Detachment 157 Heritage

The U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 157 was founded in 1972 at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus. By that time, Embry-Riddle already had a rich history of training aviators and mechanics for the United States and allied military forces during World War II and the Korean War. The aerospace focus of the university was a natural fit for training Air Force officers. Since its establishment, Det. 157 has consistently grown to be one of the largest and best AFROTC detachments in the nation. Det. 157 has won numerous AFROTC awards and accolades, including the prestigious High Flight award, which recognized the unit as the best “large” detachment in the southeast region, and the national Right of Line award, which honored the efforts and accomplishments put forth by cadets, cadre and staff.

In the early days of the detachment, operations were run out of a small trailer next to the university’s library. Later, operations expanded to a metal building adjoining Doolittle Hall. The university constructed the ROTC Center in 1990 to accommodate the Army, Navy, and Air Force ROTC units on campus. The Air Force ROTC unit was given the entire first floor for a 55-seat classroom, a computer lab, and cadre/cadet offices. Recent construction has seen the addition of an obstacle course and outdoor workout area for joint use by cadets and midshipmen; this outdoor facility is the first of its kind for a non-military affiliated university AFROTC unit.

Today, Det. 157 continues a tradition of excellence by producing the most commissioned officers and pilot candidates for the Air Force outside of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Det. 157’s top-notch training has attracted prospective cadets from all over the country. While delivering excellent numbers in terms of pilot production, Det.157 continues to produce outstanding officers in all career fields.

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