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U of M's Air Force ROTC "Flying Tigers" Are Named the Best Unit in Tennessee University News
For release: June 7, 2010

For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

The Air Force Association (AFA) of the State of Tennessee has recognized University of Memphis AFROTC Detachment 785 as Tennessee’s Outstanding AFROTC unit for 2010. This marks the first time since 2005 that the University of Memphis has received this recognition. 

During the past academic year, Detachment 785, known as the Flying Tigers, has completely transformed itself. Enrollment has increased by 176 percent, and the number of cadets receiving commissions has increased by 450 percent. The cadre has received funds from the U.S. Air Force as well as from the University and has set out on a facility and infrastructure improvement plan. In addition to these funds, the cadre invested more than 650 hours of labor into this renovation and revitalization project.

All Aerospace Studies classrooms have been outfitted with new flat screen monitors or ceiling-mounted projectors, and each classroom now has new media tables and chairs. An unused storage closet has been converted into a fully functional computer room with two workstations that are connected to the University network. In addition, all AFROTC facilities now have wi-fi capability.

The Detachment is fully involved in all facets of University life and will be part of the Living Learning Community. The cadets performed many community service projects this year, working fundraising events to support their humanitarian efforts. The pinnacle was the contribution of more than $500 and the sponsoring of 10 underprivileged children through the Angel Tree project during the Christmas season. 

“We are all very excited about winning this award,” said Lt. Col. Jerry P. Brumfield, AFROTC commander.  “The entire cadre and cadet wing has worked very hard over the last two years to improve and strengthen our Detachment, and it feels great to have these efforts recognized. Our cadets and cadre are all very proud.”

The AFA is an independent, nonprofit civilian education organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation.  It sponsors professional development seminars and recognizes excellence in the education and aerospace fields through national awards programs. It presents scholarships and grants to Air Force active duty, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve members and their dependents, and awards educator grants to promote science and math education at the elementary and secondary school level.

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