Air Force ROTC Detachment 685

Air Force ROTC Detachment 685 Since 1949, Detachment 685 has prepared Oregon State University students for service as officers in the United States Air Force.

Oregon State University (OSU), located in Corvallis, Oregon, was established in 1868 and was known as "The West Point of the West" during WWII when it produced more officers than any other school in the nation except West Point. OSU's engineering programs provide a strong base for serving the Air Force's needs for technical majors. Furthermore, OSU is one of a small number of universities nationwide to host ROTC programs for all four armed services which makes for a fertile recruiting ground for those interested in military service. Air Force ROTC Detachment 685 (The Flying Beavers) was established on July 1, 1949. Detachment 685 has a strong tradition of commissioning Lieutenants with relevant leadership experience and an informed perspective. Detachment 685 cadets become leaders through a robust Leadership Laboratory program, by taking advantage of summer programs, by participating in several joint service activities each year and by serving the local community. Detachment cadets run an extensive, optional multi-day New Student Orientation Program to acquaint new students with the Air Force and ROTC culture. The detachment's Arnold Air Society continues to set the standard for leadership and community involvement through this program. Detachment 685 is also strengthened by an alumni and local veteran base that supports the detachment in the form of endowment scholarships. Detachment 685 has a long tradition of excellence and continues to serve the needs of the Air Force by developing and commissioning quality officer candidates. In the future, Detachment 685 will continue to focus its recruiting efforts on quality and diversity of prospective students to produce the most effective officers possible.

Mission: We train prospective Air Force officers for jobs including, but not limited to, pilots, navigators, doctors, engineers, scientists and nurses. Two-, three- and four-year programs are available for motivated and capable cadets. If you succeed, you will earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the best Air Force on the planet.

06/04/2020

At Det 685, you always have someone watching your back. Check out what Bravo Flight came together to create during the Covid-19 crisis.

#weareinthistogether #bringtheteeth #afrotc

I’m proud to be in the Air Force and serve with leaders like CMSAF Wright. We cannot let this pass like so many times be...
06/03/2020

I’m proud to be in the Air Force and serve with leaders like CMSAF Wright. We cannot let this pass like so many times before without real change. - Maj Mike VanderLaan

Who am I?

I am a Black man who happens to be the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force.

I am George Floyd…I am Philando Castile, I am Michael Brown, I am Alton Sterling, I am Tamir Rice.

Just like most of the Black Airmen and so many others in our ranks…I am outraged at watching another Black man die on television before our very eyes. What happens all too often in this country to Black men who are subjected to police brutality that ends in death…could happen to me. As shocking as that may sound to some of you…I hope you realize that racism/discrimination/exclusion does not care much about position, titles or stature….so yes, it could happen to you, or one of your friends, or your Airmen, or your NCOIC, your Flight Chief, your Squadron Commander or even your Wing Commander. This, my friends, is my greatest fear, not that I will be killed by a white police officer (believe me my heart starts racing like most other Black men in America when I see those blue lights behind me)…but that I will wake up to a report that one of our Black Airmen has died at the hands of a white police officer.

As I struggle with the Air Force’s own demons that include the racial disparities in military justice and discipline among our youngest Black male Airmen and the clear lack of diversity in our senior officer ranks…I can only look in the mirror for the solution. I, the CMSAF must do better in ensuring every Airmen in our ranks has a fair chance at becoming the best version of themselves. While this is a complicated issue…I, along with every other leader across the force, am responsible for making sure it becomes a reality.

What have I been doing?

Not enough…I have done my share of community service work, been in involved in mentor programs, voted in local, state and national elections, but I’ve come to the conclusion that whatever I have done in the past is just not enough. So, I spent the last week, “plotting, planning, strategizing, organizing and mobilizing” just as Killer Mike, the popular Atlanta rapper and activist encouraged us to do. Twenty-five of my closest friends (White, Black, Asian, enlisted, officer and civilian) and I have an ongoing dialogue where we began by acknowledging our right to be angry about what is happening.

We eventually moved beyond the rage and began to think about what’s next? What could or should we be doing as a group and as individuals to stop this from happening in our communities across these United States? We don’t have all the answers, but we do have some of the most brilliant minds, many, who have first hand experience with this topic and we will continue working towards a solution. While we can’t change the world, we can change the communities we live in and more importantly, those where our Airmen strive to be seen, heard, and treated as human beings. I have also not done enough as your most senior enlisted leader…while we have made progress in many of the areas that impact our Airmen and families; I believe that we have not made much progress in this area of racial injustice and diversity among our ranks. This is why I’m working with General Goldfein, first and foremost to have a full and thorough independent review of our military justice system. We will look to uncover where the problem lies and how we can fix it. We are also working to improve the diversity of our force, especially within the senior ranks. I hope this message triggers responses and ideas from each of you on things we can do better.

What should you be doing?

Like me, acknowledge your right to be upset about what’s happening to our nation. But you must then find a way to move beyond the rage and do what you think is right for the country, for your community, for your sons, daughters, friends and colleagues…for every Black man in this country who could end up like George Floyd. Part of my group’s solution involves helping to bridge the communication and understanding gap between law enforcement and young Black men. You decide what works best for you, where you can have the most meaningful impact and most importantly, what you can stay committed to…we didn’t get here overnight so don’t expect things to change tomorrow…we are in this for the long haul. Vote, protest peacefully, reach out to your local and state officials, to your Air Force leadership and become active in your communities…we need all hands on deck. If you don’t do anything else, I encourage everyone to fight, not just for freedom, justice and equality, but to fight for understanding. You might think you know what it’s like to grow up, exist, survive and even thrive in this country as a Black person…but let me tell you, regardless of how many Black friends you have, or how Black your neighborhood was, or if your spouse or in-laws are Black…you don’t know.

You don’t know the anxiety, the despair, the heartache, the fear, the rage and the disappointment that comes with living in this country, OUR country every single day. So, take the time to talk to someone – your brand new Airmen, your NCOIC or your Flight Commander - about their experiences so that you have a better understanding of who they are, where they come from and what drives them. Frankly, you owe this to every Airmen, but I’m asking you specifically to pay attention to the Black Airmen in your ranks during this trying time. Don’t misunderstand me, they don’t need, nor do they want any special treatment…but they deserve to be treated fairly and equally, both by our United States Air Force and these United States of America…this begins with you, and I am asking, no fighting, for your understanding.

Like you, I don’t have all of the answers, but I am committed to seeing a better future for this nation. A future where Black men must no longer suffer needlessly at the hands of White police officers, and where Black Airmen have the same chance to succeed as their White counterparts. Trust me, I understand this is a difficult topic to talk about…

Difficult…not impossible…

Difficult…but necessary.

Who am I…

I am Kaleth. I am a Black Man who happens to be the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force and I am committed to making this better.

we are In This Fight Together. we Have Each Other’s Back. we are A Team. we are The Flying Beavs, and we Bring the Teeth...
04/10/2020

we are In This Fight Together.
we Have Each Other’s Back.
we are A Team.

we are The Flying Beavs, and we Bring the Teeth Every Dam Day.

#bringtheteeth
#afrotc

In Air Force ROTC, our Cadets get to experience a wide variety of real-world training environments to build their expert...
03/04/2020

In Air Force ROTC, our Cadets get to experience a wide variety of real-world training environments to build their expertise as future warfighters.

#bringtheteeth #afrotc

It's been a long Air Force Term! The Cadets of Det 685 have had a chance to grow together into a strong team 💪🏼 Take a l...
02/10/2020

It's been a long Air Force Term! The Cadets of Det 685 have had a chance to grow together into a strong team 💪🏼 Take a look at a few photos of all the things we've been able to do together! #bringtheteeth

Congratulations to C/Col Jacob Vande Griend! We look forward to a new Air Force Term with our new Cadet Wing Commander.
02/06/2020

Congratulations to C/Col Jacob Vande Griend! We look forward to a new Air Force Term with our new Cadet Wing Commander.

Our Cadets are always ready for what’s around the next corner. #bringtheteeth #AFROTC
02/01/2020

Our Cadets are always ready for what’s around the next corner. #bringtheteeth #AFROTC

Come to learn, learn to teach. Rinse, Repeat. Our Cadets are preparing to be tomorrow's premier leaders. #bringtheteeth
01/27/2020

Come to learn, learn to teach. Rinse, Repeat. Our Cadets are preparing to be tomorrow's premier leaders. #bringtheteeth

Have you ever had your knowledge put to the test? Our cadets felt the squeeze during our Open Ranks Inspection last Thur...
01/19/2020

Have you ever had your knowledge put to the test? Our cadets felt the squeeze during our Open Ranks Inspection last Thursday, showing just how dedicated they all are! #bringtheteeth

Cadets Ferns demonstrating how hyped we are for the Winter Term! Aim High! #bringtheteeth
01/11/2020

Cadets Ferns demonstrating how hyped we are for the Winter Term! Aim High! #bringtheteeth

Merry Christmas from Air Force ROTC Detachment 685! As we enjoy the holiday break, take the time to remember our troops ...
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas from Air Force ROTC Detachment 685! As we enjoy the holiday break, take the time to remember our troops serving abroad who can't come home for the holiday season. We look forward to seeing you for the next school term in a few short weeks!

Happy Holidays!  What do you think Santa does the rest of the year? There’s only one other organization that can get any...
12/18/2019

Happy Holidays! What do you think Santa does the rest of the year? There’s only one other organization that can get anywhere in the world in one night...

12/02/2019

Welcome back from Thanksgiving Break! Get ready to kick into gear for the last few weeks of the Fall Term. Let’s go Flyin Beavs! #bringtheteeth

Cadets got the chance to practice their marching skills, demonstrate leadership, and have fun together yesterday! Flight...
11/22/2019

Cadets got the chance to practice their marching skills, demonstrate leadership, and have fun together yesterday!

Flights competed in a game of “Tanks”, seeing who could march into each other and “absorb” all the other flights! #bringtheteeth

Another week of midterm evaluations at Detachment 685.•••Cadets were evaluated on all things land nav! •••This week it’s...
11/15/2019

Another week of midterm evaluations at Detachment 685.
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Cadets were evaluated on all things land nav!
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This week it’s McNary Field, but soon enough it’ll be the thicket Vigilant Warrior!
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Get your ranger beads ready FTP, next stop:

Start: McAF Flagpole
End: 100 ° - 3,451,560m

@ Oregon State University

Our sharp cadets marched in the Veteran's Day Parade yesterday in Albany! Thanks to everyone who showed up on this speci...
11/12/2019

Our sharp cadets marched in the Veteran's Day Parade yesterday in Albany! Thanks to everyone who showed up on this special day to commemorate our Veterans. #bringtheteeth

Our very own Silver Talons Drill Team prepares for the Albany Veterans Day Parade.
11/11/2019

Our very own Silver Talons Drill Team prepares for the Albany Veterans Day Parade.

On today’s Veteran’s Day, take a moment to remember the sacrifices that our fellow Americans have made. Detachment 685 t...
11/11/2019

On today’s Veteran’s Day, take a moment to remember the sacrifices that our fellow Americans have made. Detachment 685 thanks our past, present and future Veterans! Thank you for your service! #bringtheteeth

Have you ever heard of the JAG Corps? The Judge Advocate General’s Corps is the legal arm of the Air Force, as cadets fr...
11/08/2019

Have you ever heard of the JAG Corps? The Judge Advocate General’s Corps is the legal arm of the Air Force, as cadets from Detachment 685 learned on Thursday.

Many thanks to Captain Poindexter for taking the time to brief the Flying Beavs! #bringtheteeth

Det 685 cadets took this Friday to celebrate the spooky holidays with a costumed fun run! #bringtheteeth
11/03/2019

Det 685 cadets took this Friday to celebrate the spooky holidays with a costumed fun run! #bringtheteeth

This morning Detachment 685 wrapped up their AFROTC ‘midterms’ with a Physical Fitness Diagnostic.•••Throughout the past...
10/25/2019

This morning Detachment 685 wrapped up their AFROTC ‘midterms’ with a Physical Fitness Diagnostic.
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Throughout the past week, freshmen and sophomore cadets were evaluated on their drill, physical fitness and small unit competencies.
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Skill checks, like these, give cadets a solid bearing on where they stand and what they need to improve on. Checking-in and modifying one’s training and goals is an important part of success, both in college and the Air Force!
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Keep working hard Beavs, practice makes perfect and the real tests will be here before you know it!

@ Oregon State University

Touring a C-130J Super Hercules at the Corvallis airfield this morning. Look up in the sky at 4:00 and you’ll see them f...
09/28/2019

Touring a C-130J Super Hercules at the Corvallis airfield this morning. Look up in the sky at 4:00 and you’ll see them fly over for today’s OSU-Stanford football game.

Congrats to our latest group of Field Training graduates and cadre!
08/04/2019

Congrats to our latest group of Field Training graduates and cadre!

06/09/2019
It was a great day to get out in the yard and do some work. Our work is training to defend America. Bring the Teeth!Toda...
06/09/2019

It was a great day to get out in the yard and do some work. Our work is training to defend America. Bring the Teeth!

Today, the Flying Beavs spent the day at Camp Adair developing their battlefield skills. Training included operating a base entry control point, small unit tactics, patrolling, and a grueling, hill climb ruck march.

1st Place!  This weekend, the Flying Beavs won the PNW Special Warfare Airmen Competition held at Joint Base Lewis-McCho...
04/28/2019

1st Place! This weekend, the Flying Beavs won the PNW Special Warfare Airmen Competition held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The day started with the grueling Battlefield Airmen Fitness Test (BAFIT) and ended with a 4 hour ruck march, land navigation, and TACP skills course.

Thanks to our hosts, the 111th ASOS, and our worthy competitors, Air Force ROTC Detachment 910, Afrotc DET 905, and CWU Air Force ROTC Det 895.

Air Force ROTC
03/16/2019

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Cadets, if you would like to get a graduate STEM degree, contact your detachment about applying for this opportunity. The application is due in two weeks! #afrotc #stem

03/09/2019

These Flying Beavs bring the teeth! Join us next term for another self defense class.

For 2019's first Meet the Cadre, we have selected Captain Renee Bohac! Captain Bohac is our Recruitment Flight commander...
01/26/2019

For 2019's first Meet the Cadre, we have selected Captain Renee Bohac! Captain Bohac is our Recruitment Flight commander here at Detachment 685! She graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado following her dreams as a United States Air Force Officer. When asked why she wanted to be a part of the worlds greatest Air Force, Captain Bohac explained that she came from a military family and wanted to serve originally as pilot, but plans didn’t work out and she found another amazing career as a Maintenance Officer. She fell in love with the amazing and inspiring people who serve within the Air Force.
Captain Bohac’s favorite part about being from the Academy is all the training opportunities she was able to be exposed to, which includes water survival, skydiving and numerous other training programs. During her time at the Academy, she had the opportunity to visit countless bases and gain additional Air Force related skills. With the broad experience that Captain Bohac has had within the Air Force, it seemed appropriate to ask what notable experience she believes every officer candidate should have. Captain Bohac expressed that developing resilience and character is crucial to future success. Being exposed to uncomfortable and “crucible” moments help build resilience; the ability to bounce back after stressful situations, think critically under stress, and motivate your Airmen, which is especially important as a Military Officer.
When not working hard recruiting and teaching classes at Detachment 685, you can find Captain Bohac enjoying some of her favorite past times such as reading, hiking, backpacking, whitewater rafting and spending time with her two favorite dogs.
Captain Bohac is an incredible resource here at Detachment 685 with a wealth of knowledge and experience. She has already contributed and impacted so many cadets here at Detachment 685 and it's only her first year at Detachment 685. Therefore, if you ever get the chance to talk to Captain Bohac about the Air Force, I would highly recommend it!

Fun fact, her brother is a Navy Seal!

This past week Detachment 685 had an Open Rank Inspection (ORI) where cadets had their uniforms inspected to perfection ...
01/18/2019

This past week Detachment 685 had an Open Rank Inspection (ORI) where cadets had their uniforms inspected to perfection and were tested on their warrior knowledge. All of the cadets did a fantastic job and are exceeding expectations.

This past week Detachment 685 had the opportunity to hone their map reading and land navigation skills, practice makes p...
01/13/2019

This past week Detachment 685 had the opportunity to hone their map reading and land navigation skills, practice makes perfect!

01/06/2019

What a way to end the winter break! Just yesterday, Cadets Russell and Hansen experienced real air-to-air combat training in F-15Ds.

Cadet Hansen is in the first jet followed by Cadet Russell in the third. Don’t miss the last few seconds!

Thanks to the 114th Fighter Squadron and the many people at Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base for giving our Oregon State University Air Force ROTC cadets this awesome opportunity.

How do you get anywhere in the world in one night? Santa does it one night a year. The USAF does it everyday.Happy Holid...
12/25/2018

How do you get anywhere in the world in one night? Santa does it one night a year. The USAF does it everyday.

Happy Holidays!

12/04/2018

ALPHA Squadron won the last fitness competition of the 2018 with the most team sit-ups in 2 minutes!

Note: Sorry Delta, we mistakenly gave you credit for the win in the original post. You didn't. - Maj V

This week Detachment 685 participated in the Esprit De Corps to allow cadets to build some comradery and have some fun a...
11/30/2018

This week Detachment 685 participated in the Esprit De Corps to allow cadets to build some comradery and have some fun at their last Leadership Laboratory of the fall term. With a squadron run to Avery Park and playing dodgeball, you could say it was a great way to end the fall term strong!

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