Northwestern State University’s Army ROTC Demon Regiment held its annual military ball in the student union’s ballroom Saturday, March 24th. Alumni who served in conflicts from the Korean War through Afghanistan and Iraq were joined by the current cadets, instructors and guests in celebrating the remarkable group of young men and women who will take their place as Army officers upon graduation. The event also honored four of the Regiment’s alumni for their accomplishments in the military and in their civilian lives with induction into the Demon Regiment Hall of Fame. Honored were: Colonel James F. Bowie, Colonel Richard G. Brown, Major Leonard “Ted” Fowler and Lieutenant Colonel Edward T. Milligan. NSU ROTC 2011 graduate Captain Jimmie Watson delivered the keynote address to the assembly.
The alumni of the Demon Regiment also reach back to help the current cadets achieve their goals. Captain Kristen Enlow, Captain Brittany Janice and First Lieutenant Alejandro Cespedes have each established scholarships intended to help cadets that need assistance in completing their education. Retired Major General Erbon W. Wise established the Touchstone Award giving the chosen graduating cadet a voucher for an Army Service uniform to start off his or her career.
Northwestern State University has hosted Army ROTC for the past 68 years. Over its history, 1,057 young men have become Army officers through the program and have gone on to serve our nation with distinction in peace and war. Several current cadets are also serving in the National Guard and have gone with their units to assist communities stricken by the recent floods. ROTC is a force for good in our nation, a meritocracy blind to race or creed in which a person’s character and work ethic can take them far.
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