NEWS & EVENTS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 http://youtu.be/d_CEJMm2ri8
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 http://youtu.be/d_CEJMm2ri8y.
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 http://www.unoalumni.org/document.doc?id=1036. 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 http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. 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 (http://www.unomaha.edu/afrotc/) 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 email@example.com
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.