Cameron University's Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program has been named as one of the top units in the nation and will receive the 2009 MacArthur Award. The Comanche Battalion is one of only eight Army ROTC programs nationwide to be selected for the honor.
CU's Comanche Battalion was named best in the Fifth Brigade, which includes 36 Army ROTC programs in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. Criteria include outstanding accomplishments in cadet training, retention, commissioning officers and support of the program by their university.
"To be recognized as one of the top programs in the nation among the 273 ROTC battalions across the country is a great honor for our university," says Major Rod Boles, CU Professor of Military Science. "The Comanche Battalion is committed to excellence, and our student cadets are most deserving of this award."
The MacArthur Awards are presented annually by the U.S. Army Cadet Command, the parent organization of Army ROTC, in conjunction with the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation. Individual units are selected for best exemplifying General MacArthur's ideals reflecting duty, honor and country.
Since Cameron's first commissioned class of 35 Second Lieutenants in 1970, more than 600 officers have been commissioned from the Comanche Battalion; 16 Cameron students have achieved the rank of general.
February 15, 2010