Army ROTC Buckeye Alumni,
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Those of you who had to spend it away from your family, we are thinking of you and are thankful for your selfless service.
State of the Battalion: We currently have 176 cadets with 86 contracted. Our contracted Cadet number increased by 20 this past month. 8 Cadets will Commission this December.
Military Appreciation Game: As part of the Ohio State military appreciation game against Michigan State, 20 cadets took the oath on the field during the third quarter of the game as part of a joint service recognition. The stadium was packed and the cadets received a standing ovation from 100,000 fans chanting “USA, USA.” We look to continue this tradition in the future.
Rock ceremony: As the Tri-service lead, our cadets planned and executed the annual Rock Ceremony on the Oval. Our guest speaker was COL (R) Pete Mansoor who was the XO for General Petraeus during the Surge. He is currently the General Raymond Mason Chair for Military History at The Ohio State University. We placed a wreath at the Rock near Bricker Hall that honors veterans from The Ohio State University and we concluded the ceremony with a 21 Gun Salute.
Branch Draft Day: We announced the seniors’ branches at our annual Branch “Draft” Day. One of the most fun events we do. We announce the branches in an NFL style draft day, where the branches are the “NFL Teams.” This year the Infantry Branch had the #1 overall draft pick and they selected, Cadet Andrew Hater. 80% of our Cadets selected for Active Duty received their first branch choice vs 63% nationally. We are well above the national average for branch satisfaction. Here are the results of the branch draft day:
Cadet Meredith Rowe Nurse
Cadet Lucy Wagner Nurse
Cadet Clarissa Michaud Armor
Cadet Austin Evans Aviation
Cadet Matt Morisette Engineer
Cadet Sarah Smith Field Artillery
Cadet Andrew Elliott Field Artillery
Cadet Clay Dorman Infantry
Cadet Andrew Hater Infantry
Cadet Brett Wisti Infantry (Branch Detailed from Signal)
Cadet Dax Conrad Infantry
Cadet Tony Scinta Infantry
Cadet Kyle Herschel Infantry (Branch Detailed from Signal)
Cadet Ayden Harris Med School Education Delay
Cadet James Reinhart Military Police
Cadet Gar Chatain Ordnance
Cadet Clay Robertson Ordnance
Cadet Joel Waits Quartermaster
Cadet Ryan Fowler Quartermaster
Cadet Michaela Gennuso Signal
Cadet Nicole Santos Transportation
Cadet Kyle Mullins Transportation
Cadet David Perry Transportation
Cadet Madison Lambkin Ed Delay for Vet School
Cadet Mario Palladino Air Defense
Cadet Nick Brumfield Aviation
Cadet Ryan Ho Engineer
Cadet Nathan Carroll Field Artillery
Cadet Danny Tan Military Intelligence
Cadet Erica Coffee Military Intelligence
Cadet Rachel Preston Chemical
Cadet Kayla Konczos Medical Service
Cadet Griffin Stanley Quartermaster
Cadet Battalion and Company Change of Command: Cadet Austin Evans assumed Cadet Command of the battalion this week. He will be joined by Cadet Command Sargent Major Kayla Konczos, the XO, Cadet MAJ James Reinhart, and S3, Cadet Major Andrew Hater.
Veterans Day at Wexner Medical Center: Cadets and Cadre participated in the annual Veterans Day Recognition at the Wexner Medical Center. The event began with a luncheon to recognize the current OSU Wexner Medical Center employees who served in the military. The Army ROTC Cadets and Cadre then were paired with these veteran employees of the medical center and visited more than 70 seriously ill patients in the hospital. The Cadets and Cadre read an award citation, awarded a pin to the patients, and rendered salutes to the veterans. Many of these patients are terminally ill and may not make it to another Veterans Day, so it was very special to them and extremely humbling for the Cadets and Cadre members. The Cadets took time to talk to the veterans and listen to their stories, which speaks to their character.
16 December Commissioning Ceremony-Guest Speaker CSM(R) Tom Fuller
17 December Commencement
Please check us out at: http://arotc.osu.edu/
Follow us at: https://twitter.com/tOSU_AROTC