Alumni Testimonials

Air Force ROTC enriches the Air Force,
and the cadets who participate in ROTC. . .

by assuring a steady flow of disciplined, well-trained and well-educated junior officers who bring greater diversity and talent needed to fill thousands of Air Force job openings that must be filled every year by young and dedicated junior officers.

South Florida’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 155, is one of 145 AFROTC.

Detachments delivering thousands of their graduating 2nd Lieutenants every year. This helps the Air Force fill an array of essential career fields. Many of these young junior officers find life in military service fulfilling and decide to become career officers; mutually enriching both themselves and the Air Force. Several career officers who graduated from Detachment 155, have highlighted their experience while serving on active duty.

We encourage you to learn how well their experience has enriched their life; and the U.S. Air Force.

In the four years I spent in Det.155 at the “U”, I never realized the magnitude of what I was being taught. Certainly, the academics were beneficial but it was the lifelong friends and leadership skills that cannot be captured in any syllabus or lecture.

Learning how to lead, how to connect with others, how to solve problems, and how to put service before self are not skills the typical college student has when they graduate. My 4 years at Det. 155 did much more than turn to me into an Air Force Officer, it turned me into a leader, a warrior, and most importantly an Airman.

I was commissioned 26 years ago, and still wake up every day proud to wear this uniform and serve my nation; all due to AFROTC and the amazing cadre and cadets of Det. 155 at U.M.

Colonel Steven J. Minkin, D.M.

Director, Financial Management and Comptroller, Air Combat Command