June 14, 2012
Two Wentworth Institute of Technology seniors were appointed as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force during a recent ceremony at Faneuil Hall. Justin Bell, BMET ’12, and Joe Nunley, BMET ’12, are Wentworth’s first commissioned Air Force Officers since the Institute joined the Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (Air Force ROTC) program at Boston University in 2007.
Bell, the first Air Force ROTC cadet at Wentworth, quickly learned how to balance a disciplined military life, college curriculum, and social life. “In addition to student demands, our lives consisted of organizing events, commander duties, participating in 6:00 a.m. training at BU, and attending professional officer training,” said Bell. “I was constantly challenged and took pride in what I was doing.”
The fascination with flight for Bell started while attending Blue Angels and Thunderbirds airshows. For Nunley, the ROTC program appeared to be the perfect way to combine his athletic ability, leadership experience, engineering education, and desire for a rewarding career.
“Wentworth was tremendously supportive and helped me balance ROTC and college life. Our courses are designed to help us become leaders, managers, and engineers, making us a triple threat and very valuable assets to the military,” said Nunley. “There is no substitute for hard work.”
Air Force ROTC students receive basic military training and officer training in addition to their college coursework, participating in regular drills during the school year and extended training activities during the summer.
They will head to their respective Air Force bases for pilot training in February 2013, and their service obligation will be ten years.