Students Appointed to Elite Air Force Training

by Andrea Speros, Public Relations Writer

Four Cedarville University student-cadets were recently appointed to the elite pilot training program for the United States Air Force.

Devin Ferguson of Adrian, Mich., Josiah Franklin of Saint Anne, Ill., Riley Snowden of West Chester, Ohio, and Starner Vechery of Shiloh, Ill., were selected for pilot training after meeting a very competitive selection criteria. These four students, all members of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC), said preparation for program selection began their freshman year.

Competition for rated slots is based on an order of merit numeric score, and the selection board at Air Force ROTC Headquarters determines these rated positions based on nationwide scores. The cadet’s order of merit numeric score includes Commander’s Ranking, cumulative grade point average, Physical Fitness Test, Field Training score, the Pilot Candidate Selection Method and an Air Force Officer Qualifying score.

Ferguson, Franklin, Snowden and Vechery agree that Cedarville University helped prepare them for this honor. “There’s really a great environment of excellence at Cedarville University,” Vechery said. “It helps to be around people who always desire to do well.”

Snowden said the high-end academics at Cedarville pushed them to succeed even in ROTC. “The rigors of Cedarville University force you to do your best and stay on your edge,” Snowden said, “which in turn helps make you the best at what you do in ROTC and carries over into the board selection process.”

Franklin said being a resident assistant (RA) at Cedarville University combined with ROTC requirements prepared him for this next step in the Air Force. “For me personally, being an RA helped develop my leadership skills,” Franklin said, “both being in ROTC and being an RA built off of each other.”

Jeff Reep, director of career services, said these Cedarville University students and others are well-prepared for any step after college. “Cedarville University students are full of character, talent and are given the preparation to succeed with nearly any employer.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Inspiring greatness for over 125 years, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at