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Chopper at Chapel Field

Helicopter Lands on Campus as Cadets Learn About Air Force Careers

By Maryland Today Staff

ROTC cadet tries on helmet in a helicopter

Photos by Stephanie S. Cordle

Air Force ROTC Cadet Rebecca Akhigbe ’22 tries on a helmet in the pilot’s seat of an Air Force UH-1 “Huey” helicopter, which landed on Chapel Field on Friday as part of UMD’s detachment’s recruiting and career day activities.

A UH-1 “Huey” helicopter whooshed in for a landing on Chapel Field on Friday afternoon, providing a fitting backdrop for the recruiting and career day activities held by the University of Maryland’s Air Force ROTC unit.

The event allowed cadets from Maryland’s Detachment 330 to speak with Air Force representatives and learn about being a pilot or other rated officer.

Due to COVID-19, the activities were limited to around 20 people, between cadets, officers and recruiters. 

ROTC members have had to get creative with events and training throughout the pandemic, said Cadet Jay Drof ’21, including taking traditionally in-person drills online to connect UMD to the detachment’s crosstown schools including George Mason, Johns Hopkins and Towson universities.

Helicopter on Chapel Field



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