NAU cadets helping the Flagstaff community, one box at a time

Northern Arizona University’s Arnold Air Society, an extracurricular club for cadets in both the Air Force ROTC programs and the Air Force Academy, and Silver Wings, a student-led organization dedicated to helping civic leaders develop personal and professional skills while aiding the mission of the U.S. Air Force and providing community service, recently joined forces with squadrons and chapters across the nation for this year’s Joint National Project (JNP).

The 2017-18 JNP focused on Trafficking, Abuse, Prevention and Support, or TAPS. In March, NAU’s David Lewis Curtis-Robinson squadron started a drive to collect food, toys and hygiene products through the local Air Force ROTC detachment. During the two-week drive, the Arnold Air Society, Silver Wings and cadets received approximately 300 pounds of food, children’s toys and hygiene products . The boxes were delivered to the local Sunshine Rescue Mission at Hope Cottage.

For next year’s JNP, Silver Wings and the Arnold Air Society plan to work with disaster prevention and relief. Until then, they will continue their work with women’s shelters and veterans.

Making a national difference

Three members of the NAU student Silver Wings chapter recently received national staff positions: Everest Berggren was named national president; Amelia Chromy was named national secretary; and Christina Meehan-Vernon was named the national business chair.

“Having national staff on our NAU chapter is very exciting,” Chromy said. “This has never been done before by any NAU member!”

As part of their new roles, the students will travel throughout the country and help chapters recruit, remain active and secure funding while attending regional conclaves and assisting with JNP’s.

For more information on how to get involved in Silver Wings, contact Sabrina Hersey at