Our mission is to Develop Quality Leaders for the Air Force and we accomplish this through an integrated training program combining academics, physical fitness, and character development. The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps has a strong tradition at Iowa State as it stood up its first cadet corps in January of 1949. Since then, we have called the Armory building our home. Cyclone Squadron has produced countless top-notch leaders who have made a difference in the world we live in today.
The third Friday of September is the remembrance day for Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA). Iowa State AFROTC completes a remembrance run from the Capital Building in Des Moines to the Memorial Union on Iowa State University's campus for a total of 33.5 miles. For the entirety of the run, we will hoist the POW/MIA and American flags proudly to honor those who have yet to return home. The AFROTC Honor Guard helps those on campus remember these men and women with a POW/MIA ceremony in Gold Star Hall, standing at attention for the entire business day.