By Air University Public Affairs, Air University Public Affairs
/ Published November 05, 2021
Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. addresses attendees of the AFROTC Commanders Symposium. Brown took the time to share his experience at AFROTC Detachment 820 at Texas Tech University and his perspective on leadership. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trey Ward)
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., spoke with Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps leadership and detachment commanders Nov. 3 at the annual AFROTC symposium here.
The symposium is an annual professional development event led by AFROTC leadership to provide guidance to their 145 detachment commanders.
Brown shared thoughts on leadership and how Action Order-A on Airmen in his “Accelerate Change or Lose” approach is vital to AFROTC’s mission in developing the future officer corp.
“As ROTC detachment commanders, you are somebody to these cadets and you don’t know the impact you will have,” Brown said. “Maybe they will or won’t be the next chief of staff of the Air Force, but more importantly, you shape them in having a successful military career.”
CSAF stressed that the service needs to change to operate in the future, and this starts with educating the forces and retaining our talent. At ROTC and throughout their careers, Brown emphasized the need to develop leaders that value trust and empowerment of the people they lead.
Air Force ROTC is a national program offered at more than 1,200 colleges and universities across 47 states and Puerto Rico. AFROTC is the largest producing of Active Duty line officers with 2,188 Air and Space Force officers commissioned in Fiscal Year 2021. Through AFROTC, approximately $106M in scholarships are awarded for High School and In-College programs.