Space Force ROTC – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Fri, 15 Apr 2022 20:46:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.4 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Space Force ROTC – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 The Citadel recognizes top ROTC cadets for 2021-22 https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-recognizes-top-rotc-cadets-for-2021-22/ Fri, 15 Apr 2022 20:44:58 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=31703 Nearly 125 awards were presented when the recipients were honored as a group on Thursday, April 7 in McAlister Field House.]]>

The ROTC detachments at The Citadel provide cadets with leadership training, preparing them to begin their military careers as officers after graduation.

Through the departments, which include Air Force/Space Force ROTCArmy ROTCMarine Corps ROTC and Navy ROTC, The Citadel is one of the nation’s proven producers of top military leaders.

Each year, about 30% of those graduating from the South Carolina Corps of Cadets earn commissions into all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Annually, the departments nominate their finest cadets and active duty students for awards. Nearly 125 awards were presented when the recipients were honored as a group on Thursday, April 7 in McAlister Field House.

This year’s award winners are as follows:

Air Force Association Cadet Medal

Presented a junior cadet in recognition of outstanding achievement in leadership and academic standing in the Air Force ROTC.

Annaleigh Runion

American Legion Military Excellence Award

Presented to Army, Marine, Navy and Air Force cadets who have demonstrated military excellence.

Marcus, Williams – Army
Aaron Daninger – Air Force
Cody L. Green – Marine Corps
Dietrich Heinz – Navy

American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award

Presented to Army, Marine, Navy and Air Force cadets who have demonstrated scholastic excellence.

Jaret Price – Army
James Jeffcoat – Air Force
Christian J. Chekroun – Marine Corps
Gavin Kingman – Navy

American Veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam Award

Presented to ROTC cadets for diligence, discharge of duty and willingness to serve God and country.

Ethan Jackson – Army
Daniel Shapiro – Air Force
Dylan O. Christmas – Marine Corps
Matthew Weaver – Navy

Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)

Recognizes ROTC students who have demonstrated good moral character, academic excellence and potential to serve as officers in the United States Armed Forces.

Hannah Collee – Army
Tyler Duben – Air Force
Isaac G. Patterson – Marine Corps
Ernest James – Navy

Association of the United States Army Award

Presented to the ROTC cadet who best exemplifies leadership, is in the top 10% for ROTC courses and top 25% for all cadets academically.

Caleb Raab

Association of the United States Army Military History Award

Presented to a cadet who has demonstrated a strong interest in and acumen regarding the study of military history. The award is a joint project of the Association of the U.S. Army, in conjunction with the US Army Center of Military History.

Azi Weaver

AT&T Veterans University ROTC Leadership Award

Presented to ROTC cadets who have displayed the ability to solve problems outside the box by using innovative thinking and carrying it through to execution.

Alec Hart – Army
Harrison Martin – Air Force
Alexander S. Loser – Marine Corps
Paul Oelkers – Navy

Daughters of the American Revolution Award (DAR)

Presented to one outstanding cadet from each ROTC unit who demonstrates the qualities of dependability and good character, leadership ability and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of ROTC training.

Shannon Ziccarello – Army
Lane Johnson – Navy
David G. Stringer – Marine Corps
Nicole Spohn – Air Force

Chief of Naval Operations Distinguished Midshipmen Graduate Award

Honors one graduating midshipman at each NROTC Unit and midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy who demonstrate the highest standards of leadership, academic and military performance. 

Grayson Gasque

Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America Award

Recognizes outstanding upperclassmen who have demonstrated the qualities of leadership and high scholastic average, and who are highly active in student affairs.

John Hoag – Army
William Ray – Air Force
Kubwimana M. King – Marine Corps
Ryleigh Jenkins – Navy

Department of the Army Superior Cadet Award

The Department of the Army provides this award annually to the outstanding ROTC cadet in each year of military science at The Citadel that is in the top 25 percent of their ROTC class and academic class.

Samuel May
Meth Ranaweera
Benjamin Ligons
Malcolm Jackson

Major General Robert Frederick Leadership Award

Presented to a cadet who successfully graduates from the Leader Development and Assessment Course, is compliant with the Army ROTC contract and exhibits exceptional leadership ability and potential.

William Herbert

Marine Corps Association Award

Presented to a Marine option midshipman in recognition of high endeavor and superior accomplishment during four years of study at The Citadel as a Marine option student.

Jonathan B. Cribb

Marine Corps League Leadership Award

Presented to outstanding Marine and Navy seniors that have excelled in the areas of leadership, academics and military performance.

Cody L. Green – Marine Corps
SSgt Barry J. Morehart – Marine Corps
Nicole Spohn – Navy
Christopher Manley – Navy

Military Officer Association of America ROTC Medal (MOAA)

Presented to outstanding cadets or midshipmen in their next-to-last year in the program who has demonstrated exceptional potential for military leadership.

Peter Riazzi – Army
Emily Lund – Air Force
Benjamin E. Knight – Marine Corps
Thomas Blake Giles – Navy

Military Order of the World Wars Award (MOWW)

Presented to one member in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th class from each branch of service for their diligence in demonstrating military excellence and outstanding accomplishments during the year.

Thomas Fitzpatrick – Army
Taylor Merrell – Army
Seth Edwards – Army
Andrew Palmer – Air Force
Kyle Kras – Air Force
Everett Barkley – Air Force
Abigail G. Kanewske – Marine Corps
Chadd G. Smart – Marine Corps
Lucy Y. Pincus – Marine Corps
Ryan Craig – Navy
Connor Erwin – Navy
Jordan Kish – Navy

National Defense Transportation Association Award (NDTA)

Recognizes a senior cadet who demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities, academic achievement and aptitude for military service.

Christian Blase – Army
Lane Johnson – Air Force
GySgt Kevin S. Haddad – Marine Corps

National Defense Industrial Association Award (NDIA)

Presented to a cadet who has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities.

Jonathon Rhymer – Army
Robert DeMarre – Air Force
Christopher D. Sullivan – Marine Corps
Garrett Peal – Navy

National Sojourners Award

Recognizes cadets in each ROTC department who have a potential for outstanding leadership and have encouraged and demonstrated the ideals of Americanism by deed and conduct.

Evan Crawford – Army
Desmin Jones – Air Force
Noah P. Plunkett – Marine Corps
Nicholas Harpey – Navy

Naval Submarine League Award

Presented to the top Navy ROTC graduate volunteering for the Submarine Force.

Sarah Ervin

Navy League Honors Award

Presented to the top academic performers of the personnel within the Enlisted Commissioning Programs of the Navy ROTC department.

GySgt Cade A. Adams – Marine Corps
Joseph Roland – Navy

Pallas Athene Award

Presented to a female Army cadet who showcases scholastic excellence and is outstanding in her class.

Angela Lance

Reserve Officers Association Award

Presented to cadets who have demonstrated outstanding competence in the arts and sciences of national defense.

Walker Rhue – Army
Chasey Mercado – Army
Akhil Prathipati – Army
Colton Horvath – Air Force
Charles Corte – Air Force
Luke Eafano – Air Force
Trey S. Edelstein – Marine Corps
Austin R. Miles-Curtsinger – Marine Corps
Robert L. Clement – Marine Corps
Faith Kimpell – Navy
Kallan Stephens – Navy
Colin Gleco – Navy

Society of the Daughters of the War of 1812

Presented to cadets who have significantly demonstrated and encouraged the ideals of Americanism by both deed and conduct.

Sarah Fink – Army
Arista Couture – Air Force
Christopher L. Stuart – Marine Corps
Garrett Graettinger – Navy

Society of the War of 1812 Award

Presented to cadets in the 3rd class who have done the most to demonstrate and encourage the ideals of Americanism by both deed and conduct.

Zyhnue Alvarado-Ramos – Army
Gabriel Morgan – Air Force
Grace E. Cooper – Marine Corps
Robert Perrecone – Navy

Sons of the American Revolution Award (SAR)

Presented to the outstanding Army, Marine, Navy and Air Force cadets based on military excellence and scholarship in their ROTC studies and activities.

Will Walker – Army
Dallas Shreeve – Air Force
Samuel B. Nutting – Marine Corps
Thomas Frosch – Navy

Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)

Recognizes outstanding engineering students of the Military Reserve Officers Training Corps.

Robert King – Army
Kathryn Christmas – Air Force
SSgt Cody A. Martin – Marine Corps
Cameron Richard – Navy

South Carolina State Guard Award for Excellence

Presented to outstanding Army, Marine, Navy and Air Force cadets based on attitude, leadership, initiative, judgement and self-confidence.

Tyler Harper – Army
Andrew Palmer – Air Force
Robert Whalley – Marine Corps
John Zitcovich – Navy

Special Forces Association Medal of Excellence

Presented to a standout freshman or sophomore cadet who has shown scholastic excellence and military proficiency in keeping with the ideals of U.S. Special Forces.

Bethany Mathews – Army
Colton Horvath – Air Force
GySgt Seth C. James – Marine Corps
Asher Goar – Navy

Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Award

Presented to outstanding cadets who have made significant contributions to demonstrate and encourage patriotism through participation in activities on campus or in the community.

Wilhelm Birkholz – Army
Avery Lollis – Air Force
Tyler E. Miller – Marine Corps
Elijah Holder – Navy

USAA Spirit Award

Presented to students in each ROTC department that best display the traits and characteristics that embody the spirit of service to others.

Samuel Wilson – Army
Jeremiah Days – Air Force
SSgt Thomas G. Conrad – Marine Corps
Trevor Compton – Navy

Col. Benjamin Vandervoort 82nd Airborne Award

Presented to an Airborne qualified MS IV. Receives a paratrooper trophy and monetary award from the COL Benjamin Vandervoort Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association..

Grant Speer – Army

Veterans of Foreign Wars Award (VFW)

Presented annually to seniors or juniors in each ROTC department who has achieved an outstanding academic record.

Andrew Parkhurst – Army
Tristan Eberbach – Air Force
Sylvester L. Guillermo – Marine Corps
Austin Buttle – Navy

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‘Space Force? Is that Real?’ Guardians Still Struggling with an Unconvinced Public https://today.citadel.edu/space-force-is-that-real-guardians-still-struggling-with-an-unconvinced-public/ Tue, 01 Feb 2022 20:30:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30353 Cadet Conor William Deans said he was encouraged to join the Space Force in 2019 when Gen. John Raymond, then with the Air Force, came to campus to talk about his military career. When Raymond became the first chief of space operations, The Citadel cadet said he wanted to be a part of history.]]>

Photo: Cadet Conor William Deans, the first Citadel set to commission into the U.S. Space Force, is congratulated by Col. Matthew Morand, USSF, in November 2021. Both Deans and Morand are quoted in the article below.

As seen on Military.com, by Thomas Novelly

Space Force captain traveling with their spouse stood stunned at the Spirit Airlines ticket counter this past October hoping to take advantage of the company’s waived baggage fees for active-duty service members.

But there was a problem: The Spirit employee didn’t believe the Space Force exists.

The officer showed a military-issued ID card, pulled up the official website on their phone and explained the recent history of the Space Force. The desk attendant believed the service member was no longer active in the Air Force, couldn’t comprehend the existence of the new branch and didn’t want to issue the discount.

“In the moment, I was flabbergasted,” said the officer, who spoke to Military.com on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal by Space Force superiors. “We tried to take it on methodically and convince him that the Space Force was real.”

It wasn’t until a Spirit supervisor got involved that the Guardian finally received the discount and the couple went on their way without paying the baggage fees. A few days later, the Space Force officer received an emailed apology from the airline, which was reviewed by Military.com.

The incident illustrated what many Guardians have found all too familiar: a public that doesn’t understand America’s newest military branch or believes it’s just a tepidly reviewed Netflix series.

It’s been two years since former President Donald Trump signed a defense policy bill and created the United States Space Force, a separate service branch that is under the Department of the Air Force. But Guardians have taken to social media and told Military.com about how civilians seem befuddled by the concept of the new branch.

And while the Space Force’s mission — to protect and defend the massive U.S. satellite fleet — is crucial in everything from the country’s reliance on GPS to detecting abnormalities in the Earth’s orbit, many in the general public haven’t grasped it.

Conor William Deans, a Space Force ROTC cadet at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, is the first student from the historic military college to accept a commission for the branch.

One day, he was sitting at a burger restaurant with his fellow cadets when a patron stopped by the table and asked them which branch of the military they planned on joining.

Deans proudly told the man he was joining the Space Force.

“‘Space Force? Is that real?'” Deans recalled the man asking. “I tried to explain to him what it was, but he seemed even more confused.”

Deans said he was encouraged to join the Space Force in 2019 when Gen. John Raymond, then with the Air Force, came to campus to talk about his military career. When Raymond became the first chief of space operations, The Citadel cadet said he wanted to be a part of history.

But he said the public has been slow to catch on to the role of the new branch.

“In a lot of ways, it’s still lumped in with the Air Force,” Deans said. “It’s still new and hasn’t expanded its own culture yet, but I think that’ll grow and change.”

Some recent comments from senior military leaders have muddled the relationship between the Air Force and the Space Force.

Earlier this month, Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall spoke about the relationship between the branches at a Center for a New American Security virtual event Jan. 19.

“We want the Space Force to be an independent, separate service,” Kendall said. “But we also want it to stay as tightly coupled to the Air Force and the Department of the Air Force as it’s necessary for it to be a success.”

Some Guardians complained about Kendall’s comment on social media and said they want the Space Force’s top leadership to help shape a distinct identity for the service to the general public.

Raymond, speaking at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event also on Jan.19, said the Space Force can’t become just a carbon copy of the Air Force.

“If we go into this and just iterate our way down the path and become nothing more than an Air Force, changes a little bit here and there, we’ve missed a huge opportunity,” Raymond said.

Todd Harrison, director of the Aerospace Security Project at the nonprofit Center for Strategic and International Studies, said many Americans don’t know what the military does, let alone the semantics of the service branches.

But he added that there needs to be a concerted effort from Space Force leadership to make their mission explicitly clear to the public.

“Space Force needs to make an internal culture that is distinctive from the Air Force,” Harrison said. “They need to separate themselves from NASA and from the Netflix parody and communicate, ‘This is what we do.'”

Space Force Col. Matthew Morand, an officer who runs the branch’s ROTC program at The Citadel, said many of his friends and family were confused, too, when he transferred from the Air Force.

“I’ve had people ask me while I’m standing there in my military uniform, ‘Is Space Force a real thing?'” Morand said. “A lot of folks don’t understand what we do, and there aren’t many of us. We’re tiny.”

The Space Force currently has around 6,800 Guardians and 6,700 civilian employees. By comparison, the Air Force has around 650,000 personnel.

The service began transferring members from the ArmyNavy and Marine Corps, after focusing the first year on transfers from the Air Force.

“We’re going to be tied to the hip with the Air Force for some time,” Morand said. “But culture takes time, and we’re working on that culture.”

Chief Master Sgt. Roger Towberman, the Space Force’s highest noncommissioned officer, told Military.com in an interview that, while many in the public sphere may not know what the branch does, he believes the mission is important and hopes that, with time, it will change.

“I would say the awareness is growing all the time, and that makes me really happy,” Towberman said. “What I see in the Space Force, specifically, is this slow evolution of this really special thing that we’re trying to do.”

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Citadel’s top ROTC cadets recognized for excellence https://today.citadel.edu/citadels-top-rotc-cadets-recognized-for-excellence/ Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:18:04 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=23345 ROTC Awards Ceremony April 8, 2021, McAlister Field HouseROTC Awards Ceremony April 8, 2021, McAlister Field HousePhoto above: ROTC cadets at The Citadel gather for the 2020-2021 awards ceremony in McAlister Field House on April 8, 2021. The ROTC detachments at The Citadel provide cadets with leadership]]> ROTC Awards Ceremony April 8, 2021, McAlister Field HouseROTC Awards Ceremony April 8, 2021, McAlister Field House

Photo above: ROTC cadets at The Citadel gather for the 2020-2021 awards ceremony in McAlister Field House on April 8, 2021.

The ROTC detachments at The Citadel provide cadets with leadership training, to prepare them to begin their military careers as officers after graduation. About 30% of each South Carolina Corps of Cadets graduating class earn commissions into all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Through the departments, which include Air Force/Space Force ROTC, Army ROTC, Marine Corps ROTC and Navy ROTC, The Citadel is one of the nation’s proven producers of top military leaders.

Annually, the departments nominate their finest cadets and active duty students for awards. The award recipients are normally honored as a group in McAlister Field House.

This year’s award winners are as follows:

Air Force Association Cadet Medal

Presented a junior cadet in recognition of outstanding achievement in leadership and academic standing in the Air Force ROTC.

Kathryn Christmas

American Legion Military Excellence Award

Presented to Army, Marine, Navy and Air Force cadets who have demonstrated military excellence.

Carson Adams – Army
Christian Seidler – Air Force
Regina Miles – Marine Corps
Ethan Powers – Navy

Cadet Regina Miles accepts and award during the 2021 Citadel ROTC Awards Ceremony in McAlister Field House on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award

Presented to Army, Marine, Navy and Air Force cadets who have demonstrated scholastic excellence.

Matthew Wall – Army
Caleb Moseley – Air Force
Robert Clement – Marine Corps
Aaron Gilberto – Navy

American Veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam Award

Presented to ROTC cadets for diligence, discharge of duty and willingness to serve God and country.

Harrison Hemminghaus – Army
Josiah Schainblatt – Air Force
Antonio Carbajal – Marine Corps
Logan Scronce- Navy

Cadet Harrison Hemminghouse is presented with an award during the 2021 Citadel ROTC Awards Ceremony in McAlister Field House on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)

Recognizes ROTC students who have demonstrated good moral character, academic excellence and potential to serve as officers in the United States Armed Forces.

Josefino Lubang– Army
Harrison R. Martin– Air Force
Jennings Woods– Marine Corps
William M. Jensen–Navy

Association of the United States Army Award

Presented to the ROTC cadet who best exemplifies leadership, is in the 1op 10% for ROTC courses, and top 25% for all cadets academically.

Alex Hart

Association of the United States Army Military History Award

Presented to a cadet who has demonstrated a strong interest in and acumen regarding the study of military history. The award is a joint project of the Association of the U.S. Army, in conjunction with the US Army Center of Military History.

Nicholas Fricchione

AT&T Veterans University ROTC Leadership Award

Presented to ROTC cadets who have displayed the ability to solve problems outside the box by using innovative thinking and carrying it through to execution.

Hunter Mills – Army
Conor Deans – Air Force
Jeremy Walker – Marine Corps
Colin Gleco – Navy

Daughters of the American Revolution Award (DAR)

Presented to one outstanding cadet from each ROTC unit who demonstrates the qualities of dependability and good character, leadership ability and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of ROTC training.

Allyson Ansell – Army
Noah Hammond – Navy
Samuel Poulin – Marine Corps
Isaac Al-Tamimi– Air Force

Chief of Naval Operations Distinguished Midshipmen Graduate Award

Honors one graduating midshipman at each NROTC Unit and midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy who demonstrate the highest standards of leadership, academic and military performance. 

Nick Piacentini

Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America Award

Recognizes outstanding upperclassmen who have demonstrated the qualities of leadership and high scholastic average, and who are highly active in student affairs.

Dante Rovere – Army
Tyler A Duben – Air Force
Ashley Coplo – Marine Corps
Alexandria Carter – Navy

Cadet Ashley Coplo accepts award during the 2021 Citadel ROTC Awards Ceremony in McAlister Field House on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Department of the Army Superior Cadet Award

The Department of the Army provides this award annually to the outstanding ROTC cadet in each year of military science at The Citadel that is in the top 25 percent of their ROTC class and academic class.

Meth Ranaweera
Madelyn Wojciechowski
Jaret Price
William Rathke

Cadet Meth Ranaweera accepts an award during the 2021 Citadel ROTC Awards Ceremony in McAlister Field House on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Major General Robert Frederick Leadership Award

Presented to a cadet who successfully graduates from the Leader Development and Assessment Course, is compliant with the Army ROTC contract and exhibits exceptional leadership ability and potential.

Ian Stephan

Marine Corps Association Award

Presented to a Marine option midshipman in recognition of high endeavor and superior accomplishment during four years of study at The Citadel as a Marine option student.

Joseph M. Field – Marine Corps

Marine Corps League Leadership Award

Presented to outstanding Marine and Navy seniors that have excelled in the areas of leadership, academics and military performance.

Joseph F. Field – Marine Corps
GySgt Cade Adams – Marine Corps
Andrew Brabazon – Navy
Kyle Smith – Navy

GySgt. Cade Adams accepts award during the 2021 Citadel ROTC Awards Ceremony in McAlister Field House on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Military Officer Association of America ROTC Medal (MOAA)

Presented to outstanding cadets or midshipmen in their next-to-last year in the program who has demonstrated exceptional potential for military leadership.

Luke Meetze– Army
Luke Eafano – Air Force
Benjamin W. Stephens– Marine Corps
Austin Buttle – Navy

Military Order of the World Wars Award (MOWW)

Presented to one member in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th class from each branch of service for their diligence in demonstrating military excellence and outstanding accomplishments during the year.

Brendan Lugibuhl – Army
Hampton Rea – Army
Grant Speer – Army
Desmin Jones – Air Force
Avery Lollis – Air Force
Robert DeMarre – Air Force
Noah Plunkett – Marine Corps
Austin Miles-Curtsinger – Marine Corps
Bryce Hearsey – Marine Corps
Faith Kimpell – Navy
Dylan Wood – Navy
Paul Oelkers – Navy

Cadet Desmon Jones accepts an award at the 2021 Citadel ROTC Awards Ceremony in McAlister Field House on Thursday, April 8, 2021. (Photo by Russ Pace for The Citadel)

National Defense Transportation Association Award (NDTA)

Recognizes a senior cadet who demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities, academic achievement, and aptitude for military service.

Ronald Zappendorf – Army
Marshall Mckee – Air Force
Sgt. Ryan Skibicki – Marine Corps
Garrett Sebold – Navy

Cadet Ronald Zappendorf accepts award during the 2021 Citadel ROTC Awards Ceremony in McAlister Field House on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

National Defense Industrial Association Award (NDIA)

Presented to a cadet who has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities.

Thomas Hammerstone – Army
James Walker – Air Force
Ryan Harper – Marine Corps
Joshua Gorczynski – Navy

National Sojourners Award

Recognizes cadets in each ROTC department who have a potential for outstanding leadership and have encouraged and demonstrated the ideals of Americanism by deed and conduct.

Malcom Jackson – Army
Lane Johnson – Air Force
Jayden Bossian – Marine Corps
Trevor Compton– Navy

Naval Submarine League Award

Presented to the top Navy ROTC graduate volunteering for the Submarine Force.

Phillip Wellons

Navy League Honors Award

Presented to the top academic performers of the personnel within the Enlisted Commissioning Programs of the Navy ROTC department.

Ssgt. John M. East – Marine Corps
Roman Kokwsky – Navy

Pallas Athene Award

Presented to a female Army cadet who showcases scholastic excellence and is outstanding in her class.

Lydia Cook – Army

Reserve Officers Association Award

Presented to cadets who have demonstrated outstanding competence in the arts and sciences of national defense.

Marcus Duncan – Army
Angela Lance – Army
Tanner Kennaw – Army
Blayne Pennartz – Air Force
James Jeffcoat – Air Force
Caleb Mosley – Air Force
Tyler Miller – Marine Corps
Cody Green – Marine Corps
Alexei Severnyak – Marine Corps
Ernest James – Navy
Sebastian Collazo – Navy
Ulysses Grisette – Navy

Society of the Daughters of the War of 1812

Presented to cadets who have significantly demonstrated and encouraged the ideals of Americanism by both deed and conduct.

Shannon Curtis – Army
Jessica Newton – Air Force
Isaac Patterson – Marine Corps
Emily Perkins – Navy

Society of the War of 1812 Award

Presented to cadets in the 3rd class who have done the most to demonstrate and encourage the ideals of Americanism by both deed and conduct.

Marie Le Gallo – Army
Emily Lund – Air Force
Christian Checkroun – Marine Corps
Jacob Ingoe – Navy

Sons of the American Revolution Award (SAR)

Presented to the outstanding Army, Marine, Navy, and Air Force cadets based on military excellence and scholarship in their ROTC studies and activities.

Joshua McKinley – Army
Kenyaz Boston – Air Force
Vincent Massaro – Marine Corps
Connor Erwin – Navy

Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)

Recognizes outstanding engineering students of the Military Reserve Officers Training Corps.

Clifford Swindel – Army
JoAnna Windborn – Air Force
Alexei Severnyak – Marine Corps
Kathryn Hollingsworth – Navy

Kathryn Hollingsworth accepts an award during the 2021 Citadel ROTC Awards Ceremony in McAlister Field House on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Special Forces Association Medal of Excellence

Presented to a standout freshman or sophomore cadet who has shown scholastic excellence and military proficiency in keeping with the ideals of U.S. Special Forces.

Wilhelm Birkholz – Army
Ethan McKenzie – Air Force
Sgt. Cody Martin – Marine Corps
Jordan Kish– Navy

Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Award

Presented to outstanding cadets who have made significant contributions to demonstrate and encourage patriotism through participation in activities on campus or in the community.

John Simone – Army
Zachary Young – Air Force
Jeremy Walker – Marine Corps
Hayes Pruitt – Navy

USAA Spirit Award

Presented to students in each ROTC department that best display the traits and characteristics that embody the spirit of service to others.

Ethan Goswick – Army
Colton Parcell – Air Force
GySgt. DAnielle Beck – Marine Corps
Matthew Weaver– Navy

Col. Benjamin Vandervoort 82nd Airborne Award

Presented to an Airborne qualified MS IV.  Receives a paratrooper trophy and monetary award from the COL Benjamin Vandervoort Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association..

Jonathan Westmoreland – Army

Veterans of Foreign Wars Award (VFW)

Presented annually to seniors or juniors in each ROTC department who has achieved an outstanding academic record.

Chase Wengerd – Army
Dallas Shreeve– Air Force
Jeremy Gentle– Marine Corps
Joseph Roland– Navy

ROTC training photos from the 2020-2021 academic year

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