Media advisory: CSU’s Air Force ROTC to be honored as best in the nation Feb. 26

Colorado State University’s Air Force ROTC detachment was recently recognized as the best in the nation after winning the prestigious Right of Line Award.


A formal presentation of the Right of Line Award will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, on campus, in the Plant Sciences Building, Room 101. Col. Chris Bennett, overall Air Force ROTC commander in charge of 145 ROTC units across the United States, will present the award to CSU’s Air Force ROTC detachment. CSU President Joyce McConnell will make remarks during the presentation.


The honor — presented by the Air Force’s Air University, part of the Air Education and Training Command — selected CSU’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 90 as the top large detachment in the country, besting 49 other large university detachments across the country.

The annual Right of Line Award recognizes the top Air Force ROTC detachments by evaluating cadet performance, community service, officer production, recruiting and scholarships. The AFROTC commander at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama selects the Right of Line Award recipient from the winners of four separate regional competitions.

CSU has won the Northwest Region’s High Flight Award for top large detachment four of the past five years. The Northwest Region includes 34 universities in 15 states, from Illinois to Alaska.

“To be named No. 1 in the country means a lot,” said Col. Tim Childress, the commander of Detachment 90 and professor of aerospace studies at CSU. “There are a lot of great schools and cadets out there, so hitting that bar is pretty tough.”

A question and answer discussion will be held with Col. Bennett and Air Force cadets at 5:15 p.m., after the presentation.

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