Develop the best Air Force leaders and citizens of character dedicated to serving the nation.
Cultivate a culture and environment of continuous learning, enthusiasm, pride and tradition.
Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps
Air Force ROTC is the largest and oldest source of commissioned officers for the Air Force. The organization's mission is to produce leaders for the Air Force. AFROTC is located on 145 college and university campuses, with over 1,025 additional schools participating in cross-town agreements that allow their students to attend AFROTC classes at an area host school. This program commissions approximately 2,000 second lieutenants each year.
The Air Force ROTC Program is designed to recruit, educate and commission officer candidates through college campus programs based on Air Force requirements. AFROTC has four programs in which enlisted personnel may pursue a commission: Scholarships for Outstanding Airmen to ROTC, Airman Scholarship and Commissioning Program, Airmen Education and Commissioning Program and Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program.
Air Force ROTC Detachment 820 traces its roots back to the beginnings of ROTC, when in 1923, Texas Technical College was formed. An active Army ROTC program was in place until 1951, when after the creation of the United States Air Force, Air Force ROTC was split from Army ROTC at the school. Air Force ROTC Detachment 820 is a two-time winner of the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and two-time winner of the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award. The detachment, as of this writing, has generated 59 commissioning classes, consisting of over 1,200 commissions granted to men and women who have gone on to lead in the U.S. Air Force.
The detachment’s alumni include six general officers. Another alumnus was Colonel Rick Husband, NASA astronaut and 1980 AFROTC Det 820 graduate, who perished in the space shuttle Columbia accident 1 Feb 03. Colonel Husband served as an instructor pilot and academic instructor at various institutions as well as an exchange test pilot for the Royal Air Force in England. He logged more than 3,800 hours of flight time in more than 40 different types of aircraft.