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Thanks for keeping up with what’s going on with Army ROTC. We have moved this news and information site to a new place. Please check us out at http://www.army.mil/rotc.

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You can also follow our primary summer training courses online.

The Leader’s Training Course, or LTC, also known as Operation BOLD CHALLENGE, is held each summer at Fort Knox, Ky. The course exists to motivate and qualify college students to enter the Senior Army ROTC program on their campus. Check out LTC at http://leaderstrainingcourse.com.

The Leader Development and Assessment Course, known as Operation WARRIOR FORGE, is U.S. Army Cadet Command’s flagship training and assessment event that every Army Cadet must successfully complete before he or she can be commissioned as an Army officer. Check out LDAC at http://warriorforge.wordpress.com.

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June 9, 2010 at 12:44 pm

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High school bands to provide audio for bowl game

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Taylor Coppolino signs drum heads before picking up her gift bag at in-processing at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. The student at Whitewater High School in Fayetteville, Ga., is one of 24 high school seniors performing in the All-American Band's color guard for the All-American Bowl. Photo: Forrest Berkshire

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January 5, 2010 at 5:04 pm

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JROTC Cadets say thanks to Soldiers

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FORT WORTH, Texas – North Side High School Army JROTC Cadet Cristal Flores went to the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport hoping to thank soldiers as they headed back to Iraq and Afghanistan and give them the knowledge that they are appreciated.

Flores and dozens of other cadets, left the airport on Dec. 11 feeling inspired, proud and committed to serving their country.

“When I saw the troops leaving the airport to go back…at that moment, I thought of me being the one to leave the airport,” said Flores, a freshman North Side High School who hopes to pursue a military career after high school.

This is the second year North Side High School JROTC cadets have gone to the airport to greet troops returning from overseas and to thank troops headed back into dangerous locations,

including Iraq and Afghanistan. This year, the cadets passed out holiday cards made by students, teachers and staff at North Side High School in Fort Worth, Texas.

Many of the cadets said they were touched by the emotional reunions and goodbyes.

“At first it made me sad because there are thousands of people who grow up, join the Army, leave, and sometimes don’t come back,” said cadet Analyssa Lira, who is also a freshman at North Side Read the rest of this entry »

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December 18, 2009 at 5:12 pm

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CG update shares successes, challenges with former commanders

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The current and former commanding generals of U.S. Army Cadet Command pose for a photo during a gathering last week. Pictured are, left to right, retired Maj. Gens. Robert Wagner, Wallace Arnold, James Lyle, Stewart Wallace, Alan Thrasher and current commander Maj. Gen. Arthur Bartell. Photo: George Whitley

By George Whitley
U.S. Army Cadet Command

FORT MONROE, Va. — Five former commanding generals of the Army’s ROTC program returned here last week for an update on the organization they once led.

For Cadet Command’s current commander, it was an opportunity to receive feedback and ideas from his predecessors and trumpet recent successes.

“You are the brain trust of this command,” Maj. Gen. Arthur Bartell said. “I want to provide you with a view through our lens of what the command looks like today. I ask you to provide your views back through that lens to help us with the way ahead.”

The past commanders who attended the session were retired Maj. Gens. Robert Wagner, the first commander of Cadet Command from April 1986 to April 1990; Wallace Arnold, April 1990 to June 1993; James Lyle, June 1993 to June 1996; Stewart Wallace, August 1996 to August 2000; and Alan Thrasher, July 2003 to June 2005.

Retired Maj. Gen. John T. D. Casey, who led the command from August 2000 to July 2003, and Montague Winfield, June 2005 to November 2008, were unable to attend.

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December 9, 2009 at 5:08 pm

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Command begins moving into Fort Knox HQ

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A worker carries a box filled with pieces of partitions that are being put up in Cadet Command Forward’s new building at 1003 1st Cavalry Regiment Road. Employees from the organization begin moving into the new space Jan. 5. Photo: Steve Arel

By Steve Arel
U.S. Army Cadet Command

FORT KNOX, Ky. — The new year begins with something of a belated Christmas gift for U.S. Army Cadet Command: a new home.

After some delays, employees from the command’s forward element at Knox move Jan. 5 into the refurbished structure at 1003 1st Cavalry Regiment Road in what represents the most significant portion so far of the organization’s BRAC transition.

Some 31 people in various divisions will settle into the new Cadet Command Forward headquarters that sits adjacent to Brooks Field, the post’s main parade field. The building eventually will house 96 people by next summer, including the deputy commanding general, whose position will move from its current base at Fort Monroe, Va.

“Now, seeing the furniture come in, it looks good,” said John Sogan, Cadet Command’s BRAC Read the rest of this entry »

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December 9, 2009 at 4:51 pm

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National Raider Challenge raises three JROTC programs to top

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By George Whitley
U.S. Army Cadet Command

FORT MONROE,Va. — Three Army JROTC programs captured the top prizes at the recent National Raider Challenge Championship.

Smith-Cotton High School in Missouri won the mixed division. Francis Lewis High School in New York topped the female division, and Paulding County High School in Georgia took the male division title.

The third annual two-day competition, held last month at the Gerald I. Lawhorn Scouting Base in Molena, Ga., featured a record 64 teams representing 35 high schools from around the country. Cadets participating were from Army, Navy and Marine Corps programs.

Smith-Cotton edged out Jenkins County High School of Georgia in the mixed division (teams consist of boys and girls), winning three of the five competition categories and finishing second in the other two. Campbell High School, another entry from Georgia, took third overall.

Cadet Earl Manuel, commander of the Smith-Cotton squad, said the victory was significant.

“This was a great experience for all the Cadets on the Smith-Cotton team,” he said. “We put Read the rest of this entry »

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December 9, 2009 at 4:22 pm

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Big-city JROTC is model program

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Alice Lam, part of the Patriot Battalion leadership, inspects a first-year Cadet’s uniform. Cadets wear their uniforms and are inspected each Wednesday.

Alice Lam, part of the Patriot Battalion leadership, inspects a first-year Cadet’s uniform. Cadets wear their uniforms and are inspected each Wednesday.

By Steve Arel
U.S. Army Cadet Command

FRESH MEADOWS, N.Y. — Last spring, right after Francis Lewis High School won a national drill team title, first-year principal Musa Ali Shama reveled in excitement. Though a thousand miles away, he was as joyous as the JROTC Cadets hoisting their crown in Daytona Beach, Fla.

And he wanted to let the world know what his school, his students had achieved.

So he commissioned and erected a banner hailing the victory. This wasn’t just any banner. It takes up a quarter of the school’s façade, even dwarfing the Francis Lewis granite sign near the building’s entrance.

“We have no other banner other than the JROTC banner that says ‘national champion,’ ” Ali Shama said. “As a faculty and administration, we take a lot of pride in that. We know as adults the level of commitment it takes to achieve something like that. It’s a significant achievement not only for our school, but for the county of Queens, the city of New York and for the state of New York.”

With almost 700 Cadets, Francis Lewis’ JROTC program is the largest in the country. It’s also one of the most successful — having added a national Raider championship this fall — and, quite possibly, one of the most beloved.

Visitors to the school find JROTC’s presence inescapable. Besides the banner, the lobby is something of a shrine to JROTC. A flat screen display runs a loop that features images of Read the rest of this entry »

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December 2, 2009 at 6:59 pm

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