Detachment 410 News
DOD designates critical languages around the world for officers to learn, and then funds opportunities for them to travel to learn.
The Newsroom was on hand for the week’s events, with photos and interviews helping capture what made Homecoming special for Tommies of all ages.
The St. Thomas School of Engineering and the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) have been collaborating for several years to prepare students for their engineering duties once they graduate. In recent years, St. Thomas has seen an influx of ROTC students in the School of Engineering; of the 15 seniors graduating in the ROTC 2017 class, eight are engineering majors.
The concept of selfless service is common when speaking with cadets. As they learn and train, the service itself begins to mean more to them than the position they receive. While many serve for the minimum requirement of four years, some will serve for much longer, and a few may go on to devote their entire lives to the Air Force.
On Feb. 21, 2011, U.S. Air Force Capt. Mitch Kieffer ’07 was riding in the third SUV of a four-vehicle convoy when it was ambushed on the outskirts of Baghdad Province. The explosive that ripped through his truck left him with compression fractures in his spine and a traumatic brain injury.
“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”
~ George Washington
Commander-in-chief, Continental Army
The wall originally served as storage room doors when the detachment was headquartered in the bowels of Foley Hall, which also was home to St. Thomas’ Theater Department at the time. When Foley Hall was razed to make way for the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex, the detachment moved to Loras Hall, and the walls were placed in storage.