Air Force ROTC

Developing Citizens of Character, Dedicated to Service

Welcome to Detachment 790!

Our mission, like all Air Force ROTC units, is to develop leaders of character for tomorrow's Air Force and Space Force!


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Detachment 790 is located in Nashville, Tennessee at historic Tennessee State University.

The State of Tennessee Historical Commission established a historical marker at Tennessee State University to document the roots of Reserve Officer Training at the university. Since its founding in 1919, the unit has evolved into a diversity rich organization whose members are dedicated to being military officers. In February of 1951, the United States Air Force established a Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps detachment at the university under the instruction of two of the first Tuskegee Airman, Colonel Hannibal Cox and Lt Col Howard Baugh. The purpose of the program was to recruit and train Air Force and Space Force officers, and expand the community of black aviators.

The unit is currently supported by the Commander, Lt Col Stephen Cash; Assistant Professors of Aerospace Studies, Maj Jeremy Kittle and Capt Evan List; NCOIC, Personnel, TSgt Keicey Patricio; as well as NCOIC, Administration Management SSgt Alix Hicks. 

Detachment 790 is unique in that it gathers its members from Tennessee State University, as well from Austin Peay State University, Belmont University, David Lipscomb University, Fisk University, Middle Tennessee State University, Nashville State Technical College, Tennessee Technological University, Vanderbilt University, Volunteer State Community College, and Columbia State Community College.

Do You Have What It Takes?

It takes something unique to succeed in Air Force ROTC. It takes dedication. Drive. Discipline. Do you have what it takes? View requirements...

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Air Force Recruiting

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We are the United States Air Force.  Our creed, the Airman's Creed, is near and dear to all who wear the blue uniform.  It tells who we are, what we do, and why we do it.  If you are considering joining the Air Force, think about what the Airman's Creed says...

Are you up to the challenge?

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All information Current as of 28 Feb 2024