Air Force general urges cadets to be creative as future officers

Posted: Friday , 31 January 2014

TROY - An Air Force general focused on initiative and creativity with Troy University USAF ROTC cadets on Jan. 23.

Lt. Gen. David S. Fadok, president and commander of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, made the remarks during a visit with the cadets of Detachment 017. In his role at Air University, Fadok is responsible for military education, the Officer Training School and for ROTC officer commissioning.

"One of the things I hope these cadets take out of this is to show initiative in creativity when they come on active duty, and to have perseverance," he said.

Cadets were also able participate in a question-and-answer session that focused on active-duty life and the experiences they will have after they "commission." Commissioning is the formal process of becoming an active officer in the military.

"Seeing these future Air Force officers again was a pleasure," said Fadok, who last year served as the cadets' senior mentor during the detachment's field training at Maxwell AFB.

In addition to the detachment visit, Fadok met with TROY Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr., a past chairman of the Air University Board of Visitors, and toured the Troy Campus.

The cadets, who all minor in aerospace studies, will in February attend the 30th Annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition in Orlando, Fla., where they will hear from military leaders and learn more about aerospace education and technology.

To learn more about Air Force ROTC, aerospace studies, leadership studies and other learning options, visit www.troy.edu.

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Air Force Lt. Gen. David S. Fadok visited Troy University’s Air Force ROTC detachment on Jan. 23 to talk about the cadet’s transition into military life. (TROY photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)

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Air Force Lt. Gen. David Fadok interacts with Troy University’s Air Force ROTC detachment during a lunch and lecture on Jan. 23. (TROY photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)

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Air Force Lt. Gen. David Fadok describes “What I Believe,” the focus of a visit with Troy University Air Force ROTC cadets on Jan. 23. (TROY photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)