Air Force ROTC

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Current as of August 23, 2023

Welcome to the USC Department of Aerospace Studies

Home of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 060 and
the Airmen of Troy 60th Cadet Wing

Detachment 060 is located on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California where Air Force ROTC classes are held each week during the academic year. We host students from a range of crosstown schools in the state of California. 

Welcome to the Detachment of Champions! Our faculty and staff are committed to maintaining the most elite Air Force ROTC program in the nation here at USC. We are incredibly proud to be part of the Trojan Family! The university’s administration has created a culture that values the military and veterans, and provides services and support to our students, enrolled both here at USC, as well as those traveling from our crosstown partner institutions.

Cadet Student Experience

For more information about cadet life, and cadet-run events, including New Student Orientation, Color Guard, please visit the Airmen of Troy at

Our program, alongside those of our sister services, is truly unique at USC. We build senior leaders for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force, as well as the Defense, Federal Service, and Aerospace sectors – and the legacy of success among Trojan ROTC graduates is unparalleled, with more than 200 notable USC ROTC alumni making the ranks of general officer or senior civilian in the Department of Defense.

AFROTC students posing in front of a United States Airforce aircrafts

The Department of Aerospace Studies teaches curricula related to National Security Studies, Leadership, application of Air Power, and National Defense Strategy. We emphasize the Air Force Core Values of Integrity, Service, and Excellence, along with such leadership traits as Courage, Humility, Nobility, Loyalty, and Compassion. Our graduates and commissioned officers are true Warrior Scholars!

We believe a healthy civil-military discourse is foundational to the future of our nation. Our academic classes are open to ALL students, regardless of major or background, whether they wish to enter military service or not.
Most of our academic students are dual enrolled as Air Force ROTC cadets, and will take courses such as Leadership Laboratory as a practical component to their academic studies. Our program puts those students on an executive leadership track with guaranteed employment upon graduation, and the promise of practical, measurable leadership experience along the way.

Our program offers a wide range of opportunities for those interested in space. Space is an ever-evolving frontier, and we are proud to be one of 14 universities across the United States to join the U.S. Space Force’s University Partnership Program which will support the development of space related research projects at USC. By starting your career with Detachment 060, you will have unrivaled access to cutting-edge research programs within the confines of our own campus. Additionally, Detachment 060 is a partner detachment with i5 Space, a national student organization that operates under the U.S. Space Force’s Space Training and Readiness and Command (STARCOM) and delivers educational, training and professional development resources to our cadets.

Finally, although AFROTC is intended as a four-year undergraduate program, we have abbreviated, tailored tracks to complete the program in as little as three years for both undergrad/graduate students. It’s never too late to consider a future that begins with servant leadership in the U.S. Air and Space Forces!

Lt. Col. Mark R. Burley
Professor of the Practice of Aerospace Studies
Department Head, Aerospace Studies
Commander, Air Force ROTC Detachment 060


Louisa Balayan, Program Specialist,
[email protected]

Maj John Gofus, Associate Professor of Aerospace Studies, Education Officer,
[email protected]

Capt Reyñor Manalac, Associate Professor of Aerospace Studies, Recruiting Officer, [email protected]

Capt Jacqueline Salas, Associate Professor of Aerospace Studies, Operations Flight Commander,
[email protected]

MSgt Sadae Spicer, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, Admin NCOIC,
[email protected]

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Department of Aerospace Studies Air Force ROTC Detachment 060

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3560 Watt Way, PED 112
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089
(213) 764-5983