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One of the most desired traits of an AFROTC cadet is having the willingness to serve. Our cadets not only understand that they are signing up to serve their nation as a member of the United State Air Force or United States Space Force when they graduate and commission, but also that they are called to give back to the local community. The cadets of Detachment 645 know that making the world a better place begins here and now.

Community Outreach

Detachment 645 cadets have given nearly 1000 hours of their time to various organizations around Columbus, Ohio. Some examples are:

Vets 4 Vets

The Ohio State University Vets 4 Vets organization hosted a Homeless Veteran Food Drive from May 1st through May 25th, 2012. During that time, our cadets collected over 550 canned goods to donate to the cause. To foster a spirit of competition, the cadet wing engaged in a donation challenge. The AS100 class won by donating 138 items. The event was led by Cadet Gersch.

Ronald McDonald House

The Columbus Ronald McDonald House is a temporary living facility for the families of those whose children are inpatients at any of the Columbus metropolitan hospitals. This event is led by Arnold Air Society, who perform general housekeeping on all four floors of the facility. We take pride in clearing all areas to make it a more comfortable place for the guests who are going through troubled times. Sometimes, we are blessed to be able to interact with the residents by providing words of encouragement or just a heart to listen to their stories.

Run the Race

Run the Race is an after school program for inner-city Columbus children ages 4-18. We play games, do crafts, eat and just talk with all the children. This volunteering opportunity is hosted by Arnold Air Society and provides our cadets the opportunity to provide support and inspiration to those children that come from differing troubled backgrounds.

Memorial to the Fallen

This annual 12-hour event is modeled after the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. The event is led by Arnold Air Society, but is open to the entire wing. Through this event, we honor and venerate all those that have served and fallen.