Air Force ROTC Detachment 720 is located in central Pennsylvania at The Pennsylvania State University. Consisting of over 200 cadets, Detachment 720 strives to produce the best officers for the Air Force. Detachment 720 was recently awarded the prestigious "High Flight" recognition as the best large detachment in the Northeast Region. The criteria included best overall academic record, retention of cadets, cadet activities, university relations, community service, and innovation. This "High Flight" recognition does not come easy and not without the contributions of the cadets and cadre alike.
Founded Sep 30, 1946, Detachment 720 has been thriving for more than 60 years. The Air Force ROTC unit at Penn State has had such distinguished alumni as Colonel Guion S. Bluford, the first African American astronaut and General Robert Kehler, commander of the Air Force's Space Command. Detachment 720 was founded to train and educate the best lieutenants for the world's best Air Force which is a mission continued to this day.
Below is a quick tour of our Detachment:
Some of the most distinguished Air Force officers have walked through this inconspicuous entrance.
Many cadets choose to take advantage of our cadet training and study area. Fully equipped with computers and large tables many cadets use this area to do homework, study, or meet with other cadets.
One of the most unique parts of Detachment 720 is its cadet lounge. Here cadets can come to relax, watch tv, play pool or just hang out.
So what makes Det 720 so special? Well, it starts with the sense of being part of a team. We are a detachment over 200 students, but through activities both in and out of the ROTC environment you will build lasting friendships, be a part of a tight-knit unit, making Penn State's large campus seem a lot smaller! We also offer a wealth of opportunities both during your time in and outside of school. Whether it is earning your parachute wings, riding in an F-16, getting to visit and learn about foreign countries, or simply going paintballing over the weekend, Det 720 offers it all.