Cadets in TCU Air Force ROTC were able to spend a night of tradition with their loved ones Friday during the program’s annual Dining Out ceremony.
The cadets were able to bring parents, siblings and dates to the formal dinner at the Ridglea Country Club. Senior cadet Gabbi Nesburg said the event is a great opportunity for guests to see what the program is about.
“The ROTC setting, it’s not something that you get to show your friends and family,” Nesburg said. “But Dining Out really allows us to bring our loved ones in and show them what we work so hard day in and day out for.”
The evening was particularly special for Nesburg and the other senior cadets, who received their graduation cords and enjoyed their last AFROTC event before their commissioning May 9.
“This is our last time with our unit,” Nesburg said. “It’s hard to say goodbye.”
Senior Joe Phillips, who served as the cadet wing commander this semester, thanked the cadets after dinner for their hard work this year. He encouraged them to continue that work and build strong relationships with one another.
“I’ve learned so much from all of you this year,” Phillips said. “And hopefully you’ve learned just a little nugget from me.”
The evening ended with a change of command ceremony, during which Phillips handed his role to junior cadet Jordan Butler. The role of cadet wing vice commander, which was held by Nesburg, passed to junior cadet Derrick Johnson.
Maj. Gen. Joseph Ward was the keynote speaker for the evening. After presenting the seniors with their cords, he spoke about the principles of leadership.
Ward said he was encouraged by the seniors’ accomplishments and that he expected great things from them.
“The greatest resource for the world’s greatest air force is the people,” Ward said. “And when I look at the cadets here tonight, I know the future is bright.”