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AFROTC Detachment 560
Celebrating 70 Years at Manhattan College
On April 22, 1951, the Reserve Officers Training Corps of the Air Force (AFROTC) was formally established at Manhattan College and over 850 cadets filled the ranks of its first unit. They originally assembled in July 1951 and were designated Detachment No. 560, HQ & HQ Squadron, First Air Force, Manhattan College.
Today, AFROTC and Manhattan College share a proud heritage of serving a student population for the greater New York City area. “One of our Air Force core values is ‘service before self’,” says Lieutenant Colonel Paula A. Kelly. “That’s in line with the mission and vision of Manhattan College and how both institutions approach teaching and mentoring our students. Encouraging students to serve something bigger than themselves in support of their nation — this ideal is one that both our programs share which serve as a foundation for our partnership.”
Learn more about the rich history of AFROTC at Manhattan College.
AFROTC Detachment 560 Through the Years
1951 - 2021
See how the AFROTC program has evolved over the years.