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Cadets marching and shouting cadence while in formation during a Saint Thomas homecoming parade.

Department of Aerospace Studies

Air Force ROTC Detachment 410

About us

The University of St. Thomas is proud to host the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Detachment 410 and its associated Department of Aerospace Studies. Air Force ROTC is an active-duty commissioning program designed to prepare students to assume leadership positions in the U.S. Air Force and Space Force upon graduation.

Cadets work toward their degree as full-time college students while completing associated educational and military training concurrently throughout the academic year. Ultimately, cadets will commission as Second Lieutenants and begin their careers in the Air Force and Space Force.

Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see detachment updates throughout the year. Contact us to schedule a visit as well!

cadets practicing color guard

Det 410

Additional AFROTC videos can be found at the Holm Center AFROTC page.

Building Leaders of Character

Whether you are a Tommie or attending one of our many cross-town affiliated universities or colleges, you will complete the St. Thomas aerospace studies minor along with your chosen major. There are training requirements for students who wish to become an officer, plus eligibility standards that must be met. Contact us for more information.

Prospective Cadets – What You Need to Know

If you are interested in becoming a cadet in Detachment 410, it is important to understand the commitments of the program and life after commissioning.

A group of cadets walk past Saint Thomas McNeely Hall.

Your Commitment

A typical week includes up to seven hours of program activities. There is no commitment to the military until the start of your second or third year in the program.

Cadet Life
Four cadets pose in front of a classroom of fellow cadets in Saint Thomas John Roach Center.

Air Force ROTC Curriculum

The four mandatory components of the training curriculum are aerospace studies courses, leadership laboratory, physical training and field training.


Cross-Town Schools

While St. Thomas is the "host school" for Air Force ROTC Detachment 410, there are many other universities and colleges in the area you may attend while also participating in the program. Contact us to learn more about our cross-town schools and life as a cross-town cadet.

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All classroom academic instruction is taught by active-duty military officers to ensure you'll receive first-hand knowledge and experience necessary to be a successful leader after graduation.

Lieutenant Colonel Leah Meyer

Lt Col Leah M. Meyer

Lieutenant Colonel Meyer, Professor and Chair of Aerospace Studies and Commander of Detachment 410, is dual qualified in Aircraft Maintenance and Contracting, and most recently served as Executive Officer for the Deputy Assistant Secretary (Contracting), Pentagon, Washington D.C.

Lt Col Leah M. Meyer
Major Johnson Mitchell Johnson

Maj Mitchell Johnson

Major Johnson, Assistant Professor and Operations Officer, is dual qualified in Aircraft Maintenance and Acquisitions Program Management and recently led government oversight of a leading aerospace defense company with a portfolio value of $5.1B in aircraft production contracts.

Maj Mitchell Johnson
Capt Matthew R. Larson

Capt Matthew R. Larson

Captain Larson, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies and Recruiting Officer, is a special operations pilot and recently served as Flight Safety Officer and MC-130J Evaluator Pilot at the 27th Special Operations Wing, Cannon AFB, NM.
Capt Matthew R. Larson
Captain Kristina Corcoran

Capt Kristina Corcoran

Captain Corcoran, Assistant Professor and Operations Flight Commander, is a Nuclear Missileer Officer where she recently led 15 missile crew officers, as a Flight Commander, in order to ensure the wing maintains combat capable and unit readiness warfighters.

Capt Kristina Corcoran

Get in Touch

Have a question or want to discuss the program in more detail? We're here to help! Contact us today for inquires or to schedule a visit!

Tel: 651-962-6320
Email: afrotc410@stthomas.edu
Fax: 651-962-6332


Mailing Address:

AFROTC Detachment 410/RO
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue, Mail #5016
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096

Campus Location:

Our offices are located in the lower level of Murray-Herrick Campus Center,
Room #4

Current as of 10/13/2023