A look at Eastern Region happenings
April 25, 2008
In with the new
Command Sgt. Maj.
Charles Green takes
over as top enlisted
Soldier in Eastern
Cadets at University of
Tennessee – Knoxville
organize the Mountain Man
March to remember one of
Old Dominion University’s
program growing by leaps
and bounds to record num-
bers. Cadre talk of a
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Green looks to improve foxhole
New Region command sgt. maj.
looks to keep passion high for job
By Forrest Berkshire also keep a passion for
Editor their job, and he hopes
to keep the passions
Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Green wasn’t hot in the region cadre.
familiar with the process of turning young col- “When you lose the
lege students into Army officers before last passion for what you
month. are doing, you will not
But he certainly appreciated the product. put forth the same
During his 15 months in Iraq with the 3rd effort,” Green said.
Stryker Brigade, based at Fort Lewis, Wash., he “And then there are
got to see how the rookie Soldiers stood up Cadets out there losing
under the pressure of deployment in a war the benefit of great
zone, going out on missions with them and leadership.”
talking to them about what was required of Green also said it is
them in theater. important that every-
“I was very impressed with the lieutenants one involved in the
we received,” Green said of his time deployed. mission of training
“I was impressed that when they arrived in the- leaders is made to feel
ater they were not surprised by what they were a part of the team and
seeing. They expected to see those things and feel appreciated.
were prepared.” “Our team is about
Green file It was his time deal- as diversified as it can
ing with young officers be,” Green said, point-
l Enlisted 1983 that made him excited ing out that Soldiers,
l Hometown: about his current government employees
Shreveport, La. assignment, as com- and contractors all
l Married 22 mand sergeant major work side-by-side on a
years, two chil- for Eastern Region. He daily basis.
dren replaced Command Sgt. Green is intent on Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Green speaks during his induc-
l Likes to fish Maj. Michael Peters keeping up the passion tion ceremony as Eastern Region command sergeant major.
l Overseas April 7. in the region, because Photo By Steve Arel/News Leader
tours include “That tells me the he feels passionate
Germany, process that ROTC about his new assignment. He also feels pas-
does, along with BOLC
II and II, is working and
sion for the Soldiers deployed in combat zones, Wiseman takes over
and realizes much of the responsibility for
Arabia and Iraq
is helpful,” Green said
of his experiences with
recruiting good officers lies with Cadet as chief of staff
young officers. Soldiers do not get to choose who they get
That is why Green says he is not here to Col. Tim Wiseman, current commander
as a leader.
make changes, but to make sure that the stan- of 4th Brigade at Fort Bragg, N.C., will
“Your mission is to go out and execute with
dards remain high and Eastern Region contin- take over for Col. Mike Cloy as Cadet
the people you are given,” Green said.
ues to turn out top-quality Cadets. Command’s chief of staff.
If someone shows up not ready, then the
Col. Chuck Waggoner, Region commander, Wiseman assumes his new duties in mid-
Soldiers, often the NCOs and senior officers,
said he is optimistic that Green will have a pos- June.
must develop that person.
itive impact on the region. “His Cadet Command operational expe-
But by turning out officers ready for leader-
“I want to continue to improve the foxhole,” rience and commitment will enable him to
ship, Cadet Command helps every Soldier out
Green said. “My mission is to sustain and start hot,” said Maj. Gen. W. Montague
there complete the mission easier and safer.
enhance.” Winfield, Cadet COmmand commander.
Green said that starts with good recruiting
To sustain the organization, Green said he Wiseman has spent two years as a
and developing students. And much of that
has some set goals. brigade commander.
recruitment effort comes this summer, with
One is to mentor younger NCOs who pro- “We are excited for the Cloy family as
Green’s first Leader’s Training Course.
vide much of the expertise in training Cadets they transition to a new career and wel-
“We have to show them it is challenging,”
on the tactical side of leadership. come Tim Wiseman and his family to Fort
he said. “It’s not impossible, but it is a chal-
In conjunction with that, he said, one must Monroe,” Winfield said.
April 25, 2008 l News Leader l 3
Outgoing CSM reflects on success
Support from fellow Soldiers and his family helped Peters attain highest enlisted rank
Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Peters, who gave up the reins at Eastern Region earlier this month, listens to Cadet Command
Commander Maj. Gen. W. Montague Winfield at Peters’ change of responsibility ceremony. Photo by Forrest Berkshire/News
By Steve Arel “To my wife, Sharon, and my daughters, ing people like Peters are responsible in
Public affairs officer Vanessa and Melissa, thanks for your stead- large part for the Army’s success.
fast love and support over the years. I know “It’s a great deal of honor the nation
No one succeeds alone. it wasn’t always easy with me not being owes him today,” Waggoner said. “He has
There is always someone there to lend a around.” done everything you could
hand, open a door, provide mentorship and Command Sgt. Maj. “It has been an ever want as a senior non-
offer guidance. Charles Green takes over for commissioned officer.
Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Peters never Peters, who spent four years honor to lead “He cares about what he
forgot the countless people who played a with Eastern Region. He has is doing. I couldn’t have
role in his success as a Soldier. And in his been with the region since some of found a better partner. We’re
final day as the top enlisted person in
Eastern Region, he applauded those who
February, shadowing Peters
and getting to know people
America’s losing a great Soldier.”
Peters arrived at the
helped him along the way.
Without an army of supporters — from
throughout the command. finest sons region shortly after it was
Prior to joining Eastern established by a Cadet
fellow Soldiers to government civilians to Region, Green, a 24-year and daughters.” Command reconfiguration.
his family — Peters could not have spent 31 veteran, served as command Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Peters He leaves as the command is
years in uniform, he told about 70 people sergeant major for a Stryker former Eastern Region CSM undergoing another drastic
attending his change of responsibility cere- brigade at Fort Lewis, Wash. reshaping that will see the
mony April 7 at the Patton Museum on Fort He said he is approaching his new position region structure disappear at the beginning of
Knox. with much anticipation. next year, multiple brigades consolidate and
“It has been an honor to lead some of “This team is full of energy and drive,” culminate with the move of Cadet
America’s finest sons and daughters, a task I Green said of those from the region headquar- Command’s headquarters to Fort Knox.
do not take lightly,” he said. “There was ters down to the programs at the school level. During his tenure, Peters spent consider-
never a mission that was too great, no task Replacing Peters won’t be easy, region able time on the road mentoring noncommis-
that was too difficult and you always put the commander Col. Chuck Waggoner said. He sioned officers at various schools and offer-
mission first. highlighted the sergeant major’s talent, say-
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continued from previous page
Soldier remembered ing advice to future Army officers.
Though his parents never served in the
military, Peters’ family has a lengthy history
of military service. Along with his four
By Juan Antonio Lizama “They were good
brothers and a nephew, the Georgia native’s
Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch Christians,” Nela
family has had a member on active duty the
Feliciano, a former
The Sacred Heart Catholic Church parish in last 53 consecutive years, beginning with his
Sacred Heart church
Prince George County is mourning the death oldest brother in 1955.
member, said in a phone
of a choir member and Soldier who died in Collectively, the six have served more
interview from Florida.
Iraq. than 130 years in the Army. Two of his
“They were good people.
Capt. Ulises Burgos-Cruz, 29, of Puerto They were a couple made brothers retired as sergeants major.
Rico, assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry for each other.” “My parents … are looking down from
Division in Fort Riley, Kan., died April 6 in Sacred Heart celebrat- heaven smiling and saying how proud they are
Balad. His vehicle encountered an improvised Brugos-Cruz of their children,” Peters said. “… Their pride
ed a Sunday Mass in the
explosive device, Fort Riley spokeswoman memory of Burgos-Cruz. The parish is feeling in their country and patriotism helped mold and
Alison L. Kohler said. his death, the Rev. John J. Wagner III said. “He support five of their sons and one grandson to
He joined the Army seven years ago and was a charismatic and gifted person.” serve in the United States Army. That is what
deployed to Iraq with the 1st Infantry Division Roman, also a choir member, said Burgos- duty, honor and country meant to them.
transition team last June as an ordnance offi- Cruz helped the group record a Christian “We did not enter the Army to make his-
cer. Transition teams train for 60 days at Fort music CD. tory or try to set any records. So I am sure
Riley to advise, teach, mentor and coach their “He had a lot of talent for using recording many of you are asking what is so special
Iraqi or Afghan counterparts. He was an equipment,” he said. about the Army that made my brothers and I
ROTC graduate of the University of Puerto The choir shared time with Burgos-Cruz join and make a career out of it. I will
Rico-Rio Piedras, and commissioned in 2001. during rehearsals, dinners together and even answer that question with three simple
“He left telling us that he was going to shopping for a uniform for the choir, Roman words: duty, honor, country.”
come back,” said Sgt. Carlos Roman, a Sacred said. Peters doesn’t officially retire until
Heart church member. “In two months he “They were the kind of people that, unfortu- September. He’s not sure what he will do
would have been home.” nately, you don’t meet every day,” he said. next, though he has received all sorts of
Burgos-Cruz’s wife, Sarita Burgos-Cruz, Sarita Burgos-Cruz is pregnant. The child is advice — sit at home, continue his educa-
returned to her family in Puerto Rico when her due this summer. Roman said the couple lost tion, grow out his hair, take up golf.
husband was deployed. three previous pregnancies because of compli- “You have touched the lives of a genera-
During the couple’s five-month stay in Fort cations and was anticipating their first child. tion of Soldiers,” said Maj. Gen. W.
Lee, Md., they made an impact with their Roman said he spoke to Sarita Burgos-Cruz Montague Winfield, Cadet Command com-
friendly and good-natured personalities. Both in Puerto Rico. mander. “It’s difficult to say goodbye and
were choir members at Sacred Heart’s “Her mission right now,” he said, “is to have something you have given so much to.
Hispanic ministry, which has a Sunday bring that baby into the world and to give him … The road you’re going to travel is paved
Spanish-language Mass. his (father’s) name.” with opportunity.”
JROTC Cadets finish mission in Soldier’s memory
By Cathy Dyson the students with the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored
The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.) “It’s a really sad time, but at the same Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas. His
time, it’s really brought everyone together,” funeral was held at the United States
Before Capt. Torre Mallard left for his senior George Arvan said. “It makes you Military Academy at West Point, from
second tour of duty in Iraq, he and his father appreciate life because you never know which Mallard graduated with honors in
talked about care packages, among other what could happen.” 2002.
things. The JROTC students were the reason the When Mose Mallard entered the West
The Army captain thought it would be elder Mallard went back to work shortly Point chapel, his jaw dropped when he saw
great if his father’s JROTC students at after his son’s funeral. Plus, he doesn’t like Spotsylvania people. Three fellow instruc-
Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center to be idle. tors, two students and one parent made the
sent boxes to the troops. The 46-year-old spent 22 years in the six-hour drive to New York.
April 7, the JROTC students loaded up Army, including a year in Iraq during Desert “I just lost it, I cried, out of joy, that peo-
100 packages as the captain asked. But Storm/Desert Shield. He taught JROTC in ple thought so much of my son,” Mallard
instead of being sent to him, they were sent Fairfax County, Va., for three years before said.
in the officer’s memory. he came to the Spotsylvania school in 2006. Sophomores Krystal Cole and Samantha
Capt. Torre Mallard was killed by an Mallard knew how much the county sup- Sensel talked Samantha’s mother, Jerri
improvised explosive device March 10 in ported the JROTC program, but he didn’t Arrington, into driving them to the service.
Balad Ruz, Iraq. His father, Master Sgt. realize that extended to him personally until “He’s kind of like a father to some of us,”
Mose Mallard, thought it was important for his son’s funeral. Krystal said. “Since he’s always been there
the Cadets to finish the mission and so did Torre Mallard was a decorated officer for us, we wanted to be there for him.”
April 25, 2008 l News Leader l 5
for a cause
organize walk to
of their own
Above, University of Tennessee-Knoxville ROTC Cadets march through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as part of
the Mountain Man March, which they organized to remember UT alum Frank Walkup, who was killed in June in Iraq. Below,
Cadets race up the side of a mountain. Photos submitted by UT-K ROTC
By Matt Lakin ian attire.
Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel Walkup’s friends say it’s the perfect trib-
Frank Walkup’s friends remember him “He’d love it,” said Ryan, who met
as a model Soldier. Walkup as a freshman. “He’d be the first
“He was the epitome of a leader,” said one to sign up and the first one to finish.”
Jesse Ryan, a fellow Cadet in the Organizers got the idea for the event
University of Tennessee’s Army Reserve from the Bataan Memorial Death March,
Officers’ Training Corps. “He led by an annual trek through the desert by New
example all the time.” Mexico State University ROTC Cadets in
Walkup, a 23-year-old Woodbury, Tenn., honor of World War II veterans who sur-
native and 2005 UT graduate, died June 16 vived capture by Japanese forces.
in Rashaad, Iraq. His death made him the “We decided to do one on our own side
first graduate of UT’s Army ROTC pro- of the country,” said Maj. Mark Chitwood,
gram to die in the Iraq War. a two-time Iraq veteran and assistant pro-
Ryan and others carried his memory fessor of military science at UT. “A lot of
April 5 as about 100 Cadets and civilians memorials exist to the fallen, but we want-
marched through the Smoky Mountains in ed to do something through our actions.
tribute to Walkup and all U.S. troops, liv- Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund We wanted to showcase our Cadets and
ing and dead, as part of the first Mountain and to help buy equipment for the ROTC honor those fallen and still serving at the
Man March. program. same time.”
The march, which stretched more than Participants in the march came from He hopes to see the march become an
26 miles, started at the Gatlinburg Inn and around East Tennessee and the Southeast, annual event.
finished by dark at the Gatlinburg organizers said. Some marched in uniform “We’re just hoping this tradition carries
Community Center. Proceeds went to the bearing military rucksacks, others in civil- on (Walkup’s) name,” Chitwood said.
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Old Dominion sees record growth
By Matthew Jones
They may be coming for the money.
They may be coming for the experience.
They may be coming for the camaraderie.
But they’re coming.
Old Dominion University has seen its
Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps
double over the past four years to 180 stu-
This is the biggest group in the pro-
gram’s 39-year history; the largest in its
brigade, which includes Virginia and North
By comparison, the Hampton Roads
Naval ROTC, which includes three local
schools – Old Dominion, Norfolk State and
Hampton universities – currently has 186
“The Army’s where it’s at nowadays,”
said Maj. Joel Eberly, the program’s execu- Cadets from Old Dominion University’s Army ROTC receive training in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
tive officer. at Norfolk Karate Academy. Photos by Bill Tiernan/The Virginian-Pilot
Patriotism is what brings in a lot of stu-
petuate itself, in that many Cadets are join- a medic in Iraq.
dents, he said. Also the Army, which bears
ing because others have promoted the pro- They told him ROTC would help pay for
much of the brunt in the current conflicts in
gram. This in turn builds more excitement, college and, after he investigated, he liked
Iraq and Afghanistan, is growing.
which attracts still more people and so on. what he saw. He’s already in the National
As a result, it can offer Cadets an
This, Eberly added, coupled with some Guard and trains with them monthly.
increasing number of career fields and
scholarships. Nurses, for example, are in aggressive marketing, is paying off. He’s leaning toward field artillery and
high demand and are treated well, Eberly “It’s kind of like a football team. We’ve knows he stands a good chance of going to
said. The program now averages 15 at any got a little dynasty going on,” he said, Iraq.
given time. adding he’d like the program to be No. 2 in “It’s what you join up for,” he said. “It’s
The group is a mix of college freshmen size by the time he leaves for North what you want to do for your country.”
and students who served active duty enlist- Carolina after this semester. Stephanie Corsaro, a freshman from
ed or in the National Guard before going to “That’s my goal before I roll.” Keansburg, N.J., said she joined ROTC for
college. Thirty percent are women. On a Thursday afternoon this month, the the scholarships and leadership training.
About half the Cadets plan to go into the Cadets marched up 45th Street to Norfolk She’s considering becoming a physi-
National Guard upon graduation, Eberly Karate Academy, where William Odom, a cian’s assistant and likes that the program
said, and the other half will go initially on retired Army colonel, instructed them in would allow her to pursue a military and
active duty. They’ll have four- to eight-year Gracie Jiu-Jitsu as part of their physical civilian career simultaneously.
commitments, depending on their scholar- training. She, too, has considered being sent to the
ship, which most will fill with a mix of Chris Valdez, a Virginia Beach sopho- Middle East.
active duty and reserve service. more studying business administration, said “A first, I thought I’d never want to go,”
Lt. Col. Bill Brown, who oversees he has two uncles in the Army Reserve, as she said. “But now I know people over
ODU’s program, said it has started to per- well as a cousin who’s currently serving as there. It’s different now.”
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April 25, 2008 l News Leader l 7
Austin Peay program diverse
School has Cadets from seven different countries in its battalion
By Austin Peay ROTC ties. ic, and he “wanted to
Leadership qualities, coupled with person- contribute to the country
This year the Austin Peay State University al grief, have given Cadet Jason Knight a that adopted me.”
ROTC program has seven Cadets in the pro- clear perspective on his future in the Army. Although Auguste has
gram who are naturalized citizens of the Knight, who spent the first few years of his not yet received his
United States of America. life in Grenada, said his family is his sole branch, he intends to
The program currently has Cadets who reason for pursuing a commission. return to the Adjutant
were once citizens of Grenada, South Korea, While Knight was deployed in Iraq as an General Corps.
Sierra Leone, Mexico, Haiti and Kenya. The enlisted Soldier, his daughter, Chielah, Each of the natural-
seven naturalized Cadets are former enlisted passed away at the age of 18 months. “I ized citizen Cadets has
Soldiers and six have served their new nation have always wanted to brought a wealth of
in either Iraq or Afghanistan. Arias
do something worth- experience to the ROTC
Nearly 70,000 active duty Soldiers, or 5 while for my daugh- program at Austin Peay.
percent of the Army, were born in foreign ter,” he said. Lt. Col. Norman Lane, the battalion execu-
countries. Cadet Crawl Joseph tive officer, said these Cadets bring some-
The American Dream is being realized by was born in Haiti and thing to the program because of their prior
each of these seven Cadets through the moved to Miami dur- enlistments, as well as the fact that most
Army’s Green to Gold Program. This pro- ing his junior high have served in combat. He also said the
gram enables enlisted Soldiers to go to col- school years. His main number of naturalized citizen Cadets bolsters
lege and earn a degree as well as a commis- goal is to make the the program’s already
sion as an officer in the United States Army. military a career. growing numbers.
“The Army has given me a lot of opportu- Knight “I’m a lifer,” Joseph “It’s the largest we’ve
nities,” said Cadet Teresia Kamau, an enlist- said. Although he is been in years,” Lane
ed soldier born in Kenya. “I worked with a proud of his time as an enlisted Soldier with said. “The Army might
lot of Soldiers, but as the Quartermaster Corps, Joseph wanted to be having recruitment
an officer I will have be an officer in the Army. problems, but we’ve got
more opportunities to Becoming an Army officer has been a life Cadets coming out of
lead.” long dream of Cadet Cesar Arias. He was our ears here and that’s
Cadet Sung Hong born in Mazatlan, Mexico. a great problem to
was born in South “I used to watch American war movies Kamau have.” Lt. Col. Samuel
Korea and even com- and dream about being an officer in the U.S. Ligo, the professor of
pleted his mandatory Army,” he said. Shortly after his 19th birth- military science, said that he is in awe of the
service in the South day, he moved to Westport, Conn., to live motivated Soldiers who came to America
Korean Army. He came with his father and with little more than a big dream.
to the U.S. as a young pursue his dreams. “I think it is amazing a little girl born in
journalist writing for a Arias enlisted in the Kenya can later become an officer in the
Hong Korean language news- Army because of the greatest Army in the world. I have a tremen-
paper in Chicago. citizenship require- dous amount of respect for them,” Ligo said.
Hong decided to enlist in the Army in 2005. ments to become an “The fact that they can do this is one of the
“I met a lot of people who were in the officer. Clinging to his many things I love about the U.S. Army.”
Army, and they said it was a nice job.” dream, Arias attained According to the American Immigration
Hong, who already had a wife and two his citizenship and is Law Foundation, immigrants have historical-
children in America, received his citizenship on his way to pinning ly made significant contributions to the
last year. “I hope I will go into the military on lieutenant’s bars. nation’s defense. Roughly 21 percent, or
intelligence branch as a Korean linguist.” Cadet Wedly 716, of the 3,406 Congressional Medal of
As for Cadet Akim Kamara, born in Sierra Auguste, a native of Honor winners have been immigrants.
Leone, the Quartermaster Corps will be his Cap Haitien, Haiti, Although U.S. citizenship, naturalized or
first choice of branch in the Army. Kamara is Kamara moved to Irvington, otherwise, is a requirement to become an
a senior majoring in health and human per- N.J. at age 20 to be officer, permanent residents can enlist into
formance. with family. He made his decision to become the armed forces. The U.S. Citizenship and
“I can make changes and bring different an officer while already serving on active Immigration Services has naturalized more
types of leadership skills,” Kamarasaid. duty as an enlisted Soldier. Auguste appreci- than 33,750 members of the armed forces
Kamara said he feels his experiences as a ates the U.S. and the Army for giving him a since the beginning of the War on Terror.
foreign-born officer, coupled with his prior chance to make a better life for his family Consequently, 102 of the citizenships were
enlisted service, will give him a unique per- and himself. given posthumously due to deaths occurring
spective with regard to his leadership quali- He views serving in the military as patriot- during the war.
8 l News Leader l April 25, 2008
Cadets visit Walter Reed WVU wins best
during Washington, D.C., trip program by
By Cadet Lisa Acton wounds. Also, he talked about the other MacArthur
University of Dayton types of therapy that the Soldiers experi-
Cadets from the University of Dayton
ence when they arrive at Walter Reed.
For most Cadets, visiting with the
and Ohio State University visited various injured Soldiers had the greatest impact. Each year the MacArthur Foundation
national monuments, including all the war They talked about where they were from and Cadet Command jointly present the
memorials, on a recent trip to and how they were wounded. MacArthur Awards to recognize the com-
Washington, D.C. However, the most
Most Soldiers told their stories a few mand’s best battalions. These awards recog-
influential part was visiting Walter Reed
times as Cadets rotated in and out of their nize performance among small, medium and
Army Medical Center.
rooms. Their rooms were decorated with large battalions in each region during the
Upon arrival at Walter Reed, the Cadets
met with Lt. Col. Gregory Gadson, a West cards and pictures of battle buddies, and
just- completed mission set. The foundation
Point classmate and football teammate of one room was extravagantly decked out in
and the command also recognize an overall
Lt. Col. Charles Schretzman, professor of 82nd Airborne accessories that showed
the Soldier’s love for his unit. command winner from each region.
military science at the University of
When one noncommissioned officer The MS 07 MacArthur Award winners
Dayton, and Lt. Col. Todd Miller, PMS at
Ohio State. was asked for his best advice he replied for Eastern Region Cadet Command are:
On May 7, 2007, Gadson, commander with, “Just take care of your Soldiers.” Small: Niagara University
of 2nd Battalion 32nd Field Artillery, was Gadson continues to inspire Soldiers. Medium: Canisius College
wounded in Iraq while returning from a “He is an inspiration to all of us, an Large: West Virginia University
memorial service. A roadside bomb went exemplary officer,” senior UD Cadet Overall: West Virginia University
off under the passenger side of his vehi- Ahren Lavallee said. “It amazed me that
cle, hitting Gadson’s legs and throwing he looked out for the welfare of many
him from the vehicle. other Soldiers, even while receiving treat- Eastern Region names
First Sgt. Frederick Johnson found
Gadson and resuscitated him, while Pfc.
ment for his injuries. He listened to other
Soldiers at Walter Reed, genuinely caring
Cadet Command award
Eric Brown tied tourniquets on both of
Gadson’s upper thighs. After being trans-
about their conditions. He is committed to
ported to multiple hospitals, Gadson But Gadson’s inspiration has spread This year’s Eastern Region nominees for
finally arrived at Walter Reed Army beyond that now. He has traveled to UD Cadet Command Awards for Excellence
Medical Center. to give inspirational talks to the women’s were:
After many attempts to save his lower PMS of the Year: Lt. Col. Daniel Albert,
and men’s basketball teams before games.
limbs, the decision was made to amputate
More recently, Gadson inspired the West Virginia University
the lower half of his legs.
underdogs of the Super Bowl, the New Instructor (officer) of the Year: Capt.
Many Cadets were unsure of what to
York Giants. He was named honorary Rodney Cruce, University of Central Florida
expect from their visit to Walter Reed.
“I was a little nervous because my dad team captain and participated in the coin Instructor (enlisted) of the Year: Master
had just left for his deployment to Iraq. I toss at the NFC championship game Sgt. John Durocher, University of Scranton
was expecting more chaos, but the hospi- between the Giants and the Green Bay ROO of the Year: Capt. Sunny Mitchell,
tal was pretty calm,” senior UD Cadet Packers. He was also able to travel with Western Kentucky University
Jackie Giulitto said. the team to the Super Bowl, where they Nurse Counselor of the Year: Capt.
The Cadets walked through different defeated the New England Patriots. Stephanie Martinson, 2nd Brigade
parts of the hospital, including the new Gadson will also be the guest of honor HRA of the Year: Jean Brooks, The Citadel
rehabilitation center. Gadson explained and speaker for the 2008 commissioning Supply Technician of the Year: Randy
the different equipment and how it bene- ceremony of Cadets at the University of Head, Columbus State University
fitted Soldiers with different types of Dayton. The winners will be announced this summer.
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