On Saturday October 27, 2018 the Eastern Washington University ROTC program had the privilege of hosting the 50th anniversary reunion of graduates from the class of 1968 and 1969. 30 graduates from the EWU ROTC program and their family members attended the reunion event sponsored by the EWU Alumni Association. The day’s activities began with first watching the EWU football team wins its homecoming game against the University of Idaho, 38-14. During the game the 50th anniversary graduates were able to see current EWU ROTC Cadets participate in Cannon Crew in support of the home football team.
Following the football game the reunion participants then moved over to Cadet Hall where the EWU ROTC program is based out of. Cadet Hall is the same building that the reunion members participated in ROTC back in 1968.
Inside of the building they were able to view the various pictures and historical displays.
After touring the building the participants then had a catered dinner in the building’s shooting range area.
The ROTC program’s shooting range is named after retired Major General Ken Privratsky.
MG Privratsky was a 1969 graduate of the program who attended the reunion with his wife Kathy:
At the dinner reunion members and their family members had a chance to socialize with current ROTC Cadets as well as each other. Some of the reunion members had not seen each other in 50 years.
During the barbecue dinner the current Professor of Military Science (PMS) Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Stafford addressed the gathering about the current status of the university’s ROTC program:
We at the EWU ROTC program really hope that everyone had a fantastic time at the reunion and it was a great honor to host it at our historic Cadet Hall. Below are more pictures from the reunion. A big thank you to EWU ROTC alumni, Mr. Jerry Mellick for taking and sharing the photos with everyone.
Go Fighting Eagles!