AFROTC Organizations

Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings


Arnold Air Society (AAS) is a professional, honorary service organization advocating the support of aerospace power. The service aspect is perhaps the foremost in the mind of many members, because of the society’s continuing contributions to our campuses, our communities, and our corps. However, it should always be remembered that our primary mission is to improve ourselves as future Air Force officers.

Brief History

Arnold Air Society’s history reaches back more than 50 years to its founding at the University of Cincinnati in 1947, and Silver Wings (SW) traces its legacy to the founding Angel Flight at the University of Omaha in 1952. Our organizations have been steadfast partners ever since, striving to build outstanding airmen and civilian leaders who have an understanding of the importance of aerospace power to our nation.

AAS & SW at Syracuse University

You will recognize current members with blue and gold shoulder cords as well as an AAS rank pin above the name tag on their service uniforms. Feel free to ask us any questions you may have as we’ll be more than proud to oblige. Every cadet, non-cadet, or civilian, is highly encouraged to join Arnold Air Society or Silver Wings

Col Eileen M. Collins Syracuse Drill Team ‘The Blue Stars’

“To further develop cadets in their understanding of drill & ceremonies and present greater opportunities to excel.” This is the mission of the Blue Stars, founded in 2011. The team is named after the first female NASA space shuttle commander and a graduate of Syracuse University’s AFROTC program: Colonel Eileen Collins.

The standard for all members of the Drill Team is PERFECTION. Each member demonstrates excellent bearing and sets the example for his or her peers. All members exhibit the highest level of professionalism, teamwork, discipline, and respect. These cadets are motivated to succeed because esprit de corps is vital to the success of this team.

The Blue Stars practice both armed and unarmed drill for exhibition and regulation events. There is also a Blue Stars Color Guard, which is responsible for presenting the colors at SU athletic events and is available for events upon request. If interested, please contact the Detachment at (315) 443-2461.

National Society of Pershing Rifles

PR CrestThe National Society of Pershing Rifles is a military fraternal organization originally established as a drill company. The scope of activities conducted by Pershing Rifles Company F-8 at Syracuse has expanded to include basic military and survival skills, leadership and team building, and social functions.

Pershing Rifles is nationally organized as a military fraternity open to both men and women. Entry into the Brotherhood is contingent upon completion of a pledge period–the Pershing Rifles Indoctrination Process–similar to Greek fraternities, but focused on development of qualities and values of a professional armed forces officer.

Syracuse’s Company F-8 has a rich history of drill and tactical training reaching well into the 1960s. Many of Syracuse’s most distinguished military graduates have been members of the Company.

Members of the Pershing Rifles wear the distinctive purple and white shoulder cord with silver and gold tip and the blue P/R rank shield.

Any student interested in gaining a more in-depth knowledge of military subjects is encouraged to join.