STATEHOUSE (Jan. 5, 2011) - State Sens. Ron Alting and Brandt Hershman (Rs-Lafayette) will honor Purdue University's Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) at the Statehouse on Thursday, celebrating a national recognition the program recently received.
"Purdue University's Air Force ROTC unit received the Right of Line Award," Alting said. "This is a great achievement and I'm looking forward to recognizing the work of these cadets and cadre of commissioned and non-commissioned officers."
Hershman said every year three Right of Line Awards are presented to the top small, medium and large schools with college AFROTC units. He said Purdue's AFROTC unit was one of four regional semifinalists from the large school category. Purdue's detachment was then chosen as the overall, national winner from among the four regional contenders in their size category. This year, a total of 144 small, medium and large schools were eligible to win one of the awards.
"This program consistently leads the Big Ten in recruiting and training top-notch officers. Now it is clear that they are the best in the nation," Hershman said. "It is an honor to have members of Purdue's ROTC Air Force program come to the Statehouse and acknowledge their great success."
Colonel Tom Frooninckx accepted the Right of Line Award on behalf of the unit on November 4 during a national conference in Alabama.
Purdue University's AFROTC program has its student members participate in field training, leadership forums and career fairs with current Air Force officers. The unit, established in 1947, currently has 180 cadets.
Members of the ROTC unit will be recognized with a Senate resolution presented by Alting and Hershman in the Senate chamber at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Alting represents Senate District 22, which includes a portion of Tippecanoe County.