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AFROTC

WE DEVELOP PREMIER LEADERS OF CHARACTER AND ACTION

Colonel Mark Ciero is the commander and professor of aerospace, Air Force ROTC Detachment 867 at Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont. He leads a cadre of instructors in recruiting, educating, training and professionally developing nearly 250 cadets aspiring to commission as officers in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force.

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Hancox is the operations officer and assistant professor of aerospace, Air Force ROTC Detachment 867 at Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont.  He leads operations for a cadre of instructors in recruiting, education, training, and professional development for nearly 250 cadets aspiring to commission as officers in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force.

Major Matthew Feltmann is the assistant professor of aerospace studies for Air Force ROTC Detachment 867 at Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont. He recruits, trains, evaluates and motivates highly qualified men and women as prospective officers and instructs the freshman-level course on the foundations of the U.S. Air Force.

Major Jared Taylor is the education officer and assistant professor for Air Force ROTC Detachment 867 at Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont. He recruits, trains, evaluates and motivates highly qualified men and women as prospective officers and instructs the sophomore-level course on Air Force leadership studies and field training preparation.

Captain Tyler VanderZwaag is the Recruiting Officer and an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Sciences at Norwich University in Northfield, VT

Technical Sergeant Justin Barnacascel is the noncommissioned officer in charge, Personnel Policies and Programs for Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 867 at Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont.

Staff Sergeant Brandon Westlake is responsible for administration, management, for U.S. Air Force ROTC Detachment 867, at Norwich University, in Northfield, Vermont. He directs, implements and synchronizes programs and policies with the NER, Holm Center, HQ AFROTC. He manages over 150 cadet records involving all financial, enlistment and contracting, commissioning, administrative, medical and a multitude of separate personnel actions equating to over $1.7 million annually for the entire cadet life cycle.

Staff Sergeant Nathaniel Washington is the noncommissioned officer in charge, administration, U.S. Air Force ROTC Detachment 867, Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont. He directs, implements and synchronizes programs and policies with the NER, Holm Center, Headquarters AFROTC. He manages more than 150 cadet records involving all financial, enlistment and contracting, commissioning, administrative, medical and a multitude of separate personnel actions equating to more than $1.7 million annually for the entire cadet life cycle.

Room & Board

Cadets that earned a Type 1 ROTC scholarship received an additional $15,000 annually from Norwich for Room & Board.

3.0 and 90%

To improve your AFROTC scholarship chances, you’ll want to carry a 3.0 gpa and 90% fitness score or better. Learn More scholarship tips.

Leadership Pays

AFROTC Scholarship Tip: Seek out leadership opportunities in the Corps of Cadets, athletic teams, clubs or volunteer work on and off campus.

Meet our Cadets and Graduates

  • Thomas A. Bussiere ’85U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen.

    Thomas A. Bussiere ’85
    U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen.

    “I think the long-standing, multidecade connection of Norwich grads is strong and sound. I can guarantee in the Department of Defense that Norwich graduates — officer, enlisted, civilian, Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines, and now (Space Force) Guardians — are connected and stay connected, both from a professional development perspective and pride in our alma mater. … What the institution gave to everybody who serves is pretty strong.”
  • Cadet Zoha Alam ’24U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Cadet Zoha Alam ’24
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    "Norwich University's AFROTC has shown the many opportunities to careers within the Air Force...AFROTC has instilled pride with in me and has taught me how I can put service before myself. I joined AFROTC to serve my nation for all it has done for my family."
  • Cadet Harrison Preston’ 23U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Cadet Harrison Preston’ 23
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    "I was informed of Norwich’s AFROTC program in high school, and once I visited, I knew it was the place for me. I had always wanted to live a life that revolved around helping people; I always took pride in knowing I was able to make someone’s day better. It has been my goal all throughout my time at Norwich to commission as an Air Force officer because I know I can live a life serving and helping the American people."
  • Cadet Koa Rosales ’25U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Cadet Koa Rosales ’25
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    "Joining the Air Force as an officer has been my top goal growing up as a kid. While my grandfather was Navy and my father was Army, the Air Force values resonated more with me than any other branch. When I applied to Norwich, I knew that the Corps of Cadet would help me prepare to be the best I could be. Be it through growing a strong mindset or developing resiliency through challenges, both AFROTC and Corps of Cadet will support me in my future."
  • Gary Keefe ’86 U.S. Army Maj. Gen.

    Gary Keefe ’86
    U.S. Army Maj. Gen.

    “It’s you … that have the values and steel in your backbone to protect our way of life.”
  • Cadet Elvine Katanga ’23U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Cadet Elvine Katanga ’23
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    "I’ve gained so much from AFROTC at Norwich...the two most important things being great friends and mentors. Our Cadre have always been so supportive, starting from the moment I joined AFROTC. Same with the individuals I’ve met in AFROTC from my own classmates, the underclass men, and other AFROTC cadets from other detachments...And I know even after I commission, they will always be a great source of support for me."
  • Elizabeth Scalf '23 U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Elizabeth Scalf '23
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    “I came in thinking I want to be an officer in the U.S. Air Force. I was an active cadet in U.S. Air Force ROTC program for my first year at Norwich; I went inactive (during) the Study Away program, which let me have an internship with Customs and Border Protection in Washington, D.C. After this internship, I decided to go non-pursuing, but still have the (option) to go to Officer Training School after graduating. … I am now pursuing a job in a ‘three-letter’ agency or in the private sector once I graduate.”
  • Yoomide Millar '25 U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    Yoomide Millar '25
    U.S. Air Force ROTC Student

    “I always had the love for the Air Force, and when I was looking at colleges, I wanted to join the Air Force and I wanted to join an ROTC program. And I found out about Norwich and the Corps of Cadets and I knew it was going to be better for me to join (it). … I’m not going to quit … I’m ready to meet the challenges. … I want to try my hardest and know that I did my best.”
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Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps

LOCATION

Jackman Hall, Room 103

     

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802-485-2460
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