EWU Army ROTC Cadet Receives Prestigious Award from the Society of American Military Engineers

The Eastern Washington University Army ROTC, “Fighting Eagles” battalion is pleased to announce that Cadet, Christian Goldbach was selected for the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) ROTC Award of Merit.

EWU Army ROTC Cadet, Christian Goldbach displays his Society of American Military Engineers ROTC Award of Merit.

This award was established to annually recognize outstanding engineering Cadets across the nation.  The SAME ROTC Award of Merit is a bronze medal that was first authorized for Cadets back in 1948.  To be eligible for the award Cadets had to be a junior or senior engineering student, be in the Top 25 percent of the engineering class, in the Top 25 percent of their ROTC class, and display exceptional leadership skills. Cadet Goldbach was 1 of the 20 Cadets selected nationwide for the award from the country’s 274 ROTC programs.

EWU Army ROTC Cadet, Christian Goldbach pictured evaluating Cadet training during a weekly Leadership Lab.

Christian is a Mechanical Engineering major entering his final year at Eastern.  Besides excelling academically he has also been a four year member of the university’s Ranger Challenge team and regularly achieves the maximum score on the Army Physical Fitness Test.  He further displayed his high level of fitness by earning the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge.  The badge is one of the few foreign service awards authorized for wear on U.S. military uniforms.  He has been part of the Color Guard and Cannon Crew that support EWU’s sporting teams as well.  He was also selected for a military exchange program where he spent the summer at the Escuela Militar de Chorrillos, Peru’s version of West Point located in the capitol city of Lima.

Goldbach in Peru
Cadet Christian Goldbach, Eastern Washington University, at dinner during his assignment at Peru’s premier military academy, Escuela Militar de Chorrillos.

Congratulations to Cadet Goldbach for earning this prestigious award.

Go ROTC!  Go Fighting Eags!

For Two Years in A Row, EWU Army ROTC Recognized with Top Instructor Award


The Eastern Washington University (EWU) Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), “Fighting Eagles” battalion is pleased to announce that for the second year in a row one of our faculty members has been recognized with a U.S. Army Cadet Command Instructor of the Year Award.  Major (MAJ) Nicholas Carbaugh was recognized as the 2020 Officer Instructor of the Year out of all 274 ROTC battalion across the country.

MAJ Nicholas Carbaugh

As MAJ Carbaugh advanced through the different levels of the award process he had to submit multiple videos of himself instructing his students as well as letters of recommendation. A board at Cadet Command headquarters at Fort Knox, Kentucky review all the submissions from across the United States that made it to the final round and selected MAJ Carbaugh as the top instructor.

MAJ Carbaugh is a finance graduate from Virginia Tech who serves in the Field Artillery branch.  He has been instructing at EWU for nearly two years.  This year he has served as the lead instructor for our third year Cadets to prepare them to attend Advanced Camp training.  For the past two years our Cadets have had well above average Advanced Camp scores assisted by MAJ Carbaugh’s instruction.

MAJ Carbaugh
MAJ Carbaugh (right) talks with Cadet Cesar Guzman (left) during a March 2020 Field Training Exercise.

MAJ Carbaugh also represents the Department of Military Science as its representative on the Academic Senate.  As a senator he is responsible for helping to formulate university policy and take part in the development of recommendations to be acted on by the Board of Trustees.  In the local community he was elected as the Treasurer for the Montessori School Board where he is responsible for advising on how the school spends its budget.  MAJ Carbaugh is clearly not only an outstanding instructor, but an important part of the university, and the community.  Congratulations to MAJ Carbaugh for his well deserved recognition as the 2020 U.S. Army Cadet Command Officer Instructor of the Year.

MAJ Carbaugh driving our historic Jeep while conducting Cannon Crew duties at an EWU home football game.

MAJ Carbaugh’s award follows the Non-Commissioned Officer Instructor of the Year Award given to then Sergeant First Class (SFC) Jason Hennig last year.  EWU Army ROTC is only program in the nation that has won a total of three national Cadet Command awards for excellence the past two years.  Last year our Human Resources Administrator, Ms. Linda Moody won the award for the top Cadet Command HRA as well.

For anyone wanting to be part of our award winning ROTC program, it is still possible to sign up. ROTC is the one way to explore military service with no obligation to join.  Any enrolled or incoming EWU student can sign up for a military science class.  Please contact Ms. Linda Moody at (509) 359-6104 or by email at lmoody1@ewu.edu to determine which military science class is best for you.

Eagle Strong!  Go Fighting Eags!