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ROTC seniors

(From left) Ohio University Air Force ROTC cadets Rochelle Lewis, Jake Bowman, Andres Olivari, Trevor Vogelhuber, Shane O’Connell and Kera Clark pose for a photograph during Social Hour.

Photographer: Briagenn Adams

Drill team

The Air Force ROTC Drill Team performs.

Photographer: Briagenn Adams

Dinner and a show

The event included a slide show of the graduating Air Force ROTC seniors.

Photographer: Briagenn Adams

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Air Force ROTC cadets show the right stuff at Military Ball

Ohio University’s Air Force ROTC held its annual Military Ball April 5 in the Convocation Center.

The Military Ball is a time for the cadets and captains to nurture personal relationships by dining and spending the evening with each other’s family and friends. The event is usually held in honor of the graduating seniors, of which there were four this year.

Capt. Wayne Straw, who has been Commandant of Cadets at Ohio University since 2010, said that the ball also gives cadets practice in planning and attending a formal military event.

Cadet Wing Commander James Gill is graduating this spring with a degree in sociology and criminology. He is reporting to a base in Texas in September to train as a pilot.

“The Air Force ROTC Military Ball gives our families the opportunity to see what we do and celebrate our work before we leave Ohio University,” he said.

Among the evening’s events were an Advancement of the Colors, a senior Saber Arch, a Prisoner of War and Missing in Action ceremony, Drill Team performance and a slide show of the seniors as children. After dinner, Major General Mark A. Atkinson (BSEd ’81) from Joint Base Langley-Eustis gave a motivational speech, honoring the Air Force ROTC and inspiring them to better themselves as individuals.

Kera Clark, the Air Force ROTC formal event coordinator, said that this year’s ball really showcased the cadets and their hard work.

“Everyone was so pleased with our drill team performance and honor guard presentation, as well as how the event was mostly cadet planned and executed,” she said. “The 2013 Military Ball was a highlight of the year and definitely a successful event to remember.”