AFROTC Earns Right of Line Award

By Lawrence W. McLaughlin, Lt. Col, USAF, Commander, AFROTC Det 365

Every year at colleges and universities across the nation, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) detachments compete to earn the coveted Right of Line award. This award recognizes the best AFROTC detachment in the United States based on its education program, cadet activities, university and public interactions, community service projects, and cadet accomplishments.

Out of 66 small detachments across the nation, MIT’s Detachment 365 was rated the best and earned the Right of Line award for the 2007/2008 school year. Detachment 365 is comprised of cadets from MIT, Harvard, Tufts, Wellesley, Salem State, Gordon and Endicott  Colleges. Many of the cadets were present in November when the Northeast Region Commander came to MIT to officially present the award.  He congratulated us on our achievement, but challenged us to continue to improve and stated that there will be a lot of  detachments ready to take the “best detachment” honors from us.

The award encompasses everything from academics to athletics, as well as unique cadet wing activities. Some of our more notable activities from last year include the pandemic flu exercise involving MIT medical, MIT emergency planning and the local police department, cultural and ethical awareness exercises, drill team support for numerous community and university events, and local service projects supporting the Boys & Girls Club, the Cambridge Youth Center, and the Boston Marathon.

Additionally, after completing the four-week Summer 2008 Field Training event -- the most rigorous training event cadets will endure during AFROTC -- 9 of 15 of our cadets were recognized with awards for their accomplishments including three Distinguished Graduates who ranked in the top 10% of their class.

Detachment 365 is committed to continually improving the educational and leadership environment for cadets and strives to maintain its status as the leading small AFROTC detachment in the nation.