Army ROTC Buckeye Alumni,
It was an incredible October, except for that one Saturday in Happy Valley. The morale is high and the Cadets had the opportunity to participate in some great events this month to include a visits from the Under Secretary of the Army as well as a VIP tour of Arlington Cemetery and reception at the Army G8’s quarters. Here is what we’ve been up to:
State of the Corps of Cadets. We have 181 enrolled cadets. We have a commission mission of 25, but will commission 27 this year. Numbers are up from last year and we are on track to commission 40 in 2018.
Under Secretary of the Army Visit: The Buckeye Battalion hosted Honorable Patrick Murphy, the Under Secretary of the Army. He spoke to university faculty, staff, students, and alumni on Wednesday the 26th. After his speaking engagement, he had the chance to meet and skate with the men’s hockey team and also tour the Woody Hayes Football Facility and meet Coach Meyer and the football players. Thursday morning the Under Secretary participated in a PT challenge with the Corps of Cadets in the Shoe. He led the Corps of Cadets through the tunnel and onto the field to the sound of the Buckeye Battle Cry. The PT session consisted of 5 timed team events that simulated combat scenarios like evacuating a casualty and climbing a mountain (stadium stairs) with IBA. The Under Secretary and I led our team to a third place finish. After the PT competition, Honorable Murphy administered the oath to 12 newly contracted cadets.
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Dining In 2016: The Juniors and Seniors hosted the Cadre for the annual dining in. The Cadets flawlessly planned and executed the event. The Cadets were able to let their hair down and have some fun for the evening. Juniors and Seniors took turns poking fun at each other (and the Cadre). Below is the MSIV video. I think you will enjoy it.
West Point CASH/A SHARP Summit: The PMS and vice president of the Buckeye CASH/A participated in the annual SHARP Summit at West Point. Ohio State represented Army ROTC and was joined at the summit by the service academies, and senior military colleges. The summit included addresses from LTG Caslen and other senior West Point and University subject matter experts. The summit included breakout sessions that allowed Cadets to discuss challenges facing their program.
Army 10 Miler: The Buckeye Battalion participated in the Army 10 Miler. Two teams of 8 participated in the race. The Buckeye Battalion Scarlet team finished 12th out of 79 ROTC teams. Earning them the top honor in the Brigade. The Co-ed Buckeye Battalion Gray team finished 46th. After the race, LTG Mike Murray, an Ohio State Alumni hosted the teams at his quarters on Ft Meyer. The event included a personal walking tour of Arlington National Cemetery and dinner at his house. Sergeant Major of the Army Dailey attended and presented coins to the Cadets after talking to them about leadership. A special thanks to LTG Murray for making this a memorable trip and to BG (R) McNamara for supporting the teams.
Ohio State Army ROTC Alumni Visit: 95-year-old Ohio State University Army ROTC Alumni, COL(R) Walter Betley visited OSU Army ROTC. He is a combat veteran of three wars, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. COL(R) Betley talked to Cadets and gave them his leadership lessons learned. He also helped retire the colors outside of Converse Hall. The University Alumni Magazine covered the event for a special piece in the upcoming edition.
Ranger Challenge: We hosted the annual Ranger Challenge for the Central Ohio schools, OSU, OU, and Capital. The event was well planned and executed and, although we jumped out to an early lead, we were unable to hold off a tough OU team that had an average APFT score of 341. The bobcats won the competition and advance to the brigade competition. We finished a close second.
German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge: Cadets competed in two GAFPB competitions. We sent 20 Cadets to GPB competitions at Ohio University and Toledo. 18 were awarded the GAFPB. We had 10 gold recipients, 7 silver, and 1 bronze. I believe this is the most we’ve come home with in my three years here.
Significant Events (Last Month)
28-30 September West Point SHARP Summit
30 September Homecoming Parade
1 October Football Tailgate/Homecoming vs Rutgers, Remembrance Park
3 October KLE: Dean of College of Engineering
4 October BCFS
4 October WWII, Korean, and Vietnam Veteran, COL(R) Betley Visit
5 October Ohio Defense Forum
6 October Muslim Student Association Campus Event
8 October Football Tailgate vs Indiana
8-10 October Army 10 Miler
11 October Dinner for 12 Alumni Event
12 October OSU Alumni Society Meeting
12 October KLE: Dean of Fisher College of Business
12 October KLE: Director of Admissions to College of Nursing
21 October Dining In
22 October Ranger Challenge Competition
25 October KLE: Title IX Coordinator
25 October KLE: Dean of the College of Nursing
26-27 October Under Secretary of the Army Visit
Significant Events (Next Month)
27-28 October Brigade Nurse Visit
28 October CASH/A: Invisible War Screening
29 October Football Tailgate vs Northwestern
1 November BCFS
3 November University North Hall Dedication
3 November Annual Scholarship Reception
5 November Football Tailgate vs Nebraska (Military Appreciation Game)
10 November Wexner Medical Center Veterans Day Event
10 November Annual Veterans Day Rock ceremony
18-19 November Fall FTX: Delaware State Park
26 November Football Tailgate vs TSUN
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