Our first Cadet of the week goes to C/Birnideli!

“I joined AFROTC because I want to do something that matters in my life. Being an officer for the Air Force is a great way to do something that will make a difference.

My goal is to be Pararescueman in the Air Force for a similar reason I want to be in the Air Force in general. I want to make the biggest difference I can and Pararescueman is one of the ways I can do that.  Outside of ROTC I am a mechanical engineer major and I am on the club dodge ball team.”



As part of the University of Kentuky's annual Heroes Day tradition, Detachment 290 presented the pregame field-sized flag ceremony in conjunction with the UK Army ROTC Wildcat Battalion last Saturday, 7 September 2019.  The Flying Wildcats also hosted a family tailgate outside Barker Hall before the game. 

The activities kicked off with a display retreat ceremony lead by cadets, which allowed their parents to observe how the wing conducts operations.  After the flag was  retired by the Flying Wildcat Honor Guard, the cadets and their families enjoyed a delicious tailgate barbeque courtesty of the Flying Wildcats Booster Club.  Cadets, families, and cadre were all able to mingle and discuss life in ROTC and more during the afternoon's festivities.  Cadets then transitioned to Nutter Field House, where they joined members of the Wildcat Battalion to prepare for the flag

Air Force ROTC Detachment 290 is holding New Student Orientation on the following dates: All High-School Scholarship students - August 22, 2019 Non-Scholarship students - August 23, 2019 Students must first sign up for AFS 111 and AFS 112 in order to receive more information on the New Student Orientation dates and times.  Once the student has signed up, they will receive an email detailing the time, location and required documents needed prior to attending the orientation. For more information, please contact the Detachment at 859-257-7115 or email us at 

By Madison Dyment and Jenny Wells

Buss is the Detachment 290 (DET 290) commander and aerospace studies department chair in the UK College of Arts and Sciences.

The University of Kentucky community is celebrating Women’s History Month. Throughout March, UKNow will feature the women — past and present — on whose shoulders we stand and whose hard work has made our achievements possible. With a combination of fierce resolve and deep compassion, UK women have left indelible marks on our university. Join us as we highlight these #WomenOfUK.

Coming into a new state, a new school and a new position may seem a daunting task for many, but Lt. Col. Katie Buss of the U.S. Air Force is far from the average person.

Following a fulfilling career in the U.S. Air Force, Buss has recently found her new perch at UK’s ROTC program, where she


November 17, 2018

On November 17th, The Air Force ROTC Cadets honored Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA) by running 29 Miles from the University of Kentucky Campus to The Vietnam War Memorial in Frankfort, Kentucky.

It’s an early morning for the cadets as they report for duty at 5:30 a.m. to stretch and form up. They head off on their long journey by 6 a.m. The entirety of the run takes around 6 hours. Cadets run at an average 6 mph pace rotating out runners while others rest on the bus. However, every year, a group of cadets decides to honor those who have come before by running the entire distance without stopping or resting. All cadets finish the run by completing the last 2 miles. These cadets run this final distance in high spirits with a motorcycle escort from Chapter 5 of The Rolling Thunder.


By Madison Dyment

After being awarded with the International Affairs Officer of the Year accolade as the cap of an extensive and successful military career, it’s hard to see how one could climb higher. Further, while coming into a new state, a new school and a new position may seem a daunting task for many, but Lt. Colonel Katie Buss of the U.S. Air Force is far from the average person.

Riding off a fulfilling career in the U.S. Air Force, Buss has recently found her new perch at UK’s ROTC program, where she is the DET 290 Commander and Aerospace Studies Department Chair under the College of Arts and Sciences. This DET is comprised of approximately 120 cadets, with an additional five staff.

Despite numerous relocations and traveling to between 60-70 countries, this is Buss’ first experience living in Kentucky. She is presently settling into Lexington with her


By Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser

Hundreds of Wildcats served in the military before becoming UK students. Here are a few of their stories in honor of Veterans Day this Saturday, Nov. 11. To all those who have served our country to preserve our freedom — thank you. 

 Andrew Hatfield, Accounting

As a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Andrew Hatfield, from Somerset, Kentucky, traveled to 13 different countries on various deployments.

"I really enjoyed it," Hatfield said. "I made some of the best friends I've ever had and it was just overall a wonderful experience."

But after several years of service, Hatfield had a new goal in mind — earning a degree in accounting from the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Since arriving on campus, he says UK's Veterans Resource Center (VRC) has helped him make the transition from


By Kathy Johnson

What is the proper way to dispose of an American flag? You can find out this week as University of Kentucky Air Force ROTC cadets conduct a flag retirement ceremony at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in front of UK's Main Building.

A special uniformed Honor Guard detail will execute the official disposal of two worn flags — one that flew outside the UK's Main Building and another that was given to the ROTC for retirement.

"A flag retirement ceremony is steeped in honor, decorum and tradition," said ROTC Cadet Dawson Godby, commander of the ceremony.

The ceremony will include cutting and burning the flag in a specific, methodical manner that will be explained by an announcer. Each flag will be disposed of separately.

Per the U.S. Code as it pertains to the flag: "The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no


By Kathy Johnson

On this 16th anniversary of 9/11, the University of Kentucky Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC programs are remembering those who died in the tragic terrorist attacks that rocked the nation. 

Master Sgt. Christopher Mcluckie says UK ROTC cadets in dress uniform are placing small flags in memory of each of the nearly 3,000 victims of 9/11 on the front lawn of UK's Main Building facing South Limestone.  From a podium, cadets will also read the name of each victim throughout the day.

A large flag has also been erected, and a cadet is continually marching in front of the flag carrying a replica rifle until all names have been read.

An annual event, the vigil began at the exact time that the attacks began, 8:42 a.m. and will continue


By Lori Minter

The University of Kentucky has released its Dean's List for the spring 2017 semester.  A total of 6,412 students were recognized for their outstanding academic performance. 

To make a Dean’s List in one of the UK colleges, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.6 or higher and must have earned 12 credits or more in that semester, excluding credits earned in pass-fail classes.  Some UK colleges require a 3.5 GPA to make the Dean’s List.

The full Dean's List can be accessed by visiting:

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how


By Lori Minter

A record number of students made the University of Kentucky Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester. The 7,408 students were recognized for their outstanding academic performance.  That's an increase of more than 200 over the previous record reached in fall 2015 when the number of students on the UK Dean's List surpassed 7,000 for the first time.  Last semester's Dean's List includes over 700 more students than the spring 2016 semester's list.

To make a Dean’s List in one of the UK colleges, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.6 or higher and must have earned 12 credits or more in that semester, excluding credits earned in pass-fail classes.  Some UK colleges require a 3.5 GPA to make the Dean’s List.

The full Dean's List can be accessed by visiting


By Samantha Ponder

Air Force ROTC cadets of the 290th Cadet Wing at the University of Kentucky will run from Lexington to Frankfort — 29 miles — this Saturday, Nov. 12, for the annual POW/MIA Run to honor the sacrifices of the nation's prisoners of war and those still missing in action.  

The group of runners also includes Air Force ROTC faculty and cadets of the University of Louisville and Team Red White and Blue. Runners will depart from Barker Hall on the UK campus at 6 a.m. and finish at the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Frankfort.  The route will take runners on Old Frankfort Pike, where community volunteer organizations, such as JROTC, Civil Air Patrol, Boy Scouts of America and more, will provide water stations along the way.   "The POW/MIA Run is not just a run to remember, it's a run so that we never forget the torture, the pain, the

The University of Kentucky Air Force ROTC Detachment 290 cadets commemorated POW/MIAs this past weekend with an annual 29-mile run from Lexington to Frankfort, Kentucky.

More than 100 AFROTC cadets and faculty from UK and the University of Louisville participated in the run along Old Frankfort Pike, including 18 cadets who ran the entire 29 miles. The Kentucky State Police, the Air Force Association, Boy Scouts of America Troop 457, Turning Point Church, Civil Air Patrol, Scott County JROTC, and the Navy Sea Cadets supported the runners along the route.

“We don't do this run for personal glorification, but in honor and remembrance of prisoners of war and of our comrades missing in action,” said Cadet Colonel Audrey Cochran, Cadet Wing Commander and UK senior. “The sacrifice we made as cadets by running those 29 painful miles will never parallel the sacrifice made by


By Katie Pratt

(March 25, 2015) — This summer, military families can have a great bonding experience at one of three Kentucky camps aimed at strengthening family ties in a fun-filled atmosphere.

The camps are part of two grants that the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service received from the U.S. Department of Defense and Kentucky’s System to Enhance Early Development. This year’s camp offerings are:

·         The “MAMMOTH” Military Family Adventure- June 12-14; Mammoth Cave Hotel in Mammoth Cave

·         Robinson Forest Military Family Early Childhood Adventure- June 26-28; UK’s Robinson Forest in Jackson

·         Live Your Adventure Military Family Camp- July 10-12;

Cadet carries flag during a previous POW/MIA Run

by Kathy Johnson

(Nov. 5, 2014) —

Photo c. 1915-20 of UK science lab.

by Gail Hairston 

(Sept. 30, 2014) — More than an “s” has been added since the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Science was created in 1908 with only seven faculty members. In fact there was a College of Arts and Science even before the institution was named the University of Kentucky; the institution was called the State University, Lexington, Kentucky (previously Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky and State College) until 1916.

In those 106 years, several of today’s largest colleges were birthed from the original College of Arts and Science’s former programs, including today’s College of Education, College of Communication and Information, College of Social Work and College of Fine Arts.

The college grew quickly under the inspiration and commitment of President James Patterson, whose statue now graces the plaza next to the


Air Force ROTC prepares young men and women to become leaders in the Air Force, but it also offers so much more. You will grow as an individual both mentally and physically while participating in the rigorous training program. While a cadet, you will develop lifelong friendships and will experience many unique opportunities; not many people can say they have flown in a C-130 or been on Air Force 2, the vice president’s aircraft. Cadets in AFROTC also participate in university events such as intramural sports, Dance Blue Marathon, presenting the colors at sporting events, and many more. By attending the program, you will acquire strong leadership skills that will benefit you in any career field you choose. There are even some opportunities to earn scholarships to put you through college.  However, scholarship or not, you’ll have a position waiting for you after graduation in the


The 290th Cadet Wing has alumni around the world in almost every career field the Air Force has to offer. The possibilities are endless and this ROTC program gives us the skills and training we need to get there. The cadets preparing to commission this May will be entering a wide variety of career fields from pilot, to logistics readiness officer, to missile launch officer. With these varied careers also comes many different places around the world they will be stationed. A few locations the senior cadets are going: Texas, California, Alaska, and even Japan. What we can say for sure is that the alumni of the 290th Cadet Wing will continue to surprise us with their success in the numerous ways they serve our country.

- Cadet Erin Jewell


For the cadets of the 290th Air Force ROTC Cadet Wing, there was something different about March 13th. They were not marching in formation or standing at attention as they normally do. Instead, they found themselves climbing rope ladders and crossing bridges over thirty feet in the air. But how did they wind up in this situation and why were they doing it?

Asbury University, located in Wilmore, KY, offers a challenge course designed to push individuals and teams out of their comfort zones in order to build confidence in themselves and others around them. In the profession of arms, a future officer can really benefit from that confidence. “It was a great change of pace from the regular Lead Lab,” Cadet Matthew Lillard said of the event. “It was really good for morale and overall camaraderie of the Cadet Wing. It brought us all together.”

Activities like the


by Whitney Hale

(April 8, 2014) — "Reel to Real: Special Collections at the Movies," the University of Kentucky Special Collections Library's film series, will close this year with a screening of "Our Day," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Worsham Theater in the UK Student Center. The film series explores celebrated movies through a historically accurate perspective based on primary source materials found in Special Collections. The screening is free and open to the public.

“Our Day” is a short 1938 documentary about the Kelly family of Lebanon, Ky. Filmed by Wallace Kelly, the home movie looks at a day in the life of the family.

Movie topics


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