The Northwestern State University Army ROTC held an Activation Ceremony for the 73rd Demon Battalion. Each year since 1951, NSU’s ARMY ROTC activates its cadet battalion as the graduating class leaves NSU and goes on to serve. Thursday, August 25, marked the activation of NSU’s 73rd cadet battalion at the student union ballroom, carrying on a tradition of excellence and service.
The new battalion flag and Infantry blue streamer was uncased for the first time by Cadet Major Michael Shamblin and Cadet Command Sergeant MJimmy Lara. Cadet Shamblin was filling in for Cadet LTC Cade Davis who is attending the Army Airborne school.
It was a busy summer, indeed for NSU Army ROTC! Several cadets were also recognized at the ceremony. Cadet Lara was presented with his RECONDO badge, the first earned by a NSU cadet in seven years. The cadet staff of the Demon battalion were introduced. Cadets Cade Davis, Taylor Dixon, Jimmy Lara. Michael Shamblin and Dylan Trueblood were recognized for their successful completion of Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, KY. Cadet Brandon Campbell began his Army journey at Basic Camp at Fort Knox. Cadet Loren Higginbotham spent 4 weeks at West Point learning small unit tactical operations, while Cadet Shamblin spent the summer at Shofield Barracks in Hawaii with the 25th Infantry Division.
When students initially enter ROTC, there is no military obligation. Two students who made the decision to serve as Army officers after graduation were sworn in as contract cadets. Mackenzie Cain and Caiden Matthews were sworn in by NSU Professor of Military Science LTC Joshua Drake.
One of the highlights of the event was the awarding of the inaugural scholarships from the Wise Foundation to three NSU Army cadets. The scholarships, named in honor of the late Major General Erbon W. Wise, former Adjutant General of Louisiana and NSU Alumnus, are intended to help first and second-year cadets who are awaiting contracting. Cadets Jordan Edwards, Todd Gladish and Layla Theriot were each presented their scholarships by LTC Drake.
Army ROTC is a superb compliment to anyone’s college education. The young men and women of NSU’s Army ROTC learn much about themselves as they meet the challenges of their regular college studies and ROTC classes. There are summer training opportunities as varied as parachuting and rappelling out of helicopters as well as unparalleled leadership training. There are opportunities to have your entire education paid for and have a job as an Army officer upon graduation. Ready to grow, get better and earn a scholarship? Call 318-357-6501.