National Award-Winning Air Force ROTC Detachment

  •  Right of Line Award – AFROTC’s “Best Large Det” in the nation (#1/48) for 2021
  •  CSU earned #1 ROTC University Partner Award by the US Secretary of Defense in 2021
  •  Awarded “Best Detachment” in the Northwest Region (#1/34) for four of the past five years
  •  Top 15% (#16/145) nationwide in physical training (PT) scores
  •  CSU Room & Board Stipend up to $8,000 per year for High School Scholarship recipients
  • Engaged faculty to assist and guide you through commissioning
  • Fort Collins is a great college town, consistently ranked top in the nation
  • CSU recognized as #2 in nation as “Best for Vets”, Visit CSU Student Veteran’s Organization

Diverse & Experienced Cadre

Colonel Gregg Johnson
Commander, Detachment 90
Professor of Aerospace Studies

Col Johnson is the Det 90 Commander and chairs the Department of Aerospace Studies.  He received his commission through AFROTC Det 90/Colorado State University and has over 3,600 flight hours, primarily in the C-17A Globemaster III.  He has commanded at the squadron and group levels, and served Joint tours at USTRANSCOM and the Office of the Defense Representative-Pakistan.


Major Blake "Nacho" Friend
Recruiting Officer (RO)
Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies

As the RO, Major Friend oversees all recruiting activities at Detachment 90. By trade he is an Airborne Missile Operator and Nuclear Command and Control Expert who earned his commission through AFROTC Detachment 90, right here at Colorado State University. Go Rams!

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Technical Sergeant Kalisek
Instructor & NCOIC, Administration Management

TSgt Kalisek serves as the detachment key enlisted leader and advisor to the Commander on cadet academics, military training and discipline. In addition to, they oversee personnel actions for Det 90 cadre and cadets. They have joint service and special operations experience and has lended their expertise to high level positions such as the Air Mobility Command, Command Chief Executive and deployed in support of CJTF-Horn of Africa. TSgt Kalisek earned an Associate’s Degree in Logistics, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, and is currently pursuing their Master’s in Business Administration.

Lt Col Scott McCoy
Operations Officer (OPSO)
Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies

As the Operations Officer, Lt Col McCoy oversees all Detachment 90 operations to include the Cadre, Cadets, and Air Force Institute for Technology Students located at Colorado State University. He is the primary communication link between AFROTC regional and national headquarters. He earned his commission through AFROTC Det 90 at Colorado State University and is a Navigator (CSO) with over 2,400 flight hours in the KC-135R Stratotanker and the OC-135B Open Skies.  He has served at the wing level, done a tour on the Air Staff, and a Joint Tour at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

Major Jason Blantin
Operations Flight Commander (OFC)
Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies

 As the OFC, Major Blantin oversees all professional military and developmental training. This includes being the key advisor on all cadet-run operations, including Leadership Lab (LLAB) and Physical Training (PT). He is a Developmental Engineer with degrees in Mechanical and Aeronautical engineering. He previously served in the Air National Guard as an enlisted munitions maintenance technician and a signals intelligence analyst.

Captain Corey DeGroot
Education Officer (EO)
Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies

As the EO, Capt DeGroot coordinates AFROTC educational requirements with CSU, UNC, FRCC, and ACC. Capt DeGroot is a Civil Engineer Officer by trade and earned his commission through AFROTC Detachment 90 in 2014 following service as an enlisted Airman. Engineers lead the way!

Staff Sergeant Ced Patterson
NCOIC, Personnel Management

As the NCOIC of Personnel Management, SSgt Patterson oversees personnel actions for Det 90 cadre and cadets. He hails from Little Rock Arkansas and has spent six years overseas in Japan, Korea, and Germany. SSgt Patterson has been deployed twice to both Jordan and Qatar as well as received five achievement medals and one commendation medal.