Air Force ROTC News

Portrait of Col. Nichole Scott, AFROTC

Scott Named First Female ROTC Commander at VMI

Col. Nichole K.A. Scott has assumed command of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) at VMI. She is the first female commander of any ROTC military branch at VMI, and arrives during the 25th anniversary of the admittance of female cadets.

Cadet receives her shoulder boards during ceremony for Navy in Memorial Hall May 15 2022

New Officers Encouraged to Put Service Over Self

Nearly 200 young men and women, most of them VMI cadets, commissioned into the armed services in Cameron Hall on Sunday, May 15 in the annual ROTC Joint Commissioning Ceremony. The ceremony was also livestreamed for family and friends who could not attend the event in person.

Air Force ROTC cadets during 2022 spring field training exercises 70 feet in the air in the Corps Physical Training Facility

Cadets Conquer Challenges During 2022 Spring Field Training Exercises

Cadets conquered many challenges on and off post during 2022 spring field training exercises (FTX).

Kirsten Engel ’22, Glen Lash ’22, and Ryan Carpino ’23 at the U.S. Air Force Academy with backdrop of mountains

Cadets Participate in U.S. Air Force Academy Symposium

Three VMI cadets recently attended the U.S. Air Force Academy’s 2022 National Character and Leadership Symposium in Colorado. The conference’s theme this year was “Ethics and Respect for Human Dignity,” and the event featured several keynote speakers and sessions.

Eric Munro '21 on post

Munro ’21 Named Gates Cambridge Scholar

Eric Munro ’21 is one of only 23 U.S. candidates selected as a Gates Cambridge Scholar 2022 to pursue graduate study at the University of Cambridge, where Munro will pursue a Ph.D. in engineering and research the development of next generation miniaturized spectrometers using novel nano materials.

AFROTC cadets at paintball course from Fall FTX 2021

In-Field Scenarios Crucial Component of Training

During the Fall 2021 Field Training Exercise (FTX), sophomore cadets from Detachment 880 went to Stonewall Paintball in nearby Glasgow, VA to perform some in-field scenarios to test their abilities to lead and follow under stressful situations.

Fatoumata Diallo ’23, Wesley Barbara ’23, Joshua Kent ’24, and Kyle Bordeaux ’22 pose with VMI flag.—Photo provided by E. Sean Lanier ’94.

Air Force ROTC Cadets Attend The National Security & Foreign Policy Leadership Briefing

“Each guest speaker offered a wide range of expertise on various topics ranging from Anglo-American relations to leadership from the cockpit of a high-performance jet,” Wesley Barbara ’23 said. “I look forward to implementing everything I learned.”

Leon Thomas '22

Rigors of VMI Education Prepare Cadets for Commissioning

“There's so much knowledge here,” Leon Thomas '22 commented. “There's all this different military experience from different branches that you really would never have seen in many other places.”

A wreath is carried at the Cadet Reflections on 2021 American Veterans Center Conference

Cadet Reflections on 2021 American Veterans Center Conference

Cadet Elias Tyson '22 attended the 2021 American Veterans Center Conference this November and offers insight and perspective into the event and its illustrious speakers.

Brig. Gen. Moreschi, dean of faculty, takes his turn on the latest flight simulator equipment during a  visit with Air Force ROTC

Flight simulator grand opening

Kilbourne Hall was buzzing with Aviation Excitement this past week when three brand-new flight simulators were unveiled by VMI’s ROTC programs! The Air Force, Navy, and Army ROTC departments have been working around the clock with VMI to develop these joint ROTC flight training assets.