ROTC honor servicemen, families and sponsors at Oct. 8 game


ROTC Honors:

Northwestern State University, NSU ROTC, and its alumni arm, the Demon Regiment, were honored to recognize military spouses during the coin toss and at the start of the Oct. 8 football game between NSU and Kentucky Wesleyan.  Participating in festivities were soldiers and families of Fort Polk’s 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division.  The unit returned from Afghanistan in June.  Welcomed were Specialist Cody Kouns, his wife Kasey and their son Rhys; Private First Class Dustin Friedrich, his wife Rachel and their children Madalyn and Harper; Specialist Jesse Andersen, his wife Tiffany and their son Kelly who was born two days before Specialist Andersen returned home from Afghanistan; and Staff Sergeant William Gomez and his wife, Courtney.  This was Staff Sergeant Gomez’s fourth deployment. The Kouns have been married two years.  The Friedrichs have been married 3 years and are expecting their third child soon. For more information about NSU’s Army ROTC Program, call (318) 357-6501 or visit


Northwestern State University ROTC Professor of Military Science Lt. Col. Katherine Carlson thanked Jason Audirsch, general manager of Brookshire’s Food and Pharmacy, for his and Brookshire’s continued support of the ROTC Program by naming him honorary cannoneer for Saturday’s football game against Kentucky-Wesleyan. From left are Cadet Kendrick Shavers Jr., Audirsch, Carlson and Cadet Cameron Coleman. ROTC Cadets prepped and loaded the cannon and Aurdirsch fired the first shot rousting fans to cheer on the Demons.  For more information about NSU’s Army ROTC Program, call (318) 357-6501 or visit

Photos Courtesy of Kevin Shanahan