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Bobcat Battalion presented with prestigious MacArthur Award for being top eight program


Ohio University’s Bobcat Battalion was presented with the prestigious 2017-18 MacArthur Award on March 21 at Charles J. Ping Student Center.

The award is based on a combination of the achievement of the school's commissioning mission, its cadets' performance and standing on the command's National Order of Merit List, and its cadet retention rate.

Presented by U.S. Army Cadet Command and the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation, the award recognizes the ideals of "duty, honor and country" as advocated by MacArthur. Now in its 29th year of existence, the award recognizes just eight schools as the best of the Army’s 275 ROTC programs.

ROTC MacArthur Award 2017-18

7th ROTC Brigade Commander Col. Lance Oskey (left), Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis (center) and Lt. Col. Brook Lee, Ohio University professor of military science, attended the MacArthur Award presentation ceremony in the Ohio University Ping Center on Wednesday, March 21. 

“This is a significant achievement for the Bobcat Battalion and I congratulate its members on this fine accomplishment,” Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis said. “These future military leaders and their families make sacrifices every day in the name of serving their country and we are proud to provide them with a collaborative, supportive educational environment as they continue to grow.”

 

ROTC cadets stand for national anthem

Ohio University ROTC cadets stand during the playing of the national anthem during the MacArthur Award presenation ceremony on March 21.

“Receiving the MacArthur awards is truly an honor and represents years of hard work and dedication put forth by all the cadets, faculty, and staff in the Ohio University Army ROTC Department,” said Lt. Col. Brook Lee, professor of military science with OHIO’s Army ROTC program. “It is a team effort by all that starts with dedicated young men and women who are educated and mentored by world-class military officers and non-commissioned officers.”

rotc banner

This is the banner that was presented to the Bobcat Battallion on March 21. Ohio University has been named to the 2018 Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media for seven consecutive years.

Lt. Oskey

7th ROTC Brigade Commander, Colonel Lance Oskey, speaks about the MacArthur Award at the March 21 ceremony. As Brigade Commander, he is responsible for all 38 Army Senior ROTC programs in a five-state region as well as all Junior ROTC programs in the same area.