Cadet Ethan Rodgers awarded Pilot Slot by USAF

Ethan Rodgers, Belhaven College juniorEthan Rodgers, Belhaven College junior, has been awarded a coveted Air Force Pilot slot through Air Force ROTC Detachment 6 at Jackson State University. He is the first-ever cadet from the JSU AFROTC program to achieve this great honor.

Ethan was boarded by an Air Force Officer panel of senior officers within the AFROTC program, and more notably, he was chosen in the first round of selections. In order to attain this competitive honor (only 61.5% of applicants were chosen this year), Ethan underwent an intensive 4-weeks of Field Training at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama during the summer. This rigorous program involved physical conditioning, weapons training and survival training. He also had to pass a written AF Officer Qualifying test and the AF hand eye coordination test.

A Communication major with an emphasis in Electronic Communication, Ethan was a member of the Belhaven Baseball team from 2006-2008, and he has also been named to the Dean’s List for the past five semesters. He has also been awarded a 4-year AF ROTC scholarship. Following his May 2010 graduation from Belhaven, he will immediately become a commissioned officer in the USAF and proceed to flight training.

Belhaven College has a cross-town agreement with JSU, which enables Belhaven students to participate in the AFROTC program offered there. Other Belhaven students involved in this unique opportunity include Cadets Daniel Bond, Stephan Fernandez, Thomas Kazey, and Constance Greer. For more information about Detachment 6 at JSU, visit http://www.jsums.edu/afrotc.


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