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NMSU Air Force ROTC establishes alumni chapter

In celebration of Detachment 505?s 70th anniversary and to provide an avenue for graduates to preserve and share their knowledge, New Mexico State University?s Air Force ROTC has established an alumni chapter.


Air Force ROTC cadets march past saluting officials.
NMSU Air Force ROTC cadets march past the reviewing officials on the Horseshoe during the 114th annual ROTC Pass-in-Review event. NMSU Air Force ROTC recently established an alumni chapter in celebration of the program?s 70th anniversary. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

?With decades of alumni, there is someone who has served in every Air Force career field and gained valuable insights learned only through experience,? said Lt. Col. Jeremiah Klomp, NMSU Air Force ROTC commander and professor of aerospace studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. ?We hope to provide a means whereby those with experience can share it with those just starting out on the same path.?

Founded in 1946, Detachment 505 at NMSU is one of the oldest Air Force ROTC detachments in the country. Noted alumni include Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez, the father of modern Air Force maintenance.

Along with reconnecting with former classmates and friends, chapter members will have opportunities to become involved with the cadets and cadre as a mentor; be a source of information for career development; and participate in cadet training, social events, parades, graduation and other activities.

?We created the alumni chapter to provide a mechanism and avenue for our alumni to stay connected to the detachment and the cadets. It is a forum where our experienced alumni can share their wisdom and lessons learned with our cadets and young officers who are just starting out,? Klomp said. ?Additionally, we hope to create opportunities for old classmates and friends to renew their friendships and cultivate new ones.?

Following an Air Force ROTC cadet?s graduation from NMSU, alumni chapter members will also have opportunities to aid in the transition of new second lieutenants to their first duty station.

Col. Joe Bechtol, U.S. Air Force, retired, NMSU class of ?64, is chairing the group.

All NMSU Air Force ROTC alumni are invited to join the chapter. Those interested in becoming a member may sign up at airforcerotc.nmsu.edu/alumni_index/ and a chapter member will be in contact.