DATE: July 25, 2007
Col. Lance Young, (864) 656-3254
Teresa C. Hopkins, (864) 656-1222
Clemson Air Force ROTC detachment named best in Southeast Region
CLEMSON – Clemson University's Air Force ROTC Detachment 770 Flyin' Tigers has been named the Most Outstanding Air Force ROTC Detachment in the Southeast Region. The honor, known as the High Flight Award, is presented each year to one detachment in each of three size categories of small, medium and large.
According to Col. Lance Young, the detachment competed for the first time this year in the large category. It competed against 39 detachments across nine states and Puerto Rico. Detachment 770 now moves forward to compete for the Right of Line Award which will be announced the first week in November, honoring the best detachment in the nation from among 144 detachments comprised of approximately 16,000 cadets.
The Flyin’ Tigers won the High Flight Award for demonstrating excellence in a variety of categories that include production, education and cadet activities, all designed to promote the military heritage of Clemson and maintain the integrity of the unit. The group’s activities include, among many others, Veteran’s Home visits, hosting the yearly Tiger Drill Meet for hundreds of JROTC cadets from five states, an annual POW/MIA recognition program, an annual Veteran’s Day program, an annual Pass-in-Review on Bowman Field, and co-sponsorship of the Military Appreciation Day event.
Col. Young cites teamwork, a 100 percent effort from each individual, and the unmatched environment for success provided by Clemson University and the local community as reasons for the recognition.
“It is an honor in itself for our cadets to be recognized at this level, but the most rewarding part is that these cadets are being recognized at this high level consistently, year in and year out,” Young said. “I don’t think this would be possible without all the outstanding support we receive from so many – the university, the community, Clemson Corps, Air Force Association and the students. This is a total ‘One Clemson’ effort.”
The Clemson Corps is a constituency group dedicated to continuing Clemson’s military heritage and developing other opportunities to commemorate the military history of the university. In addition, it aims to support Clemson’s Army and Air Force ROTC programs through annual scholarships and endowments.
To learn more about AFROTC Detachment 770 go to http://virtual.clemson.edu/groups/afrotc/.