JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. –
Twenty-three cadets from The Citadel's Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 765, visited Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Oct. 22, 2014, for their "Senior Leadership Integration Seminar."
The cadets are all in their senior year of school and will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force upon their graduation.
Company grade officers from various career fields throughout JB Charleston participated in the panel discussion to give advice, tips and inside knowledge of their experiences as commissioned officers.
"This event was very beneficial for me and the other cadets," said Cadet William Wutzer, a business administration major from Sarasota, Fla. "We'll all commission as officers in May (2015), so the opportunity to get first-hand accounts of what it's like from the subject matter experts is going help us all succeed in the future."
Wutzer is scheduled to enter pilot training upon graduation from The Citadel.
Day in and day out, The Citadel instructors prepare cadets for their upcoming Air Force careers.
However, according to Col. John Columbo, AFROTC Det. 765 commander, it's very constructive to reinforce the information given to them in the ROTC program by officers at JB Charleston.
"This was a highly successful experience," said Columbo. "The young officers were able to talk with the cadets about their leadership challenges, lessons they've learned along the way and how to transition successfully at their first duty assignment."