Air Force ROTC at IU (Det 215)

This page is jointly managed by the Information Management, Public Affairs, Community Relations, and Recruiting Flights of the Detachment 215 Cadet Wing.

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Operating as usual

Photos from Air Force ROTC at IU (Det 215)'s post 12/10/2021

This week’s #featurefriday cadet is AS 300 Cadet Elizabeth Gabel, the Public Affairs Officer for this semester. Cadet Gabel is a Computational Linguistics major pursuing a combined BS/MS at Indiana University. She is still uncertain of her desired AFSC, but is interested in Intelligence or Cyber.

Q: What is your wing position, and what do you do?
A: I am Public Affairs, or PA. I take photos at LLABs and all AFROTC events, create content for and manage the detachment’s social media, and edit and compile the monthly newsletter.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I enjoy reading, writing, horseback riding, swimming, and singing. I am on the IU Hunt Seat Equitation team and a member of TEDxIndianaUniversity.

Q: What is your favorite AFROTC memory?
A: My favorite memory from AFROTC is probably our final LLAB of the semester. We played games and ate food, and it was an amazing way to celebrate how much all of our cadets grew over the course of this semester.

Q: What are you most excited about for next semester?
A: I can’t wait to see all of the returning GMC and new 150s! I hope they’ll come back ready to learn, and I’m excited to see them all continue to improve as cadets!

#det215 #afrotc #rotc #iu #iupui #butleruniversity

Photos from Air Force ROTC at IU (Det 215)'s post 12/03/2021

This #featurefriday we feature Cadet Griffin Finchum, an AS 300 in our program. This semester he is the Operations Support Squadron Commander. He is a Criminal Justice Major with a Chemistry Minor. Cadet Finchum hopes to become either a Combat Systems Officer (CSO) in the US Air Force or a Space Operations Officer in the US Space Force.

Q: What is your wing position, and what do you do?
A: I am currently the Operations Support Squadron Commander which means I’m in charge of making sure PT and DNC are run well, luckily that’s easy because the people under me are so good at their job. Also I’m in charge of the flag schedule and recordings scores for official written cadet assessments.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I am currently in IU’s all male a capella group Another Round so my weeknights are often spent at rehearsal. Also feel free to come to our show next Friday! Tickets are on our website.

Q: What is your favorite AFROTC memory?
A: My favorite AFROTC memory was probably Night To Shine my freshman year. That was so much fun!

Q: What are you most excited about this semester?
A: I think the thing I am most excited about for this semester is it being done. Mostly because then I get to go see my mom’s new dog Dexter the Maltese and he is just the cutest thing ever.

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Photos from Air Force ROTC at IU (Det 215)'s post 12/01/2021

On Dec 17th, 1998, the US launched a series of airstrikes on Iraq. These strikes were justified by Iraq’s failure to comply with UN Security Council resolutions and for Iraq’s interference with UN inspectors searching for weapons of mass destruction. Ultimately, they were part of a larger series of sanctions and military interventions between Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Operation Desert Fox was designed to degrade the Iraqi military’s ability to manufacture and use weapons of mass destruction. Over the four-day operation, several first-time events for the military were realized. US Navy Aircraft launched from the USS Enterprise marked the first time women flew combat sorties as Navy pilots. Operation Desert Fox also saw the combat debut of the B-1B, which had sat out Desert Storm as it underwent a massive conversion from a nuclear bomber to a conventional-only aircraft. Additionally, 12 B-52s flying from Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean would launch a total of 74 air-launched cruise missiles on the second night of the operation.

In all, the 70-hour campaign saw the combined US and British airstrikes hitting 97 targets, 85% of the planned targets. It took 600 sorties and 300 aircraft.

#historytuesday #afrotc #airforce

Photos from Air Force ROTC at IU (Det 215)'s post 11/29/2021

Here are the rest of Detachment 215’s Seniors, who have officially received their AFSCs! We are thrilled for all of our AS400s, and can’t wait to see what they do next!

In order of appearance:

Cadet Green: 14N; Intelligence Officer
Cadet Hawkins: 13N; Nuclear and Missile Operations Officer
Cadet Pike: 15A; Operations Research Analyst
Cadet Bisariya: 13S; Space Operations Officer (Space Force)
Cadet Yetsko: 63A; Acquisitions Officer (Space Force)

#AirForce #AFROTC #det215 #iu #iupui #butleruniversity

Photos from Air Force ROTC at IU (Det 215)'s post 11/29/2021

Detachment 215’s Seniors have all officially received their AFSCs! We are thrilled for all of our AS400s, and can’t wait to see what they do next!

Here are six of our seniors receiving their AFSCs!

In order of appearance:

Cadet Brady: 92T0; Student Pilot
Cadet Rhodes: 92T0; Student Pilot
Cadet Miranda: 92T1; Student CSO
Cadet Jacquay: 92T3; Student RPA Pilot
Cadet Jobe: 13H; Aerospace Physiologist
Cadet Bohnert: 17D; Cyberspace Operations Officer

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Photos from Air Force ROTC at IU (Det 215)'s post 11/19/2021

This week’s #featurefriday cadet is Cadet Jack Bilkey, an AS 200 in our Program. This semester he serves as one of our Supply Officers. Currently a Law and Public Policy major, Cadet Bilkey hopes to become a Pilot or Flight Physician.

Q: What is your wing position, and what do you do?
A: My current wing position falls under the Logistics Readiness Squadron. I am one of our supply officers, which means I assist with all operations at the MPC. Some examples are keeping inventory, sizing cadets for uniforms, and keeping the MPC clean. On top of that we help to check out any and all supplies needed for AFROTC. We make sure the detachment has anything it may need.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I enjoy hunting, fishing, going for long drives, working on my car, and going for a range day for some target practice with friends.

Q: What is your favorite AFROTC memory?
A: My favorite ROTC memory has to be the paintball GLPs. They are always a fun way to practice leadership in a high energy environment with a lot going on. Specifically last year my flight was being shot at by POC and I hit one of our POC in the face with a paintball. We all got a pretty good laugh out of that!

Q: What are you most excited about this semester?
A: This semester I am very excited for two things, one being getting to hear what AFSCs the seniors were assigned, as well as the awards ceremony at the end of the year. I am hoping Bravo Flight can secure Honor and Warrior flight for this semester!

#det215 #afrotc #rotc #iu #iupui #butleruniversity

11/18/2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our recruitment event yesterday! If you couldn't make it, don't worry, we will continue to advertise future events on our social media. You can also visit our website https://afrotc.indiana.edu/ to learn more about us!

#afrotc #det215

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our recruitment event yesterday! If you couldn't make it, don't worry, we will continue to advertise future events on our social media. You can also visit our website https://afrotc.indiana.edu/ to learn more about us!

#afrotc #det215

Photos from Air Force ROTC at IU (Det 215)'s post 11/16/2021

On Nov 1st, 1943, Fifteenth Air force was established in Tunis, Tunisia, under the command of General Jimmy Doolittle. The founding was the result of reorganizing the Twelfth Air Force and Ninth Air Force. The new Numbered Air Force had 90 B-24 Liberators and 210 B-17 Flying Fortresses. The goal of 15th Air force was to establish a fighting force in the Mediterranean capable of launching aircraft when the 8th Air Force in England was grounded by weather. As the Allies gained ground in Italy and airfields around Foggia fell under US control, 15th Air force covered southern France, Germany, Poland, and the Balkans.

15th Air Force was deactivated after WWII on Sept 15, 1945, but was reactivated a year later at Colorado Springs, CO and assigned to the newly created Strategic Air Command. 15th Air Force included 7 wings – the 28th Bombardment Wing, 92nd Bombardment Group, 93rd Bombardment Group, 97th Bombardment Group, 301st Bombardment Group, 307th Bombardment Group, and 311th Reconnaissance Wing.

15th Air Force played a part in the opening days of the Korean War, sending B-29s to Japan to strike targets on the Korean Peninsula. After the Korean War, 15th Air Force upgraded to the then-new B-52s. These B-52s stood nuclear alert throughout the Cold War and participated in Operation Arc Light.

On Sept 1, 1991, 15th Air Force traded the last of their bomber fleet for KC-135 and KC-10 refueling aircraft. On June 1, 1992, Strategic Air Command deactivated and the subordinate units organized into Air Combat Command (ACC) and Air Mobility Command (AMC). 15th Air Force remained a part of AMC for the next decade, with 300 aircraft, nearly 30,000 personnel, and facilities ranging from Shaw AFB, SC to Diego Garcia in the Pacific.

The 15th Air Force was redesignated as the 15th Expeditionary Mobility Task Force in Oct 2003. It deactivated in March, 2012, then reactivated as 15th Air Force on August 20th, 2020 under Air Combat Command in an effort to consolidate 9th and 12th Air Force’s conventional forces. The modern 15th Air Force is responsible for a diverse fleet of aircraft, including the MQ-9 Reaper and the A-10C Thunderbolt II.

#historytuesday

Photos from Air Force ROTC at IU (Det 215)'s post 11/12/2021

This week’s #featurefriday cadet is Cadet Ross McNeill, Alpha Flight’s Flight Commander! Cadet McNeill is pursuing a BS in Atmospheric Science and hopes to become a TACP-O (Tactical Air Control Party Officer). He answered some of our questions about his role in AFROTC.

Q: What is your wing position, and what do you do?
A: Alpha Flight Commander- I am in charge of leading and setting the example for all the GMC in Alpha Flight. My duty is to incorporate the first beginnings of militarization for the GMC. I’m acting as a constant role model.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I enjoy rucking, playing basketball, working out, playing guitar, eating ice cream, and fishing.

Q: What is your favorite AFROTC memory?
A: The first time I maxed my PFA.

Q: What are you most excited about this semester?
A: I’m excited to see how well I trained Alpha Flight as they transition into FTP Semester.

#det215 #afrotc #rotc #iu #iupui #butleruniversity

Photos from Air Force ROTC at IU (Det 215)'s post 11/11/2021

Each year on November 11th we observe Veterans Day, honoring those who served and continue to serve in the United States Military. This year Detachment 215 participated in Indiana University’s Veterans Day ceremony alongside @iuarmyrotc We thank all veterans for their commitment and dedication to this country.

#veteransday #airforce #afrotc #iu #iupui #butleruniversity

Photos from Air Force ROTC at IU (Det 215)'s post 11/05/2021

This week’s #featurefriday cadet is Cadet Laura Shafer, Bravo Flight’s Flight Commander! Cadet Shafer studies Fitness and Wellness, and has a variety of AFSCs she’s interested in. She’d like to be a Health Services Administrator/Hospital Administrator, an Aerospace Physiologist, or a Public Affairs officer.

Q: What is your wing position, and what do you do?
A: Bravo Flight Commander. I lead and instruct a flight of GMC to grow and strengthen their leadership abilities, preparing them for the future.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: In my free time I like rock climbing, cycling, running, weightlifting, playing cards (Euchre), camping, and hiking.

Q: What is your favorite AFROTC memory?
A: I love being around my det 215 family, especially my 300 class. We’ve grown a tight bond since our very first LLAB we ever had together. I’m blessed to have such great people in my life.

Q: What are you most excited about this semester?
A: I love helping the GMC improve each week! Their growth from the beginning of the semester keeps me hopeful for the cadets and people they will be at the end of this semester!

#det215 #afrotc #rotc #iu #iupui #butleruniversity

11/03/2021

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Photos from Air Force ROTC at IU (Det 215)'s post 11/03/2021

On this day in 1939, the Mackay Trophy was awarded to the 2nd Bombardment Group at Langley Field, VA, for 1938’s “best flying achievement”. That achievement was the round-trip flight of 6 B-17s from Langley Field, VA to Beunos Aires, Argentina, in Feb 1938.

The B-17 was designed as a replacement for the Martin B-10 in 1934. The requirements called for an aircraft that could carry a “useful bombload” at an altitude of 10,000 feet for at least 10 hours, with a top speed of at least 200 MPH. The B-17 would eventually exceed these capabilities, with a maximum speed of 287 MPH, a ceiling of 35,000 feet, and a maximum bomb load of 17,600 pounds.

Nicknamed the Flying Fortress due to the large number of guns she had to defend herself with, the B-17 was called a “flying porcupine”, filled with danger for any potential predators, and a “four-engine fighter” for its ability to engage in air-to-air combat. Formations of B-17s were organized into a “flying box”, giving overlapping fields of fire so that each B-17 could protect not only itself, but the aircraft around it. However, the average B-17 crew had a 50% chance of coming back from a given mission and would have to fly 25 missions before going home. 8th Air Force in Europe lost more men in B-17s than the USMC did over all theaters of WWII.

B-17s formed the core of the Combined Bomber Offensive, which kicked off in January 1943. The American bombers would conduct high-altitude daylight bombing raids, while the British bombers would fly at night. Over the course of the war, B-17s would drop over 640,000 tons of bombs.

The B-17 was featured in popular culture, such as Twelve O’Clock High, Tora! Tora! Tora!, and Memphis Belle.

The B-17 remains one of America’s most iconic aircraft, a symbol of the power of bomber aircraft to achieve strategic effects and cripple the enemy’s ability to continue to wage war.

#historytuesday #B-1 #afrotc

Photos from Air Force ROTC at IU (Det 215)'s post 10/29/2021

This week’s #featurefriday we feature Cadet Allison Bell, this semester’s Director of Operations! Cadet Bell is a Criminal Justice and Psychology double major interested in OSI and Intel. We spoke to her about her experiences in AFROTC.

Q: What is your wing position, and what do you do?
A: OTS/DO. I serve as the Deputy to Cadet Pike, planning the weekly plan for LLAB, ensuring we meet AF competencies. I play a role in ensuring LLAB is executed smoothly on the operational side each Thursday.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I enjoy scuba diving, reading, biking, and getting random certifications.

Q: What is your favorite AFROTC memory?
A: My favorite AFROTC memory is Halloween PT from freshman year. The POC were zombies we had to escape.

Q: What are you most excited about this semester?
A: I am looking forward to the Combat Dining In. We will have the opportunity to play sports, eat pizza, and have an evening filled with riddles and avoiding the grog bowl! (a bowl filled with a mixture of food and drinks meant to be unappealing).

#det215 #afrotc #rotc #iu #iupui #butleruniversity

Photos from Air Force ROTC at IU (Det 215)'s post 10/26/2021

On Oct 18th, 1984, the B-1B “Lancer” flew for the first time.

The B-1A had been envisioned in the 1960s as an aircraft that would combine the high-speed capabilities of the B-58 Hustler and the payload of the B-52 Stratofortress. The B-1A had a top speed of Mach 2.2 at high altitudes and the ability to fly at very low altitudes for long distances, although at subsonic speeds. However, the high cost of the aircraft’s development, along with the introduction of the AGM-86 Air Launched Cruise Missile, let to the cancellation of the program in 1977.

In 1981, the program was resurrected to fill the gap between the B-52 and the B-2, which was still under development. The B-1B had a lower top speed at high altitudes, but could now ingress at 0.96 Mach at 200’ off the ground. Other systems that were redesigned included extensive avionics upgrades, improvements to the airframe that allowed higher gross weights (which meant more fuel and more weapons), and new external weapons pylons.

The first B-1B took flight on Oct 18th, 1984. In 1986, the first B-1B was delivered to the USAF and joined the B-52 as part of Strategic Air Command, or SAC, as a nuclear bomber. By 1988, the complete run of 100 B-1Bs had been delivered.

In 1992, after SAC was reorganized and the START treaty was signed, the B-1B joined Air Combat Command as a conventional bomber, making its combat debut in Operation Desert Fox in 1998, and seeing extensive action in Operation Allied Force over Kosovo the following year.

The B-1B was a key asset throughout the Global War on Terrorism, flying 2% of the sorties in Operation Enduring Freedom but dropping 40% of the precision weapons.

There remain 45 of the original 100 B-1s in the active inventory, split between Dyess AFB in Abilene, TX and Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, SD.

#historytuesday #b-1b #det215

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