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Air Force ROTC Cadets Host a Special Guest

AFROTC Detachment 490 gathered on the steps of NJIT's iconic Eberhardt Hall (Colonel Kent Dalton, at right in the top row. Lieutenant Colonel John S. Eubanks III at left in the top row, Captain James B. Ollis III, on the left in the first row

On the first day of May, the cadets of Air Force ROTC Detachment 490 based at NJIT welcomed Colonel Kent Dalton, AFROTC Northeast Regional Commander, during a special session of the unit’s leadership lab. The region serves as the intermediate command authority providing oversight and staff policy to 37 detachments in 15 states, covering 387 colleges and universities and nearly 3,500 cadets.

Dalton, who was visiting from Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, entered the Air Force through the ROTC program at The Ohio State University in 1988. Prior to his current assignment at Wright Patterson, he held numerous missile crew, spacelift, missile warning, surveillance, instructor, evaluator, and key wing and headquarters-level staff positions.

In addition to answering the cadets’ questions about a career in the Air Force as commissioned officers, Dalton spoke about core values basic to success as leaders, including physical, mental, spiritual and social resiliency. “Above all, stay focused every day on being the best person you can be,” he said in the course of sharing experiences he has had as an Air Force officer.

Colonel Kent Dalton

Colonel Kent Dalton speaking to Air Force ROTC Detachment 490.

Dalton also presented awards and medals to cadets from NJIT, as well as to cadets from other schools who are members of AFROTC Detachment 490, for outstanding performance throughout the spring semester. Recognized were Cadet Michell Velez, NJIT graduating senior, chemical engineering; Cadet Charles Salerno, Stevens Institute, sophomore, mechanical engineering;

Cadet Sanford Threlkeld, Stevens Institute, sophomore, engineering physics; Cadet Joshua Barker, NJIT, sophomore, mechanical engineering; Cadet Courtney Kovensky, Fairleigh Dickinson University, freshman, biochemistry.

The leadership lab concluded with the outgoing Cadet Wing Commander, Cadet Mariana Tamariz, a psychology major at Rutgers-Newark, handing down the flag to the new Fall 2014 Semester Wing Commander, Cadet Kenya McIndoe, criminal justice major at Rutgers-Newark.

For more information about Air Force ROTC and leadership training: 973-596-3626, afrotc490@njit,edu, or on the web at www.njit,edu/rotc.