1976 Willow Avenue,
Merrick NY 11566
(516)-477-2340 (cell)


Years attended: 2012-2016
GPA: 4.0

Years attended: 2016-2017
GPA: 3.55

Sanford H. Calhoun High School:
• Bellmore-Merrick Leadership Ambassador (2014-2016)
• National Honor Society Co-President (2015-2016)
• Senior Student Leadership Group member (2015-2016)
• Over 50 hours of community service within the above organizations
• Yearbook Editor (2013-2016)
• Admitted to:
○ Italian Honor Society (2014)
○ English Honor Society (2015)
○ National Honor Society (2015)
• Calhoun “Blue and Gray” Award Recipient (2016)

The Ohio State University:
• Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Member (2016-)
○ AFROTC Commendation Award (2017)
○ Academic Excellence Award (2017)
• Arnold Air Society Member (2017-)
○ General Curtis E. LeMay Squadron Deputy Commander
○ Area VI Information Manager
• Morrill Scholar (2016-)
• Mount Leadership Society Scholar (2016-) – Over 50 hours of community service

CIVIL AIR PATROL Membership: November 2011- Present
Squadron, Group, and Wing Positions:
• Squadron Cadet Commander (2014-2015)
• New York Wing CAC Primary Representative (Group Chairman) (2015-2016)
• Region Recruitment and Retention Committee member (2015-6)
• Northeast Region CAC Primary Representative (Wing Chairman) (2016-7)
• Encampment Flight Sergeant (2014)
• Encampment Standards and Evaluations Team member (2015)
• Encampment Squadron Commander (2016)
• Encampment Deputy Cadet Commander (2017)

Notable Activities:
• New York Wing Encampment (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
• Regional Cadet Leadership School (RCLS) (2015)
• NY Wing Conference “Cadet Fest” Committee member (2015-2017)
o Cadet Safety Officer (2015, 16)
o Cadet OIC (2017)
• Middle Eastern Region Flight Academy (2015)
• International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) Participant (2016) – One of four selected for the UK Air Cadets 75th Anniversary

Awards and Qualifications:
• American Legion Citation (2012)
• Ground Team Member 2 (2014/5)
• Solo Wings (2015)
• Recruiter Ribbon
• 2 Years of Service Ribbon with Clasp (2016)
• Community Service Ribbon (60 hours of community service)
• Regional Cadet Leadership School Honor Cadet (2015)
• Long Island Group Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year (2013)
• Long Island Group Cadet of Distinction (2014, 2015)
• Long Island Group Cadet of the Year (2016)
• Americanism and Patriotism Medal from the Jewish War Veterans of America (2013)
• New York Wing Commander’s Commendation (2016)
• General Ira C. Eaker Award (2017)

SKILLS & ABILITIES Extensive leadership and public speaking skills gained through various experiences in school and Civil Air Patrol.

• 5.8 hours (3.8 daylight cross-country hours, one nighttime cross-country hour)
• 23.4 hours in various fixed wing aircraft (sport – general aviation)
• Solo at the 2015 National Flight Academy (MER)



Artifact Three – These Boots Are Made for Walking

My third artifact is the pair of boots that I wear with my Air Force uniform.  Though I have had them for only one year, they are worn and dirty; the soles already smoothing under the toe and heel.  These boots have been there for it all:  they have gone flying in a Cessna aircraft so small that they smothered the rudder pedals, withstood the monotony of everyday class, have endured ROTC training each week, have strolled through this nation’s capitol, and have even walked up to the enormous gaping footprints of the World Trade Center in Manhattan.

You can tell a lot about a person by their footwear.   Where they are going and where they have been, yes, but also a bit about their character.  Do they take pride in their appearance?  Can they pay attention to little details and demand perfection?  This is of course something I would certainly consider for someone wearing shine-able leather dress shoes.  A person’s boots in ROTC, however, show their experience.  The dirtier and more worn the boots, the longer that person has been wearing their uniform and serving their country in a small way, shape, or form.  I have learned a lot in the past year and a half from being in ROTC.  Being trained and mentoring and leading others.  I earned the ability to wear the uniform of the United States Air Force after a semester of work, and have had the honor since to wear it.  A lot has changed since Freshman year, and oddly enough as it is to say, these boots have trudged on with me through it all.  I wonder what path I will walk down one day, and also of the fantastic and exciting journeys ahead that I can not even begin to imagine!


Global Awareness – My major is definitely a great way to increase my global awareness.  Being a history major, I have the opportunity to study different cultures and different time periods in history.  Not only do I get a better perspective on current world events, but also an appreciation for different cultures throughout the world!

Original Inquiry – One thing that I love doing is researching different time periods in history.  In the past few weeks of school, I began to research the Air Transport Command utilized during World War Two.  I have read several books by pilots who flew in these missions during WWII and also analyzed many pictures.  This allows me to get a better appreciation and understanding of the development of Air Force logistics.

Academic Enrichment – When making my schedule, I tried to take classes that were relative to me and my future career.  One GE class that I am taking this year is Science of Food.  This class allows me to better understand nutrients and what makes a healthy diet.  Having a healthy lifestyle can start with a knowledge of food.  A good diet will enable me not only to perform during my Reserve Officer Training Corps classes, but also enable me to perform at my best because my brain is “fueled and ready to go!”

Leadership Development – I am improving my leadership skills constantly by being a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps.  Not only do I receive quality leadership training during my ROTC class, but I am also involved in an ROTC extracurricular which provides training in stressful environments.  This relates completely to my career because I want to be an officer and a pilot one day.  In both jobs while commanding people I need to be able to think fast and make decisions under high stress!

Service Engagement – I am involved in Arnold Air Society, a volunteer service organization, and have pledged to serve 75 hours of community service in a soup kitchen called Community Kitchen.  The latter is a short term service assignment for the year.  The former, however, is a long term commitment to various projects in the Columbus community, whether it be helping veterans or helping those in poverty.  This is something that I will be involved in for the rest of my college career, and I currently have leadership rolls in!

Year in Review

[ “Year in Review”  is where you should reflect on the past year and show how you have evolved as a person and as a student.  You may want to focus on your growth in a particular area (as a leader, scholar, researcher, etc.) or you may want to talk about your overall experience over the past year.  For more information, go to: Delete these instructions and add your own post.]


[ “G.O.A.L.S.” is a place where students write about how their planned, current, and future activities may fit into the Honors & Scholars G.O.A.L.S.: Global Awareness, Original Inquiry, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development, and Service Engagement. For more information, go to: Delete these instructions and add your own post.

Global Awareness: Students cultivate and develop their appreciation for diversity and each individual’s unique differences. For example, consider course work, study abroad, involvement in cultural organizations or activities, etc .
Original Inquiry: Honors & Scholars students understand the research process by engaging in experiences ranging from in-class scholarly endeavors to creative inquiry projects to independent experiences with top researchers across campus and in the global community. For example, consider research, creative productions or performances, advanced course work, etc.
Academic Enrichment: Honors & Scholars students pursue academic excellence through rigorous curricular experiences beyond the university norm both in and out of the classroom.
Leadership Development: Honors & Scholars students develop leadership skills that can be demonstrated in the classroom, in the community, in their co-curricular activities, and in their future roles in society.
Service Engagement: Honors & Scholars students commit to service to the community.]

Artifacts One and Two

Artifact One


This is, quite literally, one of my artifacts: an “Eskimo” desk fan from the 1940s. I purchased this broken old fan on a store on High Street, and after ten minutes of tinkering, got it running as good as new again. It has stood the test of time, being passed from owner to owner for almost seventy years, and is now sitting on the shelf of my desk. Fans are a perfect portrayal of my love for the old and beautifully crafted. Less evidently, a fan such as this is an example of my interest and values.

I fix fans. I love to tinker with them and make them run better. Yes, it is a rather odd hobby, but consider this: I have picked up many trades. I have learned how to solder, take apart and put back together machinery, wire electronics, and more. All of this really fits to my interest in engineering and history. “If it ain’t broke, take it apart and make it work better” is the way to go when it comes to these fans. Fixing them also demonstrates my respect for history and tradition. One of my biggest passions is to learn about the past. Even further, maintaining these fans displays my work ethic and sense of dedication. I will not give up on a seemingly “lost cause” of a project. I will keep working, going over every component’s surface, until the fan looks as good as new!

Artifact Two


Over the summer, I had the opportunity to participate in the International Air Cadet Exchange through Civil Air Patrol, the Air Force Auxiliary. This photo represents one of countless selfies taken over the two weeks that I was in the UK with people from Hong Kong, the UK, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia. These were the greatest two weeks of my life, as I was able to experience another culture and enjoy exploring a different country with twenty individuals that shared my interest of aviation and the military from around the world. I have never learned so much while having so much fun. Additionally, this photo represents the pinnacle of my Civil Air Patrol Career, as I was one of forty cadets selected out of thousands to travel abroad!

In this picture, we were driving back to RAF Cranwell, the College of the Royal Air Force, from flying in gliders.

About Me/ Career Goals

I am Jared Del Orfano, and I hail from the great state of New York. Full of Long Island pride and of course patriotism, I am a dedicated and studious person. I am proud of my reputation of integrity, and the fact that I am known to get things done! My passions include aviation and collecting pretty much anything that I find interesting.

The aviation part? That’s simple. Since birth, I’ve loved planes, and have always wanted to be a pilot. That’s why I am at OSU today: To get a degree in Astronautical Engineering and to become a pilot through the U.S. Air Force. In fact, I am a part of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and hope to be able to fly for this country in the future!

As for my hobby of going yard saling and flea market hunting? Well… I’m an old soul. Just like with aviation, I can’t exactly pin point when I started to appreciate history – that passion has always been around. I like old music, old cars, old anything, really. I can appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into making antiques, and story of past decades. This is why I enjoy collecting and restoring vintage desk fans and other trinkets from the ’30’s and ’40’s!

This passion for historical objects has also driven me to learn as much as possible about different eras. I find it particularly interesting to read about the different sides of battles in wars and then formulate my own opinions on the events. This is a useful skill today, as I never rely on just one news source for the facts!

If I get a rated slot with the Air Force, such as being a pilot, the service commitment will be ten years. This is a long time, and I haven’t really decided what I’ll do after that. If I do not stay in the military, I will most likely teach history or work as a flight instructor!