Cadet commanders will receive MacArthur and Cincinnati awards
Cadet Col. Cory Moyer and Cadet Capt. Gregory Nolan will be honored on Friday, Feb 18, 2011, with two of The Citadel’s most prestigious awards recognizing cadet excellence and leadership.
Moyer will receive the Medal of the Society of the Cincinnati of South Carolina Award while Nolan will receive the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation award.
The Society of the Cincinnati Award is given annually to the senior cadet officer who best exemplifies the combined qualities of a good soldier and a good citizen – characteristics of the patriots who fought to obtain America’s freedom and which the Society pledges to perpetuate. These citizen-soldier characteristics are modeled after Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, a Roman farmer who became a successful general, and charter members of the Society of the Cincinnati, include George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Marquis de Lafayette.
The Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation presents its annual award to outstanding cadets of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States. Cadets are recognized for excelling in athletics, academics and leadership in the Corps of Cadets and excelling by the standards set by the AMCSUS. It is among the college’s most prestigious annual awards presentations. The objective is to encourage students to emulate and practice the qualities exemplified by Douglas MacArthur as a cadet at the West Texas Military Institute and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
According to Commandant of Cadets Col. Leo Mercado both cadets “embody the qualities of good citizens and soldiers and work tirelessly to lead the Corps with a focus on establishing a firm foundation for the future.”
Moyer, a civil engineering major from Freedom, Pa., has held a variety of positions in the Corps of Cadets and is this year’s Regimental Commander. His name will be engraved on the Society of the Cincinnati memorial plaque in the lobby of Bond Hall.
Nolan is commander of Papa Company and is from Marcellus, N.Y. He is majoring in psychology.
Upon graduation in May, Moyer and Nolan will be commissioned as officers in the U.S. Marine Corps.