January 2013

  • First PT, here we GO!

    January 29, 2013
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    By Cadet Nicholas Lenkman

    It all starts with receiving the shorts…I take a look at them and start to laugh. Given my stature, being quite tall, I always feel like I am bringing back the 1970 Larry Bird short shorts look, now I actually have short shorts! Just give me some sport goggles and a basketball and I’d be set.

    Now when I arrived at the Simon Rec center I had no idea what to expect. I was confident that it couldn’t be that bad. After all, I’ve been playing competitive sports my entire life and I know I can handle a hard work out.

    We started by being called to fall in and of course I was standing in the wrong place! This being my first PT session and also my second week in the ROTC program, I’m still in a learning process here.

    After we stretched we had to pair up and grab a mat. I was paired up with Cadet Byrd. Nothing’s more intimidating and/or more challenging than being paired up with an older cadet that knocks out 62 pushups in a minute. All I thought about while I awaited the “go” command, was “how do I follow that?” Well, I followed it by cutting it in half with a solid 31. Not the number I wanted, but for the first PT after a well needed month long break I’ll take it. The same thing happened with the sit ups too. He set the bar high and I came in at half. This didn’t discourage me because I was, and am, confident that I will only improve on this as the weeks go by. Those two tests make up the baseline for our PFA. Which gives me a good starting point.

    After we recovered for a few seconds we were told of our next challenge, a relay race. This was the best part of PT. It was here that I really start to understand the wingman concept. The race consisted of four legs down and back with each cadet doing the drill once. The first leg was a wheel barrel down to the far wall. Once there both cadets did 20 push-ups. The second leg was a fireman’s carry with 15 sit ups in between, then back the other way.  The third leg was a crab walk with your partner holding your feet up. This one we only had to go to the half way mark before we did 4 count lunges. The last leg was a sprint to the end and 10 jumping jacks.

    After all that, it’s safe to say “yeah I can be pretty bad” but now I know what to expect. And no! I am in no way discouraged!

    All in all it was a fine work out. I enjoyed it and look forward to more.Cadet Lenkman at PT

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  • Why Should Anyone Join Air Force ROTC???

    January 25, 2013
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    By Cadet Derek Fallert

     

    Why should anyone join Air Force ROTC?  Many reasons came to mind nearly instantly after asking myself this question.  Simply put, being a Cadet in AFROTC is very beneficial to your development as a person and ultimately as an Air Force Officer.   Undoubtedly, many, if not all of the lessons I have learned so far in ROTC will come to good use for the rest of my life.  Leadership, teamwork, time management, discipline, and determination are all qualities that I have developed during my ROTC career thus far, and I’d be willing to bet that any other Cadet that has spent at least a semester in AFROTC would say the same.

    The main reason I believe anyone should consider joining AFROTC is the fact that there is NOTHING to lose, and many valuable things to gain.  Even if a Cadet would decide after a few weeks that the military is simply not for them, they would still walk away a different person than they were when they entered the program.  The lessons learned and values attained in ROTC do not only pertain to the military.  These things will also carry over to the civilian world, and help one to succeed in many environments.  For Cadets that decide that the military is in fact for them, the benefits only get greater.  The ability to receive scholarships, be a leader in the Cadet Wing, have a guaranteed job after college, and to receive a Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the USAF are but a few.

    I could go on and on about this subject, but I believe that these reasons alone are surely enough to explain why anyone should join AFROTC.  There is absolutely nothing to lose in joining the program, and some truly amazing things to gain.  Perhaps the coolest thing about being in AFROTC is the ability to answer the question “what are you doing after College?” with being an Officer in the World’s Finest Air Force.  Incentive Enough?  I think so!

     

    Cadets Marching to Beracha Hall 

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  • Introducing the New AFROTC Blog!

    January 24, 2013
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    In the past Detachment 207 has used the Wingspan, the infamous monthly magazine type article to show you what is going on with our Cadets. While this won’t be an exact duplicate of the type of information found in the Wingspan it should be a much more practical way of showing who we are as a Detachment…

    ——-Who is det 207? What is AFROTC? What is FTP? What is Field Training?

    This is the type of information that is going to be found here. Stand by for more postings to come and get pumped for an awesome FTP semester!!!

     

    Field Training Max 1 2012C/Aaron Lewis

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