This past month featured Finals Week for the students followed by the Eastern Washington University (EWU) graduation. It was also time for end of the academic year awards for the various colleges within the university. One of the awards being given by the College of Social Sciences (CSS) was the Team Excellence Award. This year the award went to the EWU Military Science Department that operates the university’s U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. Over the past year the ROTC program known as the “Fighting Eagles” battalion has trained up to 100 Cadets and commissioned 12 of them as Second Lieutenants into the U.S. Army. The ROTC battalion also hosted the first ever German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (GAFPB) competition on the Eastern campus, executed a number of volunteer events in the community, and their Cadets received ratings above the Cadet Command average at the ROTC Advanced Camp.
From Left: Major Nicholas Carbaugh, Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Stafford, Mr. Jeff Greer, Sergeant First Class David Ratliff, Mr. Rob Riedel.
The Military Science Department also had personnel receive prestigious individual recognition over the past year. Sergeant First Class Jason Hennig was recognized as the Cadet Command Instructor of the Year and the Spokane Armed Forces Person of the Year, and Ms. Linda Moody was recognized as the Cadet Command Human Resources Administrator of the Year. The EWU Military Science Department was the only university in the nation to win two Cadet Command annual awards. Cadets in the program also won personal recognition, with one winning a EWU Student Leader Excellence Award and the other receiving the City of Cheney Award for their volunteer service. Another Cadet was awarded the prestigious Chertok Scholarship from the College of Social Sciences this year.
Thank you to the College of Social Sciences for recognizing the Military Science Department with this award.