Overall Mission Assessment: We currently have 183 Cadets enrolled in the program. The Buckeye Battalion had an incredibly busy month of activities in the classroom, labs, FTX, Joint Service Parade, and BN Sports Day!

Inform:

  • The Buckeye Battalion conducted training with Cadets from Capital University and Ohio University during the Joint FTX at Fort Knox, Kentucky 31 March- 02 April 2023. Cadets completed Day and Night Land Navigation, M4 Rifle Familiarization, Weapons Qualification and STX Lanes. This FTX serves as the culminating event providing MS III’s a final assessment opportunity before their attendance to CST 23.
  • On 05APR23, Brigadier General Dreska, Buckeye BN Alum, served as a guest speaker for the MSIV class. He shared his experience while serving in the U.S. Army Reserve.
  • On 11APR23, the Buckeye BN participated in the Joint Service Parade where Army, Air Force and Naval ROTC programs conducted a pass in review to the President of the University. During the event, Cadets and Midshipmen were awarded scholarships. These awards were given to Cadets who demonstrate potential and leadership qualities and excel academically. Director of the Navy Staff, Mr. Andrew Haeuptle, was the guest speaker.
  • The Buckeye Battalion participated in multiple community engagements at local Cincinnati high schools and a Cub Scout Troop event in Powell, OH.
  • On 15 April 23, the Buckeye BN continued the tradition of raising the colors at the football stadium during this year’s Spring Football Game, in front of the nation’s highest attended college football spring scrimmage with 75,122 attendees.
  • On 18 April 23, Cadets of the Buckeye Battalion participated in BN Sports Day. Teams competed in basketball, football, soccer, dodge ball and tug of war. Six cadets received five thousand dollars in scholarship money a piece. Thirty thousand in total. An oath ceremony was conducted for six Cadets as well.

Training and Retaining:

  • With the completion of the Spring FTX, training focus transitions to close out of the semester with counseling, gear turn-in, final exams, and preparing MS III’s with documentation and equipment to attend CST 23.

Maintaining:

Recruit

Recruiting events schedule:

      • 3-5 MAY 23 – Ohio FFA State Convention (other Cadre Members)
      • 2-8 MAY 23 – JROTC National Drill & Ceremonies Championships (Daytona Beach, FL)

Morale: Cadre continue to build comrade among each other. Prior to Cadre’s departure in support of CST 23, we intend to have a final team building event and plan for a pre-semester function prior to the start of the Fall 23 semester.

Discipline: The Battalion currently has one Cadet pending disenrollment (failed urinalysis). Submitted for processing.

Teamwork: Members of Task Force 8 (OSU, OU and Capital) executed a joint FTX from 31MAR-02APR23 at Fort Knox, KY. This event provided an opportunity for Cadets and Cadre to interact with each other, strengthening the bond of the programs. This event served as the final training event before MS III’s depart for CST 23.

Heroes of the Battlefield

Military: The Buckeye Battalion recognizes LTC Joseph Nalli. This is his last semester with OSU Army ROTC. He is headed to Kuwait to take command of the Army Field Support Battalion – Southwest Asia in June.

Cadet: Cadet Hannah Gill coordinated multiple community outreach opportunities. She’s currently an MS II.

Civilian: Mr. Mark Federle assisted with securing office space and classrooms to restart ROTC classes at the Newark regional campus. He met with the Dean, Dean MacDonald, and Mr. Brian Boehmer, the facility manager, to re-establish the classroom and office the program used to teach in prior to COVID to expand our influence to OSU’s largest regional campus to bring in local talent.

 

Buckeyes Lead The Way!

Respectfully,

LTC Michael R. Kelvington