AFROTC alum lands job with Whiting-Turner

Bryan Evangelista, front row left, who graduated from SJSU in Dec. 2014 with a engineering degree and was an Air Force ROTC cadet, has been working with the Whiting-Turner contracting group at Stanford University on a infrastructure upgrade.

Bryan Evangelista, front row left, who graduated from SJSU in Dec. 2014 with a engineering degree and was an Air Force ROTC cadet, has been working with the Whiting-Turner contracting group at Stanford University on a infrastructure upgrade.

Bryan Evangelista, a San José State University civil engineering graduate (’14) and Air Force ROTC cadet who was commissioned in Dec. 2014, has been interning with Whiting-Turner since summer 2014. Lt. Col. Douglas Lomsdalen, the chair of Aerospace Studies in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, helped him work with his schedule to allow him to intern with Whiting-Turner, where he was assigned to the Stanford Building Conversion and Piping Team in Palo Alto.

Evangelista has been hired on as a full-time employee with the company in January and he will continue his work with the company until he enters active duty as an Air Force Civil Engineer at Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina later this year.

His team worked on converting legacy steam systems to hot water systems in mechanical rooms across the private university’s campus. The team was identified as the Whiting-Turner team of the quarter for the fourth quarter of 2014.

According to a newsletter from Whiting-Turner, the team worked in 42 different mechanical rooms at once and installed 20 miles of underground pipe.

Air Force ROTC students recognized for achievements

On Nov. 22, two San José State University Students and Air Force ROTC Cadets were recognized during the Air Force Association (AFA) – Tennessee Ernie Ford Chapter 361’s 34th Annual Awards Banquet. Gavril Torrijos, a Meteorology major received, the AFA Cadet Community Service Award for his numerous hours contributed to various community service activities such as Habitat for Humanity and local area clean-up efforts.  Additionally, Torrijos has a passion for music and teaching. He volunteered his time to prepare high school marching bands for competitions.

Stephen Rose, an Aerospace Engineering major, was awarded the AFA Outstanding Cadet Award. The award is given to the cadet who demonstrates the highest level of maturity, intellect and academic achievement. Rose is an active member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was recognized last semester for his scholastic, community and engineering endeavors by the Society of American Military Engineers.

In addition, on Dec. 4, the Silicon Valley Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) Chapter awarded two scholarships to deserving cadets enrolled in the Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) program at San Jose State University.  The scholarships, presented to SJSU students Henry Salazar and Steven Wong, totaled $1,000 for use towards tuition, books or other college expenses.  Bob Moorhead, chapter president, and Bob Landgraf presented the awards during the AFROTC Detachment 045 Fall Dining-Out.  The Fall Dining-Out is the Cadet Wing’s formal event of the school year where more than 175 cadets, friends and family celebrate their achievements of the semester.  The guest speaker, Colonel Matthew Lupone, Commander, Defense Contract Management Agency in Sunnyvale, spoke to the Cadet Wing about leadership characteristics they should possess to be effective on active duty.

SJSU push-ups raise money for vets

San José State University’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 045 will host a fundraiser event for “The Boot Campaign.” Participants will raise money by doing push ups for the charity that supports wounded, disabled and killed in action veterans and service members on May 17, from 1-3 p.m. on the lawn near the SJSU Associated Student House.

During the event, which coincides with Armed Forces Day, teams across the United States will complete as many pushups as they can in 90 seconds. The local team has already raised $9,105, according to their online website. Donations are still being accepted and interested participants can still join their team by visiting: http://www.crowdrise.com/detachment045.

SJSU Air Force ‘Warriors’ take home trophy

In March, cadets from Air Force ROTC Detachment 045 participated in the Warrior Challenge and went home champions against their rivals at Fresno State University in a fierce competition at Spartan Stadium. The cadets competed in events such as football, soccer, ultimate Frisbee and capture the flag.

Cadet Wing Commander Monica Tran, left, and Lt. Col. Douglas Lomsdalen pose with a trophy from the 2014 Warrior Challenge.

Cadet Wing Commander Monica Tran, left, and Lt. Col. Douglas Lomsdalen pose with a trophy from the 2014 Warrior Challenge.

Since 1996, the San José State University cadets have competed in the Northern California Warrior Challenge against students from California State University, Sacramento, University of California, Berkley and Fresno, according to a newsletter from the cadets.

Cadet Wing Commander Monica Tran was pleased she and her teammates were able to bring the trophy home after losing it last year to Fresno.

“I think it’s every Wing Commander’s dream to bring home the WC trophy,” she said in an Air Force newsletter after the event, “mainly because every Cadet Wing commander wants the opportunity to leave behind their legacy. With our victory, I feel extremely proud to be a Det 045 Warrior.”

The SJSU AFROTC team, which is part of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, took first place in soccer and Frisbee, with a spring relay as the tie breaker with Fresno, which took first place in football and capture the flag.

 

SVC Armed Forces association awards three cadet scholarships

In December, the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association awarded three scholarships to deserving cadets enrolled in the Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) program at San José State University. The program, coordinated through the Aerospace Studies department is part of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts.

The three students who received scholarships included: Harman Purewal, a criminology major; Frank Rosette and Calvin Craig, both aviation/flight operations majors. The scholarships totaled $2,000 for the three students to use toward tuition, books or college-related expenses.

Bob Moorhead, the chapter president, and Bob Landgraf presented the awards during the AFROTC Detachment 045 Fall Dining-Out event. The Fall Dining-Out is the Cadet Wing’s formal event of the school year where more than 175 cadets, friends and family celebrate their achievements of the semester.

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed served as the keynote speaker. He spoke to the cadets about leadership and the characteristics they should possess to be effective on active duty.

The Silicon Valley Chapter of Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association presented three SJSU Air Force cadets with scholarships in December.

The Silicon Valley Chapter of Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association presented three SJSU Air Force cadets with scholarships in December.