In 1949, primarily through the efforts of Representative Sam Rayburn (1882-1961), the university received formal approval from W. Stuart Symington, Secretary of the Air Force, that ET would receive an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) program, specifically Detachment 830. In a letter to President Gee, Harold C. Stuart, special consultant to Secretary Symington, said the unit would be formally activated on July 1, 1949, and would begin operations in the 1949-50 academic year. From 1950 through the late 1980’s, the program produced hundreds of Air Force officers, including many pilots and navigators. The program closed in the late 1980s.
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