Campbell ROTC command among nation’s best

The Campbell University ROTC Battalion was again ranked in the top 15 percent of the nation’s 272 ROTC programs for 2005-2006 by the United States Army Cadet Command.Campbell President Jerry M. Wallace said he was excited and pleased to acknowledge the good news.”The Campbell ROTC program is highly valued by the faculty, students and alumni,” said Wallace. “Campbell graduates serve our nation with honor and distinction both in Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve commands and as exemplary citizens.”Major General W. Montague Winfield, Commander of the United States Army Cadet Command, said the achievement reflects the support that Campbell University gives its ROTC program.”This achievement exemplifies the hard work and dedication of Campbell University cadets and cadre staff,” Winfield said. “We appreciate this partnership for success, and we look forward to many more years of developing and commissioning young leaders for our Army and our nation.”The Campbell Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Milt Loffert, recently commissioned the 1,039th 2nd Lieutenant from the Campbell Battalion.”Officers commissioned from the Campbell Battalion are currently serving all across the globe in ranks from 2nd Lieutenant to Brigadier General,” Loffert said. “These exceptional officers are providing quality leadership to our nation’s soldiers and Campbell University had a large part in molding their professional character.”Indeed Campbell cadets have served valiantly, some making the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of others. On Nov. 7, 2005, 1st Lieutenant Justin Smith was killed in action during combat operations in Iraq. Smith graduated from Campbell’s ROTC program in 2004.Established in 1971, The Campbell University ROTC program consists of four schools from the Eastern Region ROTC in North Carolina. They are Campbell University, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Fayetteville State University and Methodist College in Fayetteville. The battalion has consistently out-performed other units both regionally and nationally, winning the prestigious MacArthur Award six out of the past 16 years for the best large category program in Cadet Command, as well as the Maxwell Thurman Award six out of the past 16 years for the best ROTC Cadet of all North Carolina colleges and universities. The battalion has also won numerous regional and national competitions.

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