Army ROTC Buckeye Update:
Spring Semester started on a sad note. The battalion lost one of their own over the winter Break. Senior Cadet Grace Cotter passed away after the winter Commissioning ceremony. She was scheduled to graduate in May. Unfortunately we started the semester with a military memorial honoring Cadet Cotter. Like all good Army units, we will honor her memory by continuing the mission.
State of the Corps of Cadets: We have 168 Cadets in the Battalion. This is another large spring class. Our focus is to contract and award scholarships to all eligible cadets. Currently, 83 are contracted, 68 of those are on scholarship (82% of contracted cadets and 40% of total participating cadets)
Winter Commissioning Ceremony: We commissioned seven 2LTs at the winter commissioning ceremony on December 17th. The guest speaker was SGM(R) Tom Fuller, OPS SGM for 75th Ranger Regiment and Current President and CEO of Armageddon Gear. The following cadets are the newest members of the Buckeye Battalion Alumni:
2LT David Perry, Active Duty, Transportation, with duty at Ft Benning
2LT Dax Conrad, Active Duty, Infantry, IBOLC
2LT Ayden Harris, Active Duty, Medical Corps, with Ed Delay to attend medical school at Michigan State
2LT Parker Mooney, National Guard, Infantry, Oregon National Guard
2LT Rachel Preston, Reserves, Chemical Corps
2LT Sarah Smith, Active Duty, Field Artillery, with duty at Ft Riley, Kansas
2LT Joel Waits, Active Duty, Quartermaster, with duty at Ft Richardson, Alaska
If you are at one of these locations, look these Buckeyes up and welcome them to the Army
Save the Date Medal of Honor Visit; Spring Commissioning Ceremony (5 May 2018) We are commissioning 27 more officers in May. The commissioning ceremony will be on Saturday the 5th of May at 3:00 PM at Hitchcock Hall. We are extremely honored to welcome CPT Flo Groberg, Medal of Honor recipient as our guest speaker. All alumni are welcome to join us for this event.
Semester Training Brief: The new battalion and company command leadership briefed their Semester Training Brief (STB). This semester the training plan is focused on Squad and Platoon tactics and getting back to the basics. The Cadet Battalion Commander also wants to focus on preparing the Juniors for Advanced Camp while giving the underclassmen opportunities to lead.
New Cadet Orientation: We welcomed 25 new cadets to the program this semester. The cadets went through a crash course on the Army prior to the start of the semester. Orientation consisted of equipment draw, customs and courtesies, wear and appearance of uniforms, ROTC Clubs and Organization briefs, and ROTC Policy review. After the orientation, the new cadets were released to their Cadet chain of command where the Platoon Leaders conducted individual counseling.
Army ROTC Basketball Tryouts: Our Buckeye Battalion Army ROTC team continues to grow. We will be fielding three men’s team and a women’s team for the Notre Dame ROTC Basketball tournament in March.
Significant Events (Last Month)
- 7 January New Cadet Orientation
- 8 January 1st Day of Class
- 12 January Semester Training Brief-Battalion
- 19 January Semester Training Brief-Company
- 20-25 January Diagnostic APFT
- 31 January Brigade Commander Visit
Significant Events (Next Months)
- 1 February Ohio APMS Forum
- 1 February GEN McCrystal, GEN Hayden, GEN Pace Visit
- 2-4 February Officer Christian Fellowship Retreat
- 22 February Battalion Run/Awards Ceremony
- 23 February Military Ball
- 2-4 March Notre Dame ROTC Basketball Tournament
- 8 March Tri Service Olympics
- 8-11 March Pershing Rifles National Competition
- 12-16 March Spring Break
- 22 March Spring Awards Ceremony
- 22 March OSU Army ROTC Hall of Fame Dinner
- 23 March Senior Breakfast
- 23-24 March German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge Competition
- 24 March Norwegian Foot March Competition
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