AFROTC Alumni Chapter

About Us

Read more about the Detachment 470 Air Force ROTC Alumni Chapter in About Us.

2014 Executive committee:
President, Gary Seitz ('71) 

Vice President, Chuck Holderness ('70)

Treasurer, Dorothy Rasgorshek ('58)

Upper Echelon

Read archived, PDF-provided issues of the Upper Echelon, the official newsletter of Detachment 470. 

Spring 2013

Winter 2012
Summer 2012
Winter 2011
Spring 2011
Fall 2010

Spring 2010

Fall 2010


See how you can help the UNO AFROTC Alumni Chapter assist Detachment 470 students with scholarships. Click here for an informative PDF.

You also can Donate Online to the UNO AFROTC Alumni Chapter Scholarship Fund

Detachment 470

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Contact Us

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Annual Veterans Day Brunch set for Sunday, Nov. 9

Join UNO AFROTC, Angel Flight and Silver Wings Alumni at the Annual Veterans Day Brunch and Cadet Scholarship Presentation Sunday, Nov. 9! The brunch is at 10:30 a.m. at the Millard VFW Post #8384 (5083 So. 136th St.) and cost is $15/person. 

A brief program features guest speaker Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (Ret) James M. McCoy. 

Proceeds go to support the UNO Alumni AFROTC Scholarship Fund.  Register by November 3. Do so online at

Questions? Call Elizabeth at 402-554-4802 or email

Chapter presents parting gifts to newly commissioned

Six seniors in the U.S. Air Force ROTC program left UNO with a parting gift, courtesy the UNO Alumni AFROTC Chapter.

The chapter on May 9 presented graduating cadets with their gold second lieutenant bars and the epaulet rank worn on the shoulder of their uniforms. The seniors also took their oath from a military officer during the event, held in the Thompson Alumni Center. Afterward, family members pinned the bars on the newly commissioned officers.

This is the sixth class of graduating cadets the chapter has provided with commissioning sets. Pictured, from left, are the newly commissioned graduates with their assignments:

Kyle Martinez will report to Vandenberg AFB for Missile Operations training
Tatiana Gonzalez (Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program) will report to San Antonio Texas for Nurse training
Tyler Vanderzwaag will report to Pensacola for Combat System’s Officer training
Daniel Florance will report to Pope AFB, for Air Liaison Officer training
Molly Perroni will report to San Antonio Texas for Nursing
Jason Rogers will report to Vandenberg AFB for Space Operations training

Three scholarships issued to AFROTC cadets

The UNO Alumni AFROTC Chapter in April presented three scholarships.

A $500 scholarship was presented to Cadet Kyle Schuhmacher in recognition of academic standing and performance in aerospace classes. Chapter President Gary Seitz presented Schumacher with the award (pictured at right).

Also, two other scholarships were presented by chapter members.

Cadet Kennedy Brester (bottom photo) received the $500 Syntha Essex Angel Flight Scholarship, to be awarded annually to a cadet who best serves as an ambassador for Air Force ROTC by engaging in other UNO activities. Essex was the first leader of Angel Flight, an all-female organization founded at the University of Omaha in 1952 to support and promote the activities of Detachment 470.

Cadet Colten Holden received the annual Ilse and Marcel Kahn Detachment 470 Air Force ROTC Scholarship Award, $250 to be issued each year to a junior or senior cadet in good standing. Kahn is a UNO AFROTC graduate.


High School Drill Meet set for Saturday, March 1

Save the date and make plans on seeing the High School ROTC Drill meet sponsored by the UNO AFROTC Detachment 470 Cadets. The event will be held on campus at the Sapp Fieldhouse and HPER Facility Saturday, March 1, starting at 8 a.m.

See this video for highlights of last year's competition:

Annual Brunch set for Sunday, Nov. 10
Reserve your seat today at the UNO Alumni AFROTC, Angel Fligth and Silver Wings Annual Brunch and Cadet Scholarhsip Presentation! The brunch is set for Sunday, Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the VFW Post #3421 at 3434 McKinley St.

Guest speaker is Lt. General (Ret.) Bob Hinson, former USSTRATCOM Deputy Commander and Air Force Space Command Vice.

Cost is $15 per person. Proceeds go to support the UNO Alumni AFROTC Scholarship /Fund.

Reserve your spot today by sending names and payment (check) by Nov. 5 to:

UNO Alumni AFROTC Chapter
AFROTC Detachment 470
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha, NE 68182-0009

For more information, call 402-554-2318.


Upper Echelon — Spring 2013
Downlaod the Upper Echelon newsletter to get the latest news on Detachment 470!


Annual Dinner set for July 14
Join the UNO Alumni AFROTC Chapter for its annual Dinner! Sunday, July 14 at Brother Sebastian's Restaurant. The restaurant is located one block south of 119th and Pacific Streets.

To attend, RSVP to Chuck Holderness at (402) 571-1557, (402) 995-1982 or email

Download a Dinner Menu to pre-order.


Chapter honors graduating cadets
Seniors in the U.S. Air Force ROTC program left UNO this spring with more than just a degree — they left with gold on their shoulders.

Then they had to hand over some silver.

On May 3 the UNO Alumni AFROTC Chapter gave 11 graduating cadets their first gold second lieutenant bars and the epaulet rank worn on the shoulder of their uniforms.

The seniors also took their oath from a military officer during the event, held in the Milo Bail Student Center. After taking the oath, all 11 had their bars pinned on their shoulders by family members and received their first salute of congratulations from an enlisted person. As tradition dictates, the new officers then gave a silver dollar to that first saluter.

This is the fifth class of graduating cadets the chapter has provided with commissioning sets. That includes 29 sets in the past three years.

AFROTC has been at UNO since 1951. Students from UNO, Creighton, Bellevue University and College of St. Mary participate in the program at UNO:

A list of graduating cadets, their hometowns, majors and next duty station:

Kyle Silva Colocar
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.; Major: Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Career Field: Nurse; Duty Station: Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

Ryan Stephen Crnkovich
Hometown: Papillion, Neb.; Major: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Career Field: Law School (Education Delay); Duty Station: Creighton University School of Law
Jason Alan Goins
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.; Major: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry; Minor: Sustainable Energy Technology; Career Field: Scientist; Duty Station: Colorado School of Mines

Mark William Habermeyer
Hometown: Marshfield, Wisc.; Major: Bachelor of Science in General Studies; Career Field: Pilot; Duty Station: Columbus AFB, Miss.

Nicholas James Hiser
Hometown: Covington, Va.; Major: Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems; Career Field: Cyberspace Operations; Duty Station: Keesler AFB, Miss.

Lucas Malone Huddleston
Hometown: Kearney, Neb.; Major: Bachelors of Science in Atmospheric Sciences; Career Field: Weather; Duty Station: Kapaun AS, Germany

Jordan Lawrence Jacobs
Hometown: Timber Lake, S.D.; Major: Bachelor of Science in General Studies; Career Field: Aircraft Maintenance; Duty Station: Mildenhall AFB, England

Alex James Leach
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.; Major: Bachelor of Science in History; Career Field: Pilot; Duty Station: Vance AFB, Okla.

Katie Jean Rall
Hometown: Sioux Falls, S.D.; Major: Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Career Field: Nurse; Duty Station: Elmendorf AFB, Ala.

Gene Marius Walker
Hometown: Omaha; Major: Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice; Career Field: Airfield Operations; Duty Station: Dyess AFB, Texas

Drill meet featured in national newsletter
UNO Air Force ROTC Detachment 470 was highlighted in the April issue of Foundations Newsletter, the national publication of the U.S. Air Force ROTC.

The newsletter wrote of the UNO program's 50th annual High School Drill Meet, which attracted competitors from 13 high schools in Nebraska and Iowa. Download Foundations to read the article.

See video highlights of the drill meet at

Detachment 470 hosts 50th high school drill meet
The UNO AFROTC Detachment 470 on Feb. 23 hosted its 50th High School Drill Meet.  Ten High Schools participated in the competition. UNO Cadet Sarah Duke created a video of the meet, available at


Cadets participate in Veteran's Day Memorial Park ceremony
Members of UNO’s Air Force ROTC participated in a Veteran's Day ceremony at Memorial Park. Speakers, including Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle and U.S. Rep. Lee Terrry. Read an Omaha World-Herald article on the ceremony.


Cadets to participate in Wreaths Across America
UNO AFROTC cadets will participate in the seventh annual Wreaths Across America, set for Dec. 15 at more than 750 participating state, national and local cemeteries. Wreaths Across America marks the 21st anniversary of placing wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery.

In 2011, Wreaths Across America participants placed 325,000 wreaths on the graves of veterans. UNO AFROTC cadets will be placing wreaths on veteran graves at Forest Lawn cemetery.

Alumni can help UNO's cadets by purchasing wreaths for the ceremonies. Wreaths are $15 each. To donate, download, complete and return the form available at The form already includes the code identifying the UNO AFROTC organization and the code for Forest Lawn to ensure proper delivery.

Wreaths also can be purchased online in the store at To support UNO AFROTC Cadets, mark the Group ID as NEAASEH1. The Location ID is NEFLCO.

Annual Brunch set for Veteran's Day
The UNO Alumni AFROTC Chapter will host its annual brunch Sunday, Nov. 11, and feature guest speaker Major General William Doyle (USAF, retired), former deputy chief of staff for intelligence at Strategic Air Command. Doyle, who will speak on "Lessons Learned," also is former board chairman for SAC Museum in Bellevue and founder of the new SAC Museum in Ashland. See his full bio at the Air Force website.

Proceeds from the event, which include a Scholarship Rafle, support the UNO Alumni AFROTC Scholarship Fund.

UNO Alumni AFROTC Brunch
When: Sunday, Nov. 11, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Where: VFW Post #3421, 3434 McKinley St.
Cost: $15 per person

Reserve your spot by Nov. 5. To attend, send reservation names and payment to UNO Alumni AFROTC Chapter, AFROTC Detachment 470, 6001 Dodge St., Omaha, NE 68182-0009.

For more information call Beth Down at 402-554-2318.

Wolfpack named No. 2 small detachment in region
On July 30, UNO's Air Force Detachment 470 ( was named the No. 2 small AFROTC detachment in the Northwest Region, finishing ahead of 10 other small detachments in the region!

Right of Line awards, issued each year by the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, recognize the best AFROTC detachments in each of three categories determined by number of cadets. The small category consists of detachments with less than 75 cadets.

For the Right of Line award, detachments are judged on their university activities, community participation, military preparedness and success in meeting AFROTC academic, fitness and retention goals.

UNO Detachment 470, also known as the Wolfpack, was established at UNO in 1951. At that time the university was one of 62 institutions chosen from a field of nearly 600 schools seeking to host an AFROTC unit. Today Detachment 470 includes students from Creighton and Bellevue Universities, and others.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Detachment 465 finished first in the Northwest Region and will compete for best-in-the-nation status this fall.

Annual Chapter Dinner set for Sunday, June 24
The UNO Alumni AFROTC Chapter will host its annual Social and Dinner Sunday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Brother Sebastian's Steak House (1350 So. 119th St.).

The evening is self-pay for dinner and drinks.

For more information, or to reserve a spot, contact Chuck Holderness at (402-995-1982 or email


Graduating cadets commissioned, 'pinned'
Eleven seniors left UNO this spring not with grudges on their shoulders, but with gifts.

Those came courtesy the UNO Alumni AFROTC Chapter during a May 4 commissioning ceremony for graduating cadets with UNO Detachment 470. 

Second lieutenant bars were pinned on nine new Air Force officers during the event, held in the CPACS building. Two cadets went through a mock pinning with formal commissioning taking place later this summer.

The UNO Alumni AFROTC provided all 11 with sets of lieutenant bars and shoulder boards. Those were provided by chapter member Judy Campbell in memory of her husband, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Bob Campbell. The new officers also received UNO Alumni AFROTC Chapter membership cards. 

It is the fourth class of graduating cadets the chapter has so honored. The new second lieutenants and their upcoming assignments, pictured from left:

Jason Huffstetler: Intelligence/Goodfellow AFB, Texas; Joshua Couillard: Space and Missiles/Vandenberg AFB, Calif.; Gregory Reis: Pilot Trainee/Vance AFB, Okla.; Nathan Tesch: Remotely Piloted Aircraft/Randolph AFB, Texas; Allen Cox: Cyber/Keesler AFB, Miss.; Luke Gabriel: Pilot Trainee/Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla.; Jacob Pomerenke: Pilot Trainee/Vance AFB, Okla.; Carlyn Pentzien: Medical Surgical Nursing/Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; Chase Luedeke: Cyber/Keesler AFB, Miss.; Katherine Thompson: Cyber/Keesler AFB, Miss.; Joseph Neal: Remotely Piloted Aircraft/Randolph AFB, Texas.

New board members elected
Chuck Holderness, a 1970 UNO graduate, has been elected to serve two years as the chapter’s president. Holderness served 24 years in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a colonel from the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He was an intelligence officer and stationed at Offutt Air Force Base assigned to SAC and USSTRATCOM. 

Other UNO graduate officers include Bill Murphy(1990) vice president; 2nd Lieutenant Kelly Hiser (2010), secretary; and Dorothy Rasgorshek (1958), treasurer.

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