ROTC students recognized for outstanding achievements
The Citadel’s ROTC departments annually nominate their finest cadets and active duty students for awards recognizing academic and military excellence.
This year’s award recipients were honored on Thursday, March 22, 2012, in McAlister Field House. The awards and winners are:
USAA Spirit Award
The USAA Spirit Award recognizes students in each ROTC department that best display the traits and characteristics that embody the spirit of service to others.
Army: Cadet Andrew Bierman
Navy: Midshipman John Cowart
Air Force: Cadet Scott Graves
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Award
The Veterans of Foreign Wars award is presented annually to a senior or junior in each ROTC department that has achieved an outstanding academic record.
Army: Cadet Charles Smith
Navy: Midshipman John Tousignant
Marine Corps: Midshipman Collin Alexander
Air Force: Cadet David Ivashchenko
The National Defense Industrial Association Award
The National Defense Industrial Association Award is presented to a cadet that has demonstrated superior leadership qualities.
Army: Cadet Julia McCullohs
Navy: Midshipman Gregory Smith
Marine: Midshipman Eric Berman
Air Force: Cadet Michael Shore
The National Defense Transportation Association Award
The National Defense Transportation Association Award recognizes an outstanding cadet that demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities, academic achievement, aptitude for military service, meritorious achievement and noteworthy service in the promotion of preparedness for the national defense of the United States.
Air Force: Cadet Charlie Sackett
Navy: Midshipman Eric Aragone
National Society of Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America Award
The National Society of Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America Award is awarded to the outstanding upperclassmen who demonstrated the qualities of leadership, high scholastic average and who are highly active in student affairs.
Army: Cadet Lyle Hedman
Marine: Midshipman Evan Gresham
Navy: Midshipman Joseph Schiano
Air Force: Cadet Colin Twohig
The American Legion Scholastic Excellence Awards
The American Legion ROTC Scholastic Excellence awards are presented to the Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard Cadets who have demonstrated scholastic excellence.
Army: Cadet Michael Garofolo
Marine Corps: Gunnery Sgt. Matthew Duncan
Navy: Midshipman Alexander Morgan
Air Force: Cadet Camden Hardison
Coast Guard: Cadet William Richard Singletary
The American Legion Military Excellence Awards
The American Legion ROTC General Military Excellence Award is presented to Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard cadets who have demonstrated military excellence.
Army: Cadet John Roberts
Marine Corps: Midshipman Alexander Wettstein
Navy: Midshipman Eric Aragonne
Air Force: Cadet Clay Frontz
Coast Guard: Cadet Stephen Bowden
National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Silver ROTC Medal
The Sons of the American Revolution medals are awarded to the outstanding Army, Marine, Navy and Air Force cadets based on military excellence and scholarship in their ROTC studies and activities.
Army: Cadet Scott Benton
Marine Corps: Midshipman Branden Nuss
Navy: Midshipman Drew Debruhl
Air Force: Cadet Jeffrey Johnson
The National Sojourners Award
The National Sojourners Award is presented to an outstanding cadet in each ROTC unit who demonstrated and encouraged the ideals of Americanism within the Corps of Cadets.
Army: Cadet Sutton Ward
Marine Corps: Sgt. Christopher Fox
Navy: Midshipman Matthew Arend
Air Force: Cadet Ryan Schieber
The Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Award
This award recognizes an outstanding sophomore or junior. The award recipient must have made significant contributions to demonstrate and encourage patriotism by deeds or conduct during participation in activities on campus or in the community. The recipient must also demonstrated academic excellence and a potential for outstanding leadership by exhibiting the qualities of dependability, good character, self-discipline, good citizenship as well as patriotism.
Army: Cadet Matthew Phillips
Marine Corps: Midshipman Julie O’ Meara
Navy: Midshipman Zachary Northcutt
Air Force: Cadet Angel Johnson
Air Force Association Silver Medal Award
This award is presented to a junior Air Force ROTC cadet in recognition of outstanding achievement in leadership and academic standing in the Air Force ROTC.
Cadet Daniel Pittman
The Military Order of the World Wars Award
The Military Order of the World Wars award is presented to one member in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th class for each branch of service for their diligence in demonstrating military excellence and outstanding accomplishments during the year.
Army: Cadets Benjamin Young, Jack Russell and Caleb Black
Marine Corps: Midshipmen Christopher Schnackenberg, Collin Hicks and Hayden Lancaster
Navy: Midshipmen Colt Kirkpatrick, Eric Samayoa and Dimitri Paspalaris
Air Force: Cadets James Farmer, Ryan Traster and Benjamin McCoy
The Military Order of the Purple Heart Leadership Medal Award
The Military Order of the Purple Heart is presented to cadets selected by their ROTC departments based solely on their demonstrated Leadership excellence.
Army: Cadet Daniel Smith
Marine Corps: Midshipman Michael Lucky
Air Force: Cadet Steven Weippert
Navy: Midshipman Mark Pierce
The Military Officer Association of America Award
The Military Officer Association of America awarded is presented annually to 2nd class ROTC cadets who have demonstrated academic excellence, high moral character, loyalty to the unit, school and country and who show exceptional potential for military leadership.
Army: Cadet Cody Chick
Marine Corps: Midshipman Matthew Holliday
Navy: Midshipman John Roos
Air Force: Cadet Michael Shore
The American Veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam Award
The American Veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam Award is presented annually to ROTC Cadets for diligence, discharge of duty and willingness to serve God and country.
Army: Cadet Kurt Lichtenstein
Marine Corps: Midshipman Noah Miller
Navy: Midshipman Isay Rapoport
Air Force: Cadet Byron Doan
The Daughters of the American Revolution Award
This award recognizes 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.
Army: Cadet Jeffrey Selan
Marine Corps: Midshipman David Peck
Air Force: Cadet Matthew Knox
Navy: Midshipman Mary Bennett
The Reserve Officers Association of the United States Award
The Reserve Officers Association Award is presented to cadets who have demonstrated outstanding competence in the arts and sciences of National Defense.
Army: Cadets Phillip Martin, Jeffrey Batchelder and Christopher Gamble
Navy: Midshipman Eric Aragone, Officer Candidate Nathan Cintula and Midshipman Matthew Bernard
Air Force: Cadets Benjamin Tillman, Daniel Pittman and Clay Frontz
The Association of the United States Army Award
This award is presented annually to the cadet who epitomizes the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless-service, honor, integrity and personal courage
Cadet Andrew Pease
The Association of the United States Army History Award
The Association of the U.S. Army, in conjunction with the U.S. Army Center of Military History, presents a volume of the U.S. Army official history series to a cadet for excellence in the study of military history at The Citadel.
Cadet James Robey
The General Society of the War of 1812 Award
The General Society of the War of 1812 award is presented to a sophomore that has done the most to demonstrate and encouraged the ideals of Americanism by both deed and conduct.
Army: Cadet Lewis Dunaway
Navy: Midshipman John Watson
Air Force: Cadet William Utsey
The General Westmoreland Award
This award is presented to an Airborne Qualified Cadet at The Citadel by The 82nd Airborne Division, Low Country Airborne Chapter.
Cadet Morgan Fowler
Navy League Honors Award
Each year the Charleston Council of the Navy League recognizes the top academic performers in the Navy ROTC department. Presented to each honor graduate are certificates of recognition, enrollment into the Navy Memorial Log at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., a United States Savings Bond and a dinner-for-two certificate to one of Charleston’s finest restaurants.
Marine Corps: Gunnery Sgt. Michael Kristek
Navy: Officer Candidate Jason Barker
The Naval Submarine League Award
The Naval Submarine League Award recognizes the top Navy ROTC graduate volunteering for the Submarine Force.
Midshipman Andrew Fender
The Marine Corps League Leadership Award
The Marine Corps League recognizes outstanding Marine and Navy seniors that have excelled in the areas of leadership, academics and military performance.
Marine Corps: Midshipman Anthony Koert and Sergeant Justin Bennett
Navy: Officer Candidate Steven Hucks and Midshipman Alexander Morgan
The Marine Corps Association Award
The Marine Corps Association Award is 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.
Midshipman Mallory Colegrove and Staff Sgt. Ross Geske
The Society of American Military Engineers
The Society of American Military Engineers Award recognizes the outstanding junior engineering student of the General Military Reserve Officers Training Corps.
Army: Cadet Timothy Quinn
Air Force: Cadets Leleia Hsia and Matthew Herold
Navy: Midshipman Andrew Fender
The Department of the Army Superior Cadet Award
The Department of the Army provides this award annually to the outstanding freshman, sophomore, junior and senior ROTC cadet in the top 25 percent of their ROTC class and academic class.
Cadets Wilhelm Bunjor, Michael Perrone, Terri Craig and Michael Fox
The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Education Foundation Award
The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Education Foundation award recognizes ROTC students who have good moral character, academic excellence and potential to serve as officers in the United States Armed Forces.
Army: Cadet Christian Scowcroft
Air Force: Cadet Djordon Porter
Navy: Officer Candidate Michael Lacey
The Society of Daughters of the War of 1812
This award is presented to a cadet who has significantly demonstrated and encouraged the ideals of Americanism by both deed and conduct.
Army: Brittany Crocker
Air Force: Ryan Statler
Navy: Midshipman Casey McAuliffe