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USAF ROTC Chain of Command

The Honorable Barack H. Obama
President of the United States
The Honorable Ashton B. Carter
Secretary of Defense
The Honorable Deborah L. James
Secretary of the Air Force
General Mark A. Welsh, III
Chief of Staff of the Air Force
Lieutenant General Darryl L. Roberson
Commander, Air Education and Training Command
Lieutenant General Steven L. Kwast
Commander, Air University
Brigadier General Paul H. Guemmer
Commander, Holm Center
Colonel Sherry L. Stearns-Boles
Commander, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps
Colonel Jeffrey F. Staha
Southwest Region Commander
 Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth N. Bourque
Detachment 35 Commander (Professor of Aerospace Studies)

Core Values

Integrity first
Service before self
Excellence in all we do

Cadet Honor Code

We will not lie, steal, or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does.

Birthday of the Air Force

18 Sept 1947

Three Levels of Warfare


Air Force Song (First Verse)

Off we go into the wild blue yonder,
climbing high into the sun,
here they come, zooming to meet our thunder,
at 'em boys, give er the gun!
Down we dive, spouting our flame from under,
off with one hell-of-a-roar!
We live in fame or go down in flame,
Nothing will stop the US Air Force!

1st Article Code of Conduct

I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life.
I am prepared to give my life in their defense.

2nd Article Code of Conduct

I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.

3rd Article Code of Conduct

If I am captured, I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from my enemy.

4th Article Code of Conduct

If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information nor take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.

5th Article Code of Conduct

When questioned should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give my name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering futher questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.

6th Article Code of Conduct

I will never forget that I am an American fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.


ACC - Air Combat Command
AETC - Air Education and Training Command
AFGSC - Air Force Global Strike Command
AFMC - Air Force Materiel Command
AFRC - Air Force Reserve Command
AFSOC - Air Force Special Operations Command
AFSPC - Air Force Space Command
AMC - Air Mobility Command
PACAF - Pacific Air Forces
USAFE-AFAFRICA - United States Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa

Oath of Office

I, [name]. having been appointed a [rank], in the United States Air Force, do solemnly (swear or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter, so help me God.

Tenets of Air and Space Power

Centralized control, decentralized execution
Flexibility, versatility
Synergistic effects

Air Force Core Competencies

Developing Airmen
Technology to War-Fighting
Integrated Operations

Air Force Distinctive Capabilities

Air and space superiority
Global attack
Rapid global mobility
Precision engagement
Information superiority
Agile combat support

Principles of War

Economy of force
Unity of Command

Air and Space Power Functions

Air refueling
Combat search and rescue
Command and control
Counter air/space/land/sea
Counter information
Navigation and positioning
Special operations employment
Strategic attack
Weather service

Propositions Regarding Airpower

1. Whoever controls the air generally controls the ground.
2. Air Power is inherently a strategic force.
3. Air Power is primarily an offensive force.
4. In essence, Air Power is targeting; targeting is intelligence, and intellegence is analyzing effects of air operations.
5. Air Power produces physical and psychological shock by dominating the fourth dimension - time.
6. Air Power can conduct parallel operations at all levels of warfare, at the same time.
7. Precision air weapons have now redefined "mass."
8. Air Power's unique characteristics necessitate that it be centrally controlled by airmen.
9. Technology and Air Power are integrally and synergistically related.
10. Air Power includes not just military, but aerospace industry and commercial aviation.

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