UNC Air Force ROTC, DET 590

“Global Vigilance, Reach, & Power”

Welcome to Detachment 590!

The #1 small detachment in the Air Force for 2012-2013, #1 small detachment for the southeast region for 2012-2013, 2013-2014 (back-to-back) and 2016-2017.

Det 590 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (aka Blue Heaven) invites you to take control of your future, do something amazing and join the ranks of the men and women of the United States Air Force.

Our exceptional cadets, coupled with the superior instruction and guidance from our cadre, earned Detachment 590 recognition as the best small detachment in the country by winning the 2013 “Right of Line” Award. In 2014, Detachment 590 also won – for the second year in a row – “High Flight” honors as the Southeast Region’s best small detachment. More recently, the detachment was awarded this once again for the 2016-17 academic year. These awards are presented annually to the Air Force ROTC detachment which best excels in the areas of “Training, Education, Recruiting and Retention, University and Public Relations, and Cadet Activities.” Our cadet wing will continue to plan exciting events that develop leadership skills and create an environment that welcomes and encourages diversity while building camaraderie and lasting friendships. Come and join our team!

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A Message from the Det 590 Commander

Thank you for visiting the home page for Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Det 590 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We seek to fill our nation’s requirements for future Air Force leaders by providing students the opportunity to achieve their goals in an exciting and honorable profession. As a cadet you will experience training in leadership, officership, and physical fitness while gaining an understanding of Air Force life and culture. The Air Force has over 40 career fields from which to choose and assignment locations around the world.

AFROTC scholarships are available to high school seniors as well as to currently enrolled students. Please visit the main AFROTC web page for more information (http://www.afrotc.com). Non-cadet freshmen and sophomores can also enroll in an AFROTC class to check out our program with no obligation.

UNC-Chapel Hill is consistently rated one of our nation’s top public universities and a “best buy.” The combination of AFROTC and a Carolina education is hard to beat. Please contact Captain Annamaria Vesely at afrotc@unc.edu or call (919) 962-2074 for more information.


Kenneth P. Cates, Lt Col

Commander, AFROTC Det 590



Current as of 5 February 2019