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ASU Cadets Excel at Field Training

August 23, 2012

Sixteen Angelo State University Air Force ROTC cadets completed field training this summer, and several were recognized for their performance.

Field training is required for all U.S. cadets pursuing commission in the Air Force through ROTC.  After their sophomore year, students attend the four-week field training that involves physical conditioning, weapons training and combat skills training at a realistic deployment environment.  It also serves as an opportunity to develop leadership and team building skills.  The selection process is highly competitive based on cadets’ grade point average, SAT/ACT scores, physical fitness scores and their commander’s ranking of cadets. 

ASU cadets who completed field training at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., and Camp Shelby Army Base, Miss., were Ethan Anderson, Chance Aycock, Perry Byrd, Chase Corp, Nathan Cumberland, Brett Estes, Travis Felts, Shyree General, Austin Miller, Aidid Mohamed, Marcus Nellums, Michael Sansano, Cameron Simon, Brendan Tarleton, Scott Vander Ven and Evan Walters. 

Those receiving special recognition were Anderson and Aycock, Expert Marksman; Byrd, Distinguished Graduate, Warrior Spirit and Expert Marksman; Corp, Cadet Training Assistant Recommendation; Estes, Honor Flight and Warrior Flight; General, Honor Flight; Sansano, Distinguished Graduate, Top Male Physical Training Performer and Warrior Flight; and Vander Ven, Superior Performer. 

Seven cadets were also top third graduates in their respective flights: Aycock, Byrd, Corp, Estes, Sansano, Tarleton and Vander Ven. 

In addition to ASU’s student accomplishments, two faculty members in the Aerospace Studies Department were selected to help with field training.  Lt. Col. Stephen Magnan, ROTC Detachment 847 commander, served as deputy commander for Air Expeditionary Forces 2 at Camp Shelby and Maxwell AFB.  Maj. Brant T. Fryar, assistant professor, served as a field training officer for Air Expeditionary Forces 1 at Camp Shelby. 

For more information, contact the Angelo State ROTC office at 325-942-2036.