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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.

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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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Deputy CG addresses vets, cadets

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Brig. Gen. Arnold Gordon-Bray, deputy commanding general for U.S. Army Cadet Command, participates in a bell-ringing service Wednesday as part of Veterans Day activities on the campus of Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Ind. During the event, Bray (center) highlights the service of New Albany resident and veteran Normal Miller (left) and Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Mansfield, an Army ROTC military science instructor at the school. IU Southeast is a partner school of the University of Louisville. Photo: Steve Arel.

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November 12, 2009 at 5:21 pm

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North Georgia tops military colleges in competition

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North Georgia College and State University’s Justin Middleton performs a function check on a Squad Automatic Weapon at the weapons station of the 1st Brigade Bold Leader Challenge at Fort Knox, Ky. At the station, Cadets were given four disassembled weapons they had to identify, assemble, perform function checks on and report any faults.

By Forrest Berkshire
U.S. Army Cadet Command

FORT KNOX, Ky. — North Georgia College and State University claimed the top prize Saturday in the inaugural U.S. Army Cadet Command 1st Brigade Bold Leader Challenge.

The competition pitted 10 teams from Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs at six senior military schools in a marathon 15-mile military skills competition that tested physical endurance and teamwork.

The competition began Friday with two marksmanship events at the post’s rifle ranges. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 9, 2009 at 5:48 pm

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Austin Peay Cadet receives distinguished award

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Cadet Shamai Larsen is congratulated by Col. Mark Mitchell, commander of the Fifth Special Forces Group.

Cadet Shamai Larsen is congratulated by Col. Mark Mitchell, commander of the Fifth Special Forces Group.

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – All the camera flashes seemed to catch Shamai Larsen off guard. The Austin Peay State University Army ROTC Cadet stared at the floor as Col. Mark Mitchell, commander of the Fifth Special Forces Group, pinned the Legion of Valor Association’s Bronze Cross of Achievement on her uniform.

“I am truly honored to be here to get the chance to see Cadet Larsen,” he said.

On Oct. 1, she became the first APSU student to ever receive the Bronze Cross of Achievement Award.

“This award, presented only to eight Cadets nationwide out of 4,500 in the class of 2010, is given for overall excellence in Army ROTC, spanning academics, ROTC performance and extra curricular activities,” said Lt. Col. Greg Lane, executive officer of the school’s ROTC battalion. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 15, 2009 at 7:06 pm

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Wesley J. Althaus top Junior ROTC Cadet

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Wesley J. Althaus

Wesley J. Althaus

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Wesley J. Althaus, a Junior ROTC Cadet at Red Bank High School in Chattanooga, Tenn., was named the 2009 Col. Frederick B. Bowling JROTC Cadet of the Year.

Althaus will receive a $3,000 scholarship with this award.

“Wes sets the example for his peers to emulate,” said Lt. Col (retired) Hugh Enicks, the senior army instructor with the school.  “He easily handles numerous responsibilities both as a student and as an athlete.”

This year marks Althaus’ fourth year in has been in JROTC.

He is a member of the JROTC rifle team, on the school’s cross country team and a member of Boy Scout Troop 116, where he recently completed his Eagle Scout requirements.

Wes was selected to attend numerous programs last summer as he transitioned into his senior year of high school. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 15, 2009 at 5:33 pm

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Cadets take on the Ten-Miler

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Cadet James J. Maskovyak, from the University of Dayton (Ohio) ROTC, runs along Independence Ave. in Washington, D.C., during the Army Ten-Miler.

By Steve Arel
U.S. Army Cadet Command

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pain pulsed through Caleb DeVries’ legs halfway through the Army Ten-Miler. But he had no plans to stop running.

Not now. Not on the downhill side of the biggest run of his collegiate career. And not with his fellow University of Kentucky Cadets depending on him to complete the race.

Jogging along scenic Independence Avenue past the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, DeVries’ focus was broken by the cheers from crowds lining the route, offering words of encouragement to those going by. Suddenly, the freshman forgot about his legs and picked up the pace.

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October 14, 2009 at 7:14 pm

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Tent makes Ten-Miler a ‘Hooah’ event

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Scores of people on hand for the Army Ten-Miler huddle in front of the U.S. Army Cadet Command Hooah Tent. An oversized, air-filled second lieutenant greeted visitors.

By Steve Arel
U.S. Army Cadet Command

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Amid the frenzy of people snagging ROTC-branded material, Cadet Command staffers scrambled inside their white tent to keep pace with demand. Almost as quickly as they could set out T-shirts, water bottles and other trinkets, they were gone.“It’s hard work, but fun,” Keith Mills, Cadet Command’s division chief of events and outreach, said during a break Sunday.

Positioned in the thick of a small tent city next to the Pentagon serving as an attraction at October’s 25th annual Army Ten-Miler, Cadet Command was among more than 50 organizations and installations from around the world showcasing their mission and connecting with scores of people. Those hosting what was known as a Hooah Tent gave out everything from shirts to keepsake bags to key chains to food.

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October 7, 2009 at 4:20 pm

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Ironman on campus

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By Cadet Michael Neu
University of Texas – San Antonio

Joseph Barber, an Army Cadet at the University of Texas – San Antonio, has always taken health and fitness seriously. Studying exercise science, Barber continually searches for new ways to increase not only his personal fitness level, but his education and experience in the world of health and fitness.

Cadet Joseph Barber

Cadet Joseph Barber

Fitness was merely a hobby prior to his Green-to-Gold Active Duty Option selection to attend UTSA but now it has since become his way of life.

Since 2004, Barber has sought to become an ultra endurance athlete. First it was the local 5K fun run. Then a 10K. Before he knew it, he was running marathons. Now, he trains and races year round.

Whether it’s a marathon, ultra-marathon trail run, or a triathlon, Barber can be found on a starting line at least once a month, looking for yet another way to test himself. Each year is a new challenge, and this year the challenge was the Ironman Triathlon. The Ironman Triathlon is the most intense triathlon, consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run, all of which must be completed within 17 hours in order to be called an “Ironman.”

While the typical college student may spend his weekend at parties or munching down on pizza in front of an Xbox, Barber can be found training for upcoming races, volunteering with the Big Brother Society, raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, tutoring, or acting as executive officer of his ROTC battalion — all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

“The philosophy that I live by is to always, on a daily basis, attempt to improve myself in all aspects of life, whether that be physical, mental, academics, professional, spiritual, and even romantically,” Barber said. “You will only get out of life what you put into it. In the end, if you don’t like the results, you have no one to blame but yourself.”

Barber’s physical quests continue.

This year, Barber has completed 2 marathons, two 30-mile ultra-marathon trail runs, and 5 triathlons, the longest being Ironman Coeur d’Alene, in northern Idaho. The remainder of this academic year Barber’s race schedule is just as full. In the coming months he will compete in Ironman Cozumel and run his first-ever 50 mile ultra-marathon.

Will he stop at 50 miles?

“I guess we’ll find out after the 50-miler,” Barber said. “Although I heard there’s a fun 100-miler held every May in Canada.”

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October 6, 2009 at 4:49 pm

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Tennessee Tech cadet supporting troops

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Cadet Kaylee Radzynski

Cadet Kaylee Radzyminski

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – An 18 year-old Army cadet from Tennessee Technical University founded an organization that provides entertainment to troops.

Cadet Kaylee Marie Radzyminski’s Tunes 4 Troops Campaign has received recognition numerous times.

Radzyminski says it’s important to support U.S. troops and created the Tunes 4 Troops Campaign as a way of saying thanks to the men and women serving our country.  The campaign sends donated CDs, DVDs and audio books to American troops serving in combat zones.  Since 2005, Kaylee Marie and her volunteers have sent 600,000 donated discs abroad.

“I wanted to show that kids are ambitious, and have a strong sense of pride,” Radzyminski said. “I started Tunes 4 the Troops to let the service members around the world know who they are serving and fighting for. I have a future to look forward to because of sacrifices made for me and all other Americans.”

“I know I am just one girl, but I have a voice, and I will use it to say thank you to all who are serving in the Armed Forces of the United States.”

Radzyminski was awarded a 4-year scholarship to Tennessee Tech and began school this Fall. Learn more about her campaign at http://www.tunes4thetroops.com.

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October 2, 2009 at 7:20 pm

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