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Ohio University Air Force ROTC earns awards

Published: November 13, 2019 Author: Staff reports

The United State Air Force has announced two awards for Ohio University Air Force ROTC Detachment 650.

Ohio University Air Force ROTC Detachment 650’s Master Sgt. Heather Sutton has been selected as the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) of the Year for all of the Air Force ROTC detachments across the United States. This award recognizes officers who excel in their positions as personnel specialists and who have gone above and beyond in their roles helping to shape the next generation of Air Force officers.

Master Sgt. Sutton
​ Master Sgt. Heather Sutton ​

Sutton enlisted in the Air Force in 2000 and has been part of the Detachment 650 team at Ohio University since May 2017. She manages all personnel programs for the Detachment 650 cadets and assists with their transition into their military careers.

“Master Sgt. Sutton is an outstanding SNCO who dedicates her career to helping others succeed,” said Lt. Col. Layla Sweet. “She is truly deserving of this award, as she dedicates numerous hours to supporting Ohio University’s Detachment 650 cadets in their paths to becoming outstanding leaders.”  Earlier this year, Sutton was recognized as Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for the Northeast Region.

Arquimedes Segarra-Ibañez, a senior at Ohio University and Air Force ROTC cadet, was awarded “#1 Cadet Training Assistant (CTA) of Field Training,” out of 150 other CTAs. This award recognizes the expert leadership and dedication to the training and mentorship of cadets during Field Training, a rigorous military training camp for Air Force cadets to become officers.

Cadet Ibanez
Cadet Arquimedes Segarra-Ibañez

“Cadet Ibanez is truly passionate about his role as a mentor and he sets an example among his peers by giving 100% to helping Ohio University AFROTC cadets grow as leaders,” Lt. Col. Sweet said. “This award is a result of the countless hours he has dedicated to the shaping of future Air Force Officers.”

Detachment 650 has 49 cadets enrolled in the program. The Detachment has partnered with Ohio University since 1948, one year after the Air Force was formed, to produce high quality young officers for the United States Air Force.

At Ohio University, ROTC programs are housed in University College. For more information about Air Force ROTC Detachment 650, visit the Ohio University Air Force ROTC website or email afrotc650@ohio.edu.

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