CWUAir Force NewsAir Force Newshttp://www.cwu.edu/airforce/newsen-usCWU ROTC Battalions to Honor Founding of ROTC on Fridayhttp://www.cwu.edu/airforce/node/2499Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:31:38<p><img alt="" src="/airforce/sites/cts.cwu.edu.airforce/files/Cascade%20Cowboys%20Logo.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 281px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: right;">In recognition of the 100th anniversary of ROTC, Central Washington University’s award-winning Army and Air Force ROTC units are sponsoring a 100-mile run at Tomlinson Stadium on Friday, April 15.</p><p>“This is a way that we, as cadets, can show respect to the history of the Army ROTC and the military in general,” said CWU senior Joey Bauer, from Newcastle, Washington, who is an Army ROTC cadet helping coordinate the run.</p><p>More than 100 CWU Army and Air Force cadets are expected to participate. Members of the Junior ROTC from Yakima’s West Valley High School, and several area National Guard recruiters will take part as well.</p><p>In addition, CWU President James L. Gaudino, who is a United States Air Force veteran, is among the university administrators who will be on hand.</p><p>The event begins at 8:00 a.m. and is expected to take about four hours. Entrants will start their mile-long runs at two-minute intervals.</p><p>“Local community and student veterans are more than welcome to join in,” Bauer added. “They can run as individuals, buddy pairs or as part of a group.”</p><p>Those wanting to participate are asked to visit the sign-in table near the concessions stands at track.</p><p>Army ROTC is the American military’s largest officer-producing organization. It has commissioned more than 500,000 second lieutenants since its inception. CWU’s Army ROTC unit was established 35 years ago. CWU’s Air Force battalion has been on campus for 65 years.</p><p>The United States Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program was initiated with President Woodrow Wilson’s signing of the National Defense Act of 1916.</p><p>Media contact: Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487, loweryr@cwu.edu</p><p>April 14, 2016</p>CWU alumnus flies wounded veteranshttp://www.cwu.edu/airforce/node/2498Mon, 28 Dec 2015 07:44:03<p><img alt="" src="/airforce/sites/cts.cwu.edu.airforce/files/images/alumnus%20flies%20vets.jpg" style="width: 498px; height: 280px;"></p><p>Central Washington University [education and aerospace] alum and retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Richard “Dick” Iversen is helping post-9/11 wounded veterans travel easier by piloting free private flights with his longtime friend Jeff Hendricks.</p><p>Many of the wounded soldiers Iversen, 72, and Hendricks, fly are missing limbs, which makes travel through traditional airlines difficult. Through the work of Jeff-Air (named after Hendricks) and the Veterans Airlift Command, they are able to give wounded veterans a personal flight that accommodates their disabilities. There is no security to go through, and no one to tell them to rush or that they’re in the wrong seat.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="http://www.dailyrecordnews.com/members/cwu-alumnus-flies-wounded-veterans/article_8957c110-aa8e-11e5-a606-6b1e272b8a0a.html">Daily Record</a>.</p>CWU Air Force ROTC Flies High, Earns New Regional Honorhttp://www.cwu.edu/airforce/node/2497Mon, 19 Oct 2015 16:40:00<p><img alt="" src="/airforce/sites/cts.cwu.edu.airforce/files/Cascade%20Cowboys%20Logo.jpg" style="width: 245px; height: 250px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: right;">Central Washington University’s Detachment 895 is the top, medium-sized Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) in the Northwest Region.</p><p>The detachment was recently honored with the 2014-15 “Right of Line” award, which is given to the top detachment in each of the four AFROTC regions across the county.&nbsp;</p><p>The award, selected by the regional ROTC commander, is based on production, cadet activities, university and public relations, and recruitment and retention efforts. It is a reflection of the student-cadets and cadre’s professors, and the all-around excellence of the university.<br>&nbsp;<br>“This honor puts us in the top 10 percent of detachments nationwide,” says Lt. Col. Richard Warr, the CWU detachment commander. “Everybody worked very hard last year and put in a very good effort. We definitely earned it and I am very pleased and happy to see this recognition.”<br>&nbsp;<br>Warr says the decision to apply for the award came following a national inspection of the CWU unit late in 2014, at which time Central’s program was found to meet—and exceed—all national ROTC standards. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>“We had a great recruiting class last year,” Warr points out, as among the detachments 2014-15 noteworthy achievements. “We were also able to send a lot of cadets to field training this summer, where they performed well, and we had others cadets selected for pilot training.”<br>&nbsp;<br>That included June graduate, 2nd. Lt. <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/cwu-student-selected-elite-military-pilot-training-program" target="_blank">Slava Ulanovskiy</a>, from Monroe, who was tabbed as one of just 51 candidates, from 143 air force detachments nationwide, for the prestigious Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program. Through it, he will become one of the world’s elite military pilots.<br>&nbsp;<br>In addition, the local chapter of the Arnold Air Society, a national community-service organization comprised of CWU Air Force ROTC cadets, hosted the Area XI conference, which was attended of more than 150 people from the five-state area.<br>&nbsp;<br>“The national staff had a lot of good things to say about our cadets,” Warr adds. “They were elected to be the area staff for this year for the good things they did.”<br>&nbsp;<br>The AFROTC also helped initiate a new competition involving CWU, along with the detachments at the University of Washington and Washington State University, to showcase the talents of the cadets from the three institutions.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>As students within CWU’s<a href="http://www.cwu.edu/education-professional-studies/" target="_blank"> College of Education and Professional Studies</a>, AFROTC cadets earn minors in aerospace studies as a part of their military coursework. Those completing all phases of the program are commissioned United States Air Force second lieutenants.<br>&nbsp;<br>“I feel that we are producing some outstanding officers and I’m proud of every one of them,” Warr notes. “We’re training a lot more that are going to do great as well.”<br>&nbsp;<br>Of the approximately 85 cadets now enrolled in the rigorous CWU academic program, 45 percent made the university dean’s list during the 2014-15 academic year.<br>&nbsp;<br>Detachment 895 now will be judged against the other three regional winners for the national “Right of Line” award. It will be announced later this month at the national ROTC Commanders Conference at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala. Warr will be among those attending the conference.<br>&nbsp;<br>“To say anything more than we have a 25 percent chance is just pure speculation on our part,” Warr admits, pertaining to winning the national award. “But we have a shot.”<br>&nbsp;<br>Right of Line is military parlance for the top performing squadron which, during parade formation, is always placed at the front right position. AFROTC is the largest and oldest source of commissioned officers for the U.S. Air Force. CWU’s detachment was initiated in 1951.<br>&nbsp;<br><strong>Media contact:&nbsp;</strong>Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,&nbsp;loweryr@cwu.edu&nbsp;</p><p>October 19, 2015</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Future Air Force Leaders from CWU Learn of Fairchild's Missionhttp://www.cwu.edu/airforce/node/2496Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:30:44<p>One week ago, 39 Central Washington University Air Force ROTC cadets took part in a base visitation to Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane. The CWU contingent was led by Lt. Col. Richard L. Warr, aerospace studies professor and department chair and commander of Detachment 895, known as the Cascade Cowboys, and Capt. Amber Johnson, assistant CWU professor and operations flight commander.</p><p><br>Read this <a href="http://www.fairchild.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123445774">article</a> about the visit.</p><p><img alt="" src="/airforce/sites/cts.cwu.edu.airforce/files/CWU%20students%20at%20Fairchild-web.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 322px;"></p></br>2015 Air Force ROTC Dining-Out & Commissioning Ceremonyhttp://www.cwu.edu/airforce/node/2494Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:08:48<p>On Saturday/13 June 2015, Central Washington University's Air Force ROTC Detachment 895 "Cascade Cowboys" will host the 2015 Air Force ROTC Dining-Out &amp; Commissioning Ceremony at 5:00 p.m., CWU Student Union Ballroom.</p><p>This event consists of a formal military program with a special guest speaker, catered served dinner, slide show and commissioning ceremony.</p><p>We are scheduled to commission seventeen (17) graduating seniors/commissionees.&nbsp; These individuals will take the Military Oath of Office and be sworn in as Second Lieutenants in the United States Air Force.</p><p>Dress:&nbsp; Formal/Evening Wear (Military--Mess or Service Dress and Civilian--Formal or Business Attire).</p><p>*NOTE:&nbsp; Ticket reservations are required; deadline is 29 May 2015.</p><p>For more details--contact Kendra Sterkel, Program Coordinator at (509) 963-2314.</p>3rd Annual Joint Military Ballhttp://www.cwu.edu/airforce/node/2491Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:45:49<p>The 3rd Annual Joint Military Ball will be hosted by the Arnold Air Society and CWU Wildcat Battalion on Saturday, 14 March 2015 at 5:00 p.m.&nbsp; It will be held at the Kittitas Valley Event Center, Teanaway Hall.&nbsp; This is a formal military event full of traditions and customs, receiving line, catered dinner, guest speaker, photographer and dancing.&nbsp; Attendees will be in Military uniforms and beautiful dresses/gowns. Ticket Reservations are required by NLT 20 February 2015.&nbsp; For further details--contact Kendra Sterkel, Program Coordinator at (509) 963-2314.</p>27th Annual CWU Air Force & Army ROTC Presidential Day Retreat and Awards Presentationhttp://www.cwu.edu/airforce/node/2490Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:24:04<p>The 27th 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, 15 May 2015, CWU 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; Over 88+ ROTC Cadet Awards and Scholarships will be presented.&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>Airman and Alumnus McAfee to Help Kick Off Striker Trident Programhttp://www.cwu.edu/airforce/node/2489Mon, 04 Aug 2014 15:22:25<p><img alt="" src="/airforce/sites/cts.cwu.edu.airforce/files/images/USAF%20logo.jpg" 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="http://www.malmstrom.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123417137">Malmstrom Air Force Base here</a>.<br>&nbsp;</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br>Eleven Air Force ROTC Graduates Will Take The Military Oath of Officehttp://www.cwu.edu/airforce/node/2488Fri, 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; sterkelk@cwu.edu.</p>Tradition Lives On Through The Joint Military Ballhttp://www.cwu.edu/airforce/node/2487Fri, 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>