The United States Air Force has selected the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 365 for the 2016 Right of Line Award. The award recognizes the Top AFROTC detachment in the Nation. Detachment 365 also received the Best in Region Award for the Northeast, having competed against detachments at Yale and Cornell Universities. The last time Detachment 365 won at the national level was in 2010.
The award is presented to three detachments in the nation based on training, education, recruiting, and overall performance. Recipients are selected from 145 AFROTC detachments in the US competing in small, medium, and large categories.
Detachment 365’s accomplishments include achieving the highest overall grade point average of 3.545/4.0 and physical fitness scores of 97.42/100 in the nation.
“What distinguishes the Detachment from others is not just academic excellence, but the dedication and commitment the cadets have in becoming the best officers they can be, whether their experiences come from academia, research, internships, or community service,” said Captain Peterson Dela Cruz, MIT technical instructor and operations flight commander.
The Detachment has also garnered numerous individual awards this year, including the coveted 2016 USAF Cadet of the Year award given to MIT graduate student Martin York, as the top cadet among AFROTC, United States Air Force Academy, and Officer Training School. MIT senior Nicholas James received the 2016 Outstanding AFROTC Cadet as the top AFROTC cadet in the Northeast region. Kira Headrick, a senior at Harvard, was highlighted in Business Insider magazine’s article, “Twelve of the Most Impressive Students at Harvard Right Now,” for her accomplishments as a pilot-select and NASA intern. Dela Cruz was also recognized as the 2016 AFROTC Recruiting Officer of the Year...