The Silver Talons Drill Team is an extra curricular organization within AFROTC Det 685 at Oregon State University.

The team has a rigorous training schedule. They train for a minimum of three hours each week in Armed Regulation and Exhibition Drill as well as Color Guard Procedures. The team marches in local parades in the area each year and competes in exhibition drill nationally in California near the end of the WinterTerm. To get the team's name out in the local community and recruit for AFROTC, they perform exhibition drills at local high schools and at military organization events. They perform a Color Guard Ceremony at each AFROTC Leadership Laboratory. Besides drill, they are involved in many fundraising activities to raise money for equipment and events the team will be involved in.


The Silver Talons Drill Team has a long standing presence at Det. 685. Their presence dates back to near the the beginning of the detachment.

The team originated back in the 1960s. It was originally named the Silver Wings Drill team. The team later changed the name to Silver Talons Drill Team because of the Arnold Air Society using the name "Silver Wings" for one of its sub-organizations. The team was created to perform exhibition drill for the purpose of AFROTC recruitment and drill competition.

In the recent years the drill team exists primarily for Cadet Personal Development and AFROTC recruitment. In 2012 the team participated in the the Southern California Invitational Drill Meet and successfully returned with a 1st place overall in the category of Full Armed Flight Exhibition. The team acts as a recreational group when not preparing for competition and with increased funding and interest, the team has grown into the organizational power house that it is today.

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Chains of Command

Defense Department Chain of Command

Commander in Chief: President Barack Hussein Obama II
Secretary of Defense: Honorable Ash Carter
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: General Joseph Dunford

Air Force Chain of Command

Secretary of the Air Force: Honorable Deborah Lee James
Air Force Chief of Staff: Gen. Davind Goldfein
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force: CMSAF James A. Cody
Commander, AETC: Lt General Darryl Roberson
Commander, Air University: Lt. Gen. Steven L. Kwast
Commander, Holm Center: Brig. Gen. Steven D. Garland
Commander, AFROTC: Col. Sherry L. Stearns-Boles
NW Region Commander: Col. Paul M. Kucharek
Professor of Air Force Studies: Lt. Col. Warren B. Brainard
Operations Flight Commander: Capt. Jeremy McMullen

Code of Conduct

Article I: I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.
Article II: I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.
Article III: If I am captured, I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.
Article IV: If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.
Article V: When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.
Article VI: I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and the United States of America.

Important Dates

Birthday of the Air Force: 18 September 1947
D-Day: 6 June 1944
Hiroshima Bombing - "Little Boy": 6 August 1945
Nagasaki Bombing - "Fat Man": 9 August 1945

Air Force Core Values

Integrity First
Service Before Self
Excellence in All We Do

The Mission of the United States Air Force

To Fly, Fight, and Win...in Air, Space, and Cyberspace

The Air Force Vision

Global vigilance, reach, and power

AFROTC Mission

Develop Quality Leaders for the Air Force.


A highly successful organization, respected throughout the Air Force, the educational community and the nation

Cadet Honor Code

We will not lie, steal, or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does.

Air Force Song

Verse 1
Off we go into the wild blue yonder,
Climbing high into the sun;
Here they come zooming to meet our thunder,
At'em boys, giv'er the gun!
Down we dive spouting our flame from under,
Off with one Hell-uv-a-roar!
We live in fame or go down in flame,
Nothing'll stop the US Air Force!


Air Force Drill and Ceremonies Manual: AFMAN 36-2203
Army Field Manual: Army FM 22-5 (arms manual)
Air Force Dress and Appearance: AFI 36-2903
Air Force ROTC Cadet Uniforms and Insignia: AFROTCI 36-2008
Air Force ROTC Cadet Awards and Decorations: AFROTCI 36-2020

Rifle Information

M-1 Garand
Made famous by: World War II and the Korean War
Operation: Semi-automatic, gas operated
Caliber: .30
Length: 43.6 in.
Weight: 10.5 lbs.
Muzzle velocity: 2800 fps
Operational Effective Range: 440 yards

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