This picture was taken in 1960 of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) drill team. Back then Eastern Washington University (EWU) was called Eastern Washington College-Cheney. Do any alumni remember wearing this drill team uniform back in the 1960’s?
The Eastern Washington University (EWU) Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Fighting Eagles Battalion was out for the final time this year at Roos Field in support of the football team. The third ranked Eagles were playing the seventh ranked University of Maine Black Bears in the FCS Playoff Semifinal game. This was the first ever meeting between the two teams and it would become a memorable one for the Eagles and one to forget for the Black Bears.
The EWU ROTC Jeep affectionately called “Lil Eag” is ready to move our historic World War II era howitzer to Roos Field.
EWU ROTC first supported the home team by having the Color Guard present our national and state colors during the playing of the National anthem prior to kickoff. As they have done for every home football game this year, the Color Guard with precision and professionalism presented the colors at midfield.
The EWU ROTC Color Guard prepares to present the colors prior to the start of the FCS semifinal playoff game at Roos Field. From left: Cadets Liam Hewey, Michael Beier, Ethan Smart, Christian Goldbach, & Sara Pollelo.
The EWU ROTC Color Guard presents the national and state colors on the 50 yard line at Roos Field.
The EWU ROTC Color Guard marches off of Roos Field after the playing of the National Anthem.
After kickoff the Fighting Eagles Cadets then had a busy day supporting the home team with our popular Cannon Crew. The EWU ROTC Cannon Crew has been supporting home football games at Eastern Washington for decades with our historic World War II era 75mm pack howitzer. After every touchdown our Cadets fire the crowd pleasing cannon. The scoring started early after an interception by the EWU defense inside the five yard line led to an easy first quarter touchdown for the Eagles offense.
Cadet Samuel Coutts fires the cannon after a first quarter touchdown.
In what was expected to be a tight game due to the impressive showing Maine had last week defeating #2 ranked Weber State, the Eagles offense scored two more touchdowns in the first quarter to take a 21-0. By halftime the Eagles built up their lead to 28-0 and the party was on at Roos Field.
EWU ROTC Cadet Haley Bent fires the 75mm pack howitzer after a first half touchdown.
In the third quarter the Black Bears would cut the deficit to 35-19, but would get no closer. The Eagles would dominate the rest of the way winning by a final score of 50-19.
Cadet Sara Polello fires the cannon after a second half touchdown.
On behalf of the EWU ROTC Fighting Eagles Battalion, congratulations to the EWU football team for their impressive playoff victory. With the victory the EWU football team advances to the FCS College Football Championship game that will be played January 5, 2019 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. In the FCS Championship game the Eagles will play the North Dakota State Bison. NDSU is the defending National Champions and have won six of the past seven FCS College Football Championships. The Eagles will no doubt have their hands full in the national championship game, but the resilience and heart they have played with all season shows they have the ability to beat anyone.
Go Color Guard! Go Cannon Crew! Go Eags!
The recent hosting of the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (GAFPB) test by the Eastern Washington University (EWU) ROTC program has brought a lot of positive media attention to the Fighting Eagles Battalion. Below is a list of the articles published about the GAFPB with short excerpts. Click the links to read the full articles.
- Eastern Washington University ROTC Hosts First German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge Competition (US Army website)
“The individuals who competed for the GAPFB this weekend, whether they earned a badge or not, are an excellent example of why the United State military is so great,” stated Sergeant First Class Jason Hennig, EWU ROTC’s Senior Military Instructor. “They recognized the opportunity for a unique challenge, they accepted that challenge, and gave it everything they had. Readiness is the Army’s number priority and this event absolutely reinforced that. The Service Members that prepared for these events were rewarded with the opportunity to wear this unique foreign award. For those who did not prepare, they were left with the understanding of how important rehearsals and preparation are to any exercise or training event.”
- Fairchild Airmen Compete for German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Fairchild AFB website)
“Wearing the GAFPB is a symbol of pride,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ken Chudoba, 92nd Maintenance Squadron Munitions Material section chief. “The badge shows Airmen stepped outside their comfort zone and did something to set themselves apart.”
There were more than 160 participants from 23 different military units throughout the Pacific Northwest region, including Air Force recruiters, Air Force ROTC recruits and four units from Fairchild.
Competing for the GAFPB provides an opportunity to test the physical and mental skills Airmen may use in battlefield situations and provides a first-hand look at how German forces measure their combat readiness, said U.S. Air Force Maj. Joseph Schneider, 92nd Security Forces Squadron commander.
- ROTC Cadets Compete for Military Proficiency Badge (Eastern 24/7)
“We have cadets who have transferred to Eastern for its ROTC program,” said Capt. Gregory Benjamin, assistant professor of military science. “This event is an opportunity to highlight what the ROTC program brings to the university and what the school does in return.”
- EWU ROTC Takes Top Spot in Military Badge Competition (The Easterner)
Null competed for the honor to wear the GAFPB along with 167 other members apart of 22 different U.S. military units throughout the West Coast. Other universities that competed included: Gonzaga University, University of Idaho, Washington State University, Seattle University, University of Washington and Central Washington University.
“To me, it means that I’ve come much farther than I ever would’ve had I not been here,” Null said. “It means that I’ve been doing all the right things. I’ve been working to achieve, not just the gold for the GAFPB, but it means I’m likely to get commissioned in the Army and that I’m likely to put myself on the path to a brighter future.”
- Fairchild Airmen Compete in German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Department of Defense Video)
Airmen from Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington participate in the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge competition hosted by Eastern Washington University, November 17th and 18th. The competition is an opportunity to reinforce German and American alliances, and allows members of the US Armed Forces to experience how allied forces stay mission ready.
Go GAFPB! Go Fighting Eagles!
Our EWU Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Color Guard supported the home team by presenting the colors just before the 2PM kickoff.
Our EWU ROTC Cannon Crew was also on hand to fire our historic pack howitzer after every home team touchdown. Unfortunately the Cannon Crew did not have much to do in the first half as EWU was down 14-3 and Nichols State was getting ready to kick a field goal as time was about to run out before halftime to go up 17-3. Incredibly the kicked was blocked and ran back for an EWU touchdown causing our cannon crew to do a quick crew drill to fire the cannon after the extremely exciting, but unexpected touchdown.
During the second half the sun lowered and with it the temperatures became even colder at Roos Field which is also known as “The Inferno” due to its signature red field. Our EWU ROTC Cadets were ready to heat up the Inferno with some more Cannon Crew action.
During the second half the colder it got, the hotter the EWU football team became as they want on a streak of 39 unanswered points keeping our Cadets very busy.
The Cannon Crew would continue to bring the heat to the home crowd at the Inferno by lighting up the sky and bringing our signature loud boom after each home team touchdown.
Congratulations to the EWU football team for its exciting 42-21 victory over Nicholls State. Our EWU ROTC Cadets look forward to supporting the football team next weekend as it takes on University California-Davis at Roos Field in the third round of the FCS playoffs. Let’s bring more heat to the Inferno next week.