Arnold Air Society

What is Arnold Air Society?

cadets smiling in a group

AAS Mission Statement: To create outstanding Air Force Officer candidates through the implementation of additional training while working as a society to further the purpose, traditions, and concepts of the United States Air Force.

History of Arnold Air

“At summer camp in 1947, a group of AFROTC cadets from Cincinnati, Ohio discussed the possibility of an honorary society and presented their idea to Captain Nolkamper. A committee of cadets was formed to write a constitution and to find a name. The name was chosen in a unanimous decision was to honor General H. H. Arnold, one of the greatest leaders in aviation history. The permission to use his name was granted in December of 1947, with provision that the society begin on a local basis at the University of Cincinnati, with expansion of a spontaneous nature.

In April of 1948, the United States Air Force officially recognized the society.”

How do I join AAS?

To join Arnold Air Society, Tex May Squadron you must complete an 11 week training program that runs in the fall semester of every year. The training will help you become a better leader while learning many skills that will help you succeed as an Air Force officer. The training is not easy and will test you both mentally and physically. In the end you will have accomplished something to be proud of and will receive some of the best training in the nation.

Important AAS Knowledge


The colors of Arnold Air Society are red, white, blue, and yellow-orange.


“The warrior who cultivates his mind, polishes his arms.” Duc de Boufflers


The symbol of the Arnold Air Society is a pair of gold wings set to either side of a white star containing a red ball. The wings are set above two blue wreaths, bearing the inscription “Arnold Air Society.” The gold wings signify courage; the white star signifies purity; the red ball stands for the blood shed by American fighting men; the blue symbolizes the sky.


The official flower of the Arnold Air Society is the Crimson Glory Rose.

Color Guard

Color guard at attention

The Color Guard is an extracurricular activity in the Air Force ROTC that trains cadets in drill and ceremonies for Color Guard events. Military professionalism and customs and courtesies are emphasized as well, since it is the Color Guard that often represents the face of the detachment, AFROTC, and even the Air Force. Performances include university sporting events, professional basketball games, and detachment events, just to name a few.

Any cadets interested in joining Honor Guard are welcome.


Silver Wings

What is Silver Wings?

Students smiling as a group

Silver Wings is a student professional organization dedicated to developing civilian leadership skills and providing service to their community. Each chapter consists of college undergraduate and graduate students who volunteer together to help various non profit organizations within their community, increase professional skills through interaction with organizations, and have opportunities to travel across the nation gaining valuable leadership skills and experience in a professional business setting. Although we are supporters of national defense, our service products have a wide range of reach including student mentoring, health and wellness, and even assisting others with disabilities.

Unlike some organizations, Silver Wings is a self-governed organization that is run by students, from the chapter level all the way up to the national level. With minor supervision, Silver Wings works jointly with the Arnold Air Society (AAS) and the Air Force  Association (AFA) to promote leadership skills, military awareness and professional development.

While Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings are separate organizations, our strong partnership is based on highly complementary missions. The focus of the Arnold Air Society mission is to build strong officers for the United States Air Force. Silver Wings also focuses on leadership development, and both organizations work together to further each other’s goals.  Silver Wings is committed to developing strong civilian leaders with an understanding of aerospace power and has a continuing partnership between Arnold Air Society. Members of Silver Wings have in no way a commitment to serve as a members in the U.S. military.

How do I join Silver Wings?

To become a members of Silver Wings, you must first have the commitment to serve and complete Associate Member training. Associate Members attend 5-6 training days over the course of a few months that help them learn what Silver Wings is, as well as build skills to become effective civic leaders.

For addition information regarding becoming a member of Silver Wings please contact:

Captain Carmen A. Lucci Chapter
AFROTC Detachment 025
Arizona State University

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Scabbard and Blade

Cadets in swimming pool posing after exercise

Scabbard and Blade is a joint service honor society that unites cadets and midshipmen from all over the country in military excellence. The society strives to better these cadets and midshipmen as future officers and to strengthen the joint service relationship through service to the community and leadership opportunities. Exceptional students "pledge" which involves a period of evaluation of leadership skills and military knowledge. In some respects it is similar to a fraternity, with a strict honor code. Athletic activities and those that enhance military preparedness are stressed. Those who become members run activities for other ROTC students, such as training on military bases and simulated exercises.