Arnold Air Society Spotlight - Cadet Jordan Feliciano
Cadet Tristan Creek, Arnold Air Society (AAS) National Public Affairs Officer, recently interviewed Cadet Jordan Feliciano, who was selected as an AAS Member of the Month for his hard work and dedication to the organization. Cadet Feliciano is a sophomore AS200 at ‘THE’ Ohio State University and joined AFROTC to carry on a tradition of serving in the nation’s armed forces like his father and grandfathers did. Cadet Feliciano is currently majoring in Public Management, Leadership and Policy and hopes to commission as an Intelligence Officer.
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1. What is your most memorable accomplishment in AFROTC and/or Arnold Air Society?
I think the one that stands out to me the most is when we, as an AAS squadron, conducted a clothing drive for a local Veterans Free Store. We collected and sorted the clothes in our room of the Detachment, the only problem was that the room wasn’t big enough! We had boxes of clothes covering couches, tables and filing cabinets. We had to take multiple trips to clear out enough room so people could make their way to the back of the room. Just seeing how thankful the store was and the response we got from our Detachment was awe-inspiring.
2. What is your favorite memory from your time in Arnold Air Society?
My favorite memory would have to be our first full business session at the National Conclave (NATCON) last year. It was such an eye opening experience to see 1,000 cadets dedicated to the same principles that I hold, and it really made me buy in to all Arnold Air Society had to offer.
3. How has Arnold Air Society influenced you as a future Air Force officer and person in general?
AAS has influenced me to believe in the power of one, and also the power of the collective. As an officer, you are in a position of power where you can reevaluate, re-structure, or revitalize who you are tasked with and mold them to be even better than they were before. On the other side of the coin, though, I have seen how much of a difference even a small group of dedicated individuals working on a united front can accomplish.
4. Looking forward to commissioning into active duty, what are you most excited about?
I’m looking forward to learning a lot. Sure, you learn a lot during ROTC, OTS, or at the Academy, but the real test comes when you pin on those “butter bars” and start doing things. I have always been someone who craves knowledge and learning, so starting from the bottom really gives you an opportunity to soak everything up and learn to be the best you can be.
5. Do you have any big plans or things you would like to accomplish in Arnold Air Society in the near future?
Not to spoil anything, but I’ve been working on a Joint National Project (JNP) bid for NATCON, held this year in Orlando, April 14-18, so I’m really excited about that and hope it’s a smashing success.