This week’s featured Phi is Dan Pastwa. Dan is a sophomore in the Air Force ROTC program at CSU and is a valued member of Colorado Gamma. We chose to recognize Dan for his involvement in ROTC as well as being a Resident Assistant in Corbett hall. Dan exemplifies what it means to be a Phi and positively impacts everyone he meets. We asked Dan a few questions for every one to get to know him a little better:
What does ROTC mean to you?
ROTC is the first step of my career that prepares me to be an Officer in the Air Force. It is an enormous responsibility to lead in this nation’s military. ROTC molds your leadership traits as best as it can in hopes that you can earn Airmen’s respect and lead effectively. When I commission and go active-duty, I know through ROTC and the guiding from my mentors that I will be given the tools to lead effectively in this nation’s fine military.
Why did you join ROTC?
The real motivation is to serve and lead, that is what is the most meaningful to me and why I joined. Leadership is such a unique and honorable trait. I really wanted to pursue my leadership potential, cultivate it, and use it as wisely as I can. I felt the military was an excellent outlet to pursue all of this. I am mighty proud to be on the path I am on. It means so much to me, and is my primary focus. That is why I am happy to be a part of ROTC and get up MWF at 5AM, it truly is a great time!
How does Phi Delt and ROTC relate on the daily?
Phi Delt and ROTC are both made up of fine people. Both organizations develop leadership and camaraderie among its members. Strengthening the lifestyle of being there for your friends and others is their largest overlap, and a fine trait to emphasize.
What do you think your spirit animal is and why?
I would like to say an eagle. They fly high and get to observe and analyze the layout so they can make sharp decisions. They are also a symbol of American pride, ‘merica!
If you could go any where in the world where would it be?
I’ll generalize…I would like to do some sightseeing in some European countries. There is a lot of history to be learned and it would be a wonderful experience to see older structures over there.
Thank you Dan for all you do. All of us here at Colorado Gamma are proud to call you our brother!