May 3, 2007
By Elizabeth Boyle
When the Ohio University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps got together for its 69th annual Military Ball last Saturday, it had a lot to celebrate. Highlights ranged from a commanding general's keynote speech to recognition for the Bobcat Battalion, which is fourth among all schools for its number of nationally ranked graduating cadets.
One of the evening's highlights was a speech from Maj. Gen. W. Montague Winfield, commanding general United States Army Cadet Command who oversees the 273 programs nationwide that offer Army ROTC. He told the 230 cadets, service members and parents in attendance that many of the leadership qualities and values the Army cultivates were already instilled by cadets' their parents.
Winfield, who only visits a handful of Army ROTC host schools each year, made time for Ohio University's program because of its longstanding tradition of excellence, said Lt. Col. Bill Hauschild, professor of military science.
The Bobcat Battalion has exceeded its brigade averages in all training events -- the ROTC equivalent of qualifying for the NCAA basketball tournament -- for the sixth consecutive year. That means Ohio University cadets heading into their senior year have higher averages than students of the 18 colleges and universities across Ohio and Kentucky in its brigade when each cadet's leadership skills, academics and physical fitness scores are combined.
"Our rankings within the brigade and nation are a direct reflection of the caliber of our program," Hauschild said. "Our cadets' hard work has paid off and they, and our program, are being recognized for it."
In addition to recognizing the continued success of the Bobcat Battalion, Winfield helped acknowledge outstanding cadets at each grade level and gave a coin of excellence to Distinguished Military Graduates, who each were ranked in the top 20 percent of the more than 3,800 senior cadets nationwide. Ohio University Army ROTC seniors tied for fourth place in the nation for the number of total Distinguished Military Graduates, with 50 percent of the graduating class earning such honors.