CHARLESTON, S.C., Oct. 27.--Citadel cadet Lt. Col. Chris Pateras of Cape Coral, Florida, was presented the Col. Walter B. Clark Award during last week's afternoon dress parade at The Citadel. Retired Army Col. Clark, Citadel class of 1951 and former Commandant to the Corps of Cadets, made the presentation.
The award was established by members of the Citadel's U.S. Army ROTC group in 1977 in recognition of Col. Clark upon his retirement as a tribute to his faithful service to the U.S. Army and The Citadel.
Pateras earned the award for his highest overall standing among Citadel cadets at the Army ROTC advanced camp. Areas of performance considered for computation were: Army physical fitness test, land navigation, orienteering, military stakes, tactical application exercises, and the evaluation of his peers.
Cadet Pateras is the Battalion Commander for Stevens Barracks at The Citadel. He holds the second highest senior rank, lieutenant colonel, in the Corps of Cadets. Majoring in political science, he is a recipient of the Daniel Fund and Army scholarship. Pateras has consistently been appointed to the Dean's List for his academic achievement. Chris graduated from Gaithersburg High School in 1990 and is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Byron J. Pateras.