Cadets at the Louisiana Tech Reserve Officer Training Corps have the unique experience of working with the Department of Defense’s cutting edge research and technology.
The Cyber Innovation Center and Air Force Global Strike Command recently completed their first ROTC Cadet Training Success Program.
This program provides selected cadets with valuable hands-on experience working in cutting-edge research and technology programs, as well as contributing to unique AFGSC research-based projects.
“Our partnership is designed to enable and enable joint projects between the CIC and the Air Force, and I can think of no better example of this than the ROTC Cadets Training Success Project,” said CIC. Project Manager Melissa Nyman said. “The cadets gained valuable experience in various technical projects and the command benefited from further development of digital capabilities.”
Louisiana Tech senior cadet Justin Miller and Louisiana Tech junior cadet Norman Pritchard spent eight weeks working on various technology projects at CIC in Bossier City, Louisiana.
These projects have developed systems, concepts, and techniques to enhance areas such as data analysis, decision-making tools, advanced learning techniques, and software automation.
Miller worked with Ruby Shore Software and the Striker Airmen Coder cohort to develop a web app to simplify aircraft maintenance.
Working with CIC’s development team, Pritchard added value to existing projects that extend the Air Force’s intelligence capabilities.
Both cadets also learned about some of the Command’s Directorates while attending sessions during the Bomber Wing’s air operations.
Miller feels that participating in the program has increased his ability to dive into unfamiliar subjects and learn how to adapt and achieve them.
“As a Computer Information Systems major, learning this kind of technology was completely new to me. It was a great experience that prepared me for my future career,” said Miller. “This was exactly what I needed and made me want to do this program again.”
Pritchard says he has benefited from gaining new skills, such as coding and programming software experience, as well as real-world work experience.
“It was my first time in an office environment of this size. “I was able to get business development through meetings with leaders at Barksdale Air Force Base and conversations with development engineers on base.”