aug 2014 15:22:25<p><img alt="" src="/airforce/sites/" style="width: 225px; height: 225px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Nuclear and Missile Operations officers within Air Force Global Strike Command have a new avenue of professional development available through the Command's new Striker Trident program.</span></p><p>One of the first 13Ns selected for the program is CWU alumnus Capt. Patrick McAfee, 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana.</p><p>McAfee graduated <em>cum laude</em> from CWU in June 2006. He earned a bachelor of science degree in biology with a general biology specialization and an aerospace studies minor. McAfee was an Air Force Detachment 895 Commissionee in spring quarter 2006.&nbsp; He earned the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps' Distinguished Graduate Award on June 10, 2014.</p><p>At Space and Missile Training School, he graduated as the Top Cadet in his class. His first assignment was at Minot Air Force Base, North&nbsp;Dakota. His hometown is Clinton, WA.&nbsp; His parents are CDMR (Ret) and Mrs. William (Diane) McAfee, United States Navy.</p><p>Striker Trident is an Air Force - Navy exchange program that supports professional development of company grade officers trained and qualified in similar nuclear deterrence missions, according to a memorandum of understanding between Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, AFGSC commander, and Vice Admiral Michael J. Connor, Commander, Submarine Forces.</p><p>"The idea for an intercontinental ballistic missile/submarine-launched ballistic missile officer exchange program has been around for decades, but never came to fruition," Brig. Gen. Michael Fortney, AFGSC director of operations, said. "The recent ICBM Force Improvement Program highlighted the merits of such an exchange to Lt. Gen. Wilson and Maj. Gen. Weinstein, 20th Air Force commander, and they agreed. General Wilson then engaged his counterpart in the Navy, and six weeks later we were selecting candidates."</p><p>Competition for this new program was tough, and 13 candidates were submitted to the 13N development team, which ultimately selected the participants. Capt. John Mayer, 20th Air Force at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, is also one of the first 13Ns selected.</p><p>Read more of this story from <a href="">Malmstrom Air Force Base here</a>.<br>&nbsp;</p>Eleven Air Force ROTC Graduates Will Take The Military Oath of Office, 23 May 2014 19:02:07<p>On Saturday/June 14th, we are commissioning eleven Air Force ROTC Graduating Seniors.&nbsp; They will take the Military Oath of Office and be sworn in as newly Second Lieutenants in the United States Air Force.</p><p>This annual event is commemorating the "60th Anniversary" of CWU Air Force ROTC Detachment 895 Dining-Out and Commissioning Ceremony.&nbsp;</p><p>This year's guest speaker is Brigadier General Paul Gruver, United States Air Force with the Air National Guard at Camp Murray, WA.</p><p>It will be held at the CWU Student Union Ballroom at 5:00 p.m., ticket reservations are required.&nbsp; Deadline is: Saturday, 31 May 2014.&nbsp;</p><p>For further details, please contact Ms. Kendra Sterkel, Program Coordinator at (509) 963-2314 or by email address:&nbsp;</p>Tradition Lives On Through The Joint Military Ball, 23 May 2014 18:22:08<p>Military uniforms, beautiful dresses, gourmet dinners, and one fun night can all be summed up into one name: Military Ball.&nbsp; Every year, Central Washington University’s Arnold Air Society and CWU Wildcat Battalion host a Military Ball for their cadets and guests.&nbsp; This formal event is not unique to CWU, in fact, the origins of Military Ball can be traced back to 1895.</p><p>During a Military Ball attendees honor Prisoners of War and Soldiers Missing in Action, give toasts to military leaders, and uphold traditional military customs.&nbsp; Once the receiving line has been introduced, the opening remarks given, and the tributes paid, people have their choice at several gourmet meals and begin dinner.&nbsp; This is followed by a guest speaker who usually shares their advice on how to smoothly transition into the leadership roles cadets are about to assume.&nbsp; Once the speeches have been made and all of the meals are concluded, cadets and their guests can take formal pictures with each other and are invited to show off their moves on the dance floor.&nbsp;</p><p>This is an awesome opportunity for cadets because it is important for them to experience these events before becoming Active Duty, and at the same time it’s an exciting evening filled with great music and dancing that’s great for relieving stress.&nbsp;</p><p>On 12 April 2014, Arnold Air Society and CWU Wildcat Battalion hosted the 2nd Annual Joint Military Ball. The night was filled with laughter, camaraderie, and friendship. Attendees enjoyed catered food, a cash bar, a photographer, and a dance floor!&nbsp; There were a total of 198 attendees, both civilian and ROTC. The honorary guest speaker, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Feltey, gave an outstanding speech concerning not only the transition to active duty life, but also overall tips for outstanding military leadership.</p><p>In conclusion, Military Ball is a lasting tradition of the US Military. It’s important to sustain our heritage and continually push our roots deeper and deeper throughout the span of time.</p>Detachment 895 Tried Their Luck At Intramual Sports, 23 May 2014 18:08:50<p>This Spring, Detachment 895 decided to try its luck at intramural sports. Our very own AFROTC cadets led by Cadet First Lieutenant Vyacheslav Ulanovskiy created an Air Force ROTC Volleyball Team named “The Spike Eagles.” According to Cadet Ulanovskiy, as of April 25th the Spike Eagles have a record of 2-2; which puts them in position to potentially make the playoffs. When asked why he thinks joining an Intramural Volleyball Team can be important to an Air Force ROTC cadet he replied with, “It is a great sport to build teamwork, trust, and communication. It is a team sport and we learn something about ourselves every single game we play.” Cadet Ulanovskiy went on to say that after the last game they played it was apparent that individual and team skills improved, and although they lost their last game, it was a close one. Playing Intramural Volleyball gives the cadets a chance to kick back and have some fun together by playing and practicing.</p><p>The Strike Eagles are also causing a splash around campus with their Intramural Softball skills. Led by Cadet Second Lieutenant Rhees, this team is undefeated with a record of 3-0. Quite an impressive record, but not as impressive as the team dynamics that go into inner workings of the group. Cadet Rhees was quoted saying “the whole team really works well together, we all realize it’s a team sport and are always helping each other out.”</p><p>The Spike Eagles and the Strike Eagles let students around campus see our cadets working together and may spark some interest in our program. The Spike Eagles play Mondays and Wednesdays from 2045 to 2130 and the Strike Eagles play Sundays at 1300 or 1400.</p>Air Force & Army ROTC Programs Held Annual Flag Football Game, 10 Dec 2013 19:00:04<p>Central Washington University's Air Force and Army ROTC held their Annual Flag Football Game outside of Nicholson Pavilion on 8 November 2013.</p><p>It was a frigid Fall afternoon; but spirits remained high.&nbsp; Both teams displayed incredible teamwork and talent as they captured every yard/touchdown/field goal.</p><p>The last half of the game was especially intense!&nbsp; The Air Force Team was passing the ball well and consistently scoring.&nbsp; Army was also making their presence known.&nbsp; Each team played exceptionally well!</p><p>However, both teams were getting extremely tired and cold by the end of fourth quarter.&nbsp; Yet, Army's offense seemed to gain some momentum keeping Air Force's defense at bay.&nbsp; Then suddenly, Air Force got their second wind.&nbsp; They caught several interceptions and gained control of the game.&nbsp; The crowd went wild as the two rivals fought for crucial yardage.&nbsp; What a game?!&nbsp; Final Score:&nbsp; Air Force 33 - Army 26.&nbsp; Air Power!!</p><p>Both teams immediately lined up to congratulate one another for playing an awesome flag football game.&nbsp; Later, they posed for a group photo to commemorate this great tradition.</p><p>For more details--contact Kendra Sterkel at (509) 963-2314.</p>26th Annual CWU Air Force & Army ROTC Presidential Day Retreat and Awards Presentation, 10 Dec 2013 17:52:33<p>The 26th Annual Presidential Day Retreat (PDR) and Awards Presentation is one of the joint events hosted by Central Washington University's Air Force and Army ROTC programs.&nbsp; This military event will be held on Friday, 16 May 2014, Tomlinson Stadium and Football Field at 1:00 p.m.&nbsp; The Air Force and Army ROTC units will hold a full military-style parade to honor the support from the university, local and national societies/organizations representatives.&nbsp; Dr. James Gaudino is scheduled as a guest speaker.&nbsp; An informal reception will be held immediately following the proceedings.&nbsp; This event is open to the public.&nbsp; For more details--contact Kendra Sterkel, Program Coordinator at (509) 963-2314.</p>CWU Preparation, Federal Plan Reduce Government Shutdown Effects on Students, 01 Oct 2013 11:51:34<p>October 1, 2013</p><p>ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Rapid processing of federal financial aid and federal contingency plans will protect students at Central Washington University from the most extreme effects of the shutdown of the federal government. The failure of Congress to approve a continuing budget resolution by midnight last night will disrupt the operation of federal programs, including agencies and programs that fund higher education research and many student assistance programs.</p><p>"In preparation for the imminent shutdown, CWU requested reimbursement for all federal awards that had incurred costs. However, we can only be reimbursed for funds we've spent," explained Connie Williams, associate vice president for Business and Financial Affairs. "We've received payment for about 83 percent of what has and will be spent in the next few weeks. We'll cover the remaining 17 percent until Congress agrees on a budget."</p><p>Last week CWU received a memo from US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) outlining the contingency plan for the US Department of Education (DOE) in the event of a government shutdown. The memo said work required to process Pell Grants and subsidized and unsubsidized student loans will continue as normal. Federal employees necessary to support those functions are among the agency's top priorities.</p><p>Federal reimbursements to CWU received so far total about $13.7 million in federal loans and $70,000 for the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), a federal assistance grant reserved for college students with the greatest financial need. As of close of business yesterday, the last day of the federal fiscal year, Williams said about $5 million in loan packages had been offered to, but not officially accepted by, students. If the aid is accepted within the next week, CWU may have to cover those payments until Congress approves a budget.</p><p>Of the total Pell grant funding of $5.5 million, CWU has allocated and received federal payment for about $4 million. Williams said CWU also will hold Pell recipients harmless from the effects of the government shutdown.</p><p>"The bottom line is that students, who were awarded and have accepted federal financial grants and loans by September 30, should not be affected by the federal government shut down," said Williams.&nbsp;</p><p>CWU federal research and non-research funding also may be affected, because reimbursement requests for other grants and contracts are typically processed after September 30, the last day of the federal fiscal year. Funding processing may be suspended until a continuing resolution is approved. The university will be able to submit requests for new awards, but they will not be processed until a new continuing resolution is adopted.</p><p>CWU already has received federal funding for the 2013-2014 school year for the McNair Scholars program, the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), Higher Education Program (HEP), Student Support Services (SSS), and for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant, which prepares more than 2,000 middle school students in central Washington for success in college.</p><p>However, CWU’s Army ROTC program received a direct hit. Government Services employees had to be furloughed, which will delay books, tuition, room and board and monthly stipends for cadets, since appropriate paperwork cannot be processed. The program is working with the university to avoid any adverse affects on students.</p><p>At this time there is no information on any impact to veteran’s programs through CWU’s Veterans Center.</p><p>Under the contingency plan of the DOE, 90 percent of employees would be immediately furloughed. During the first week of a shutdown the agency would maintain only functions related to the discharge of the duties of presidentially-appointed, senate-confirmed individuals; the protection of life and property; and, as appropriate, the obligation, payment, and support of student financial aid as well as other pre-authorized payments and obligations.</p><p>A shutdown lasting longer than a week, could affect the processing of student loans/grants and payments. Programs using mandatory or multi-year funding from a prior year would continue to operate through a government shutdown, though likely at a slower rate with far fewer employees. The text of the full OMB Contingency Plan may be accessed at: <a href=""></a></p><p><br>Media Contact: Linda Schactler, Executive Director of Public Affairs, 509-963-1384</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, <a href=""></a></p>The IG is Coming!, 05 Sep 2013 11:42:26<p>Any military person will recognize the letters IG (Inspector General) and some will flinch and some will simply say ”Bring it!”&nbsp; The Inspector General has the task of ensuring all units are complying with established guidance and regulations.&nbsp; This act can be dreadful to some and motivating to others.&nbsp; “It boils down to whether or not you know the rules, you are obeying the rules and whether you exceed the rules by having a dynamic program” stated Major Wilson, Director of Operations.&nbsp; The team will be at the detachment from 10-11 October.&nbsp; During this time they will examine cadet records, finances, recruiting and possibly 80 other programs that the staff is responsible for.&nbsp; “We’re excited that they are coming and we hope to impress their team with our past accomplishments” says Lt Col Densley, Det 895 Commander.</p>90+ to Start the New School Year, 05 Sep 2013 11:42:11<p>This is an all time high for Detachment 895 Air Force ROTC at CWU.&nbsp; Three years ago the detachment hit 80+ but 90+ hasn’t been seen since the 50’s when ROTC was mandated for the first two years of college. Is this increase a sign of a flat economy or is it that many are stepping to the call of serving their country?&nbsp; Last year’s poll of incoming Freshmen tends to show that patriotism is the real motivation for joining.&nbsp; Another surprising fact is 90% come from the west side of the state.&nbsp; When Major Wilson recruits, he likes to point out there are 3 detachments in the state since most of the students in Central Washington will most likely go to a different detachment just to get away from home. Another pleasant surprise is the female to male ratio.&nbsp; Last year they saw a 29% female stat and this year they are seeing the same.&nbsp; This is above the national average for ROTC and 10% above the active duty female officer demographic as well (2011).</p>Nineteen Complete Field Training, 05 Sep 2013 11:41:39<p>In the searing humid heat of the Alabama summer, at Maxwell Air Force Base, a gathering of approx 2,000 Air Force ROTC cadets from all across the United States embarked on a grueling 4 weeks of being tested mentally, physically and emotionally.&nbsp; The high stress environment and long 18 hour days can prove to be a challenge to most cadets. To complete Field Training means you’ve crossed a significant milestone in becoming an officer in the US Air Force.&nbsp;</p><p>Detachment 895 Air Force ROTC at CWU recently sent their highest number of cadets to Field Training and 19 finished the program successfully.&nbsp; “During the four years since I’ve been here at CWU, we’ve&nbsp; never had this many complete the training.&nbsp; This is a good problem to have.&nbsp; I believe the quality of cadets has improved and we’re going to see more and more finish the program and become second lieutenants” said Major Wilson, the Recruiting Flight Commander.</p><p>When asked what the experience was like, several cadets have made the comment, “That was the most fun I never want to have again.”</p>