AAS Candidate Information

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The Arnold Air Society (AAS) is a national, professional, honorary organization. The Emory P. Bass Squadron at Valdosta State University is one of many AAS squadrons throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The mission of AAS consists of three interrelated objectives which enhance the AFROTC and the United States Air Force (USAFA) Academy commissioning programs. These programs project the U.S. Air Force image on campus and in the community.

Red - For those who have died to give us what we have today, and for those who will die in the future. 
Blue - For the sky in which we fly.
White - For the purity of our intent, loyalty to comrades, and determination in preserving the strength of our nation
Yellow-orange - For the wings that hold us aloft. 

Motto: "The warrior who cultivates his mind, polishes his arms." 

Official Flower: Crimson Glory Rose 

Definition of Integrity 
Integrity is essential. It's the inner voice, the source of self-control and the basis for the trust that is imperative in today's military. It's doing the right thing when nobody's looking. 

Sir, Sir is a subservient word surviving from the surly days of old Serbia when certain serfs, too ignorant to remember their master's names, yet too servile to offend them, circumvented the situation by the surrogating of the subservient word 'Sir' by which I now belatedly address a certain senior cirriped who correctly surmised that I was syrupy enough to say 'Sir' after every word I said, Sir. 

Founding Dates of Services:
Army - 14 Jun 1775 
Navy - 13 Oct 1775
Marines - 10 Nov 1775
Air Force - 18 Sep 1947

Important Objectives 

Create a more efficient relationship among Air Force officer candidates: 
Provides opportunities for greater interaction among collegiate level Air Force officer candidates. Encourages increased communication with Air Force Officers and leaders in national defense, government, industry, business leaders, as well as the Air Force Association (AFA). 

Aid in the development of effective Air Force Officers: Provides additional leadership, organizational, and public relation opportunities and significant leadership challenges while still in AFROTC. Provides opportunities to participate in campus and community service activities: Demonstrates cooperative relationships between civilian and military organizations. 

Further the purpose, traditions, and concepts of the United States Air Force: Provides opportunities for officer candidates to participate in campus and community service activities, demonstrating the close relationship between civilian and military institutions. Continuing the education of the history of today's Air Force. Honor those who have made contributions to our country and its military services through dedication, patriotism and hard work.

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