Cameron University’s George D. Keathley Department of Military Science presented awards and scholarships to members of the Comanche Battalion, Cameron’s Army ROTC unit, during a ceremony held last week. The Comanche Battalion annually recognizes cadets for meritorious performance in the areas of military science, academics, physical fitness, personal achievement, and leadership. Awards are sponsored by the Department of the Army; national and local societies, organizations, and businesses; and by private individuals.
The Department of the Army Superior Cadet Decoration Award, presented to the outstanding cadet in each military science year who has demonstrated strong officer potential, was presented to freshman Riley Palmer, sophomore Miriah Kuch, junior Johnnie Kaapuwai and senior Ariel Bergeron.
Ariel Bergeron, Derrick Bieller, Christian Gordon, Patrick Hornsby, Cody Jones and Ebony Starr were honored as Distinguished Military Graduate, which recognizes cadets in the top 20% of national accessions, and as Distinguished Military Student, which recognizes cadets who are in the top third of their ROTC class.
Briar Bohach, James Howarth and Joshua Wood were honored as Distinguished Military Graduates, and Jordan Baxter was recognized as a Distinguished Military Student.
Ebony Starr received the George C. Marshall ROTC Award, which recognizes the top senior in the program. The award brings an invitation to attend the annual Leadership Seminar in Lexington, Va, and a cash award from the Jack Wolfson Scholarship Foundation.
The Lawton/Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce and Industry Award, presented annually to an outstanding senior cadet who has greatly contributed to the missions of Cameron University and the Department of Military Science through their outstanding professionalism and dedication to duty, was presented to Ariel Bergeron.
The AMVETS Award, honoring a third or fourth year cadet, recognizes excellence in military history. This year’s recipient is Alexander Mitzs.
The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association ROTC Honor Certificate Award is presented to a third-year cadet who is majoring in mathematics, physics, computer science or technology, or information management systems and has demonstrated high academic achievement. This year’s recipient is Colten Kennedy.
The Association of the United States Army Award is presented to a third-year cadet who demonstrates academic excellence and contributes to advancing the standards of the Department of Military Science. Kaleb Castillo is the recipient.
The FIRES Chapter of the Association of the United State Army Scholarship Award is presented to an outstanding cadet in each military science year who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in their military and academic studies. This year’s recipients are Jasmine Schultz, Miriah Kuch, Rebecca Espinosa and Jennifer Thomas.
The Colonel Jack Wolfson Memorial Scholarship Award is presented to second, third and fourth year cadets who display academic proficiency, outstanding leadership qualities and high moral character. This year’s recipients are Matthew Battle, Gillian Haddox and Jan Calderon-Tamayo.
The John H. Cunningham, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Award is presented to third-year cadets who have demonstrated exceptional potential as a military leader. The recipients are Eric Perez and Brandon Purdeu.
The National Sojourners Award is presented to an outstanding second or third year cadet who demonstrates and encourages the ideals of Americanism within the corps of cadets and potential for outstanding leadership. The recipient is Rebecca Espinosa.
The General Society of the War of 1812 Award is presented to a second-year cadet who is in good academic standing and who demonstrates high moral character. Miriah Kuch received the award.
Marilyn Janosko, chair of the Lawton chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, presented the Daughters of the American Revolution Award to Brandon Marcoux. The award recognizes a fourth-year cadet who is in the top 25 percent of cadets in ROTC and academic subjects and who demonstrates loyalty, patriotism, dependability, good character, military discipline and leadership ability.
Janosko also presented The Military Officers’ Association of American Award, recognizing an outstanding third-year cadet who shows exceptional potential for military leadership, to Christopher Vicks.
Master Gunner Sergeant (Ret.) Jeffery Seright, representing the Military Order of the Purple Heart, presented the Military Order of the Purple Heart Leadership Medal Award to Johnnie Kaapuwai. The award recognizes a third-year cadet who holds a leadership position within the cadet corps, attains at least a 3.0 grade point average in all subjects and is active in both university and community affairs.
LTC (Ret.) Jerry Orr, representing The General Critz chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars, presented the Military Order of the World Wars Award, which recognizes first, second and third year cadets who intend to continue with the ROTC program with the intention of becoming an officer. The recipients are Daniel Olson, Devin Dorsey and Brandon Ferraz.
The National Defense Industrial Association Award, recognizing a fourth-year cadet who demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities and was rated in the top 20 percent of their platoon and company during the Leadership Development and Assessment Course, was presented to Brandon Marcoux.
Marjorie Schilling, representing The National Society of the United States Daughters of the War of 1812, presented The National Society of the United States Daughters of the War of 1812 Award to Candice Ortiz. The award is presented to a second-year cadet who demonstrates high moral character and shows a high degree of excellence in military history.
The Reserve Officer’s Association Award is presented to second, third and fourth year cadets who demonstrate outstanding competence in the arts and sciences of national defense. The recipients are Miriah Kuch, Bronze Medal; Victoria Blackwood, Silver Medal; and Ebony Starr, Gold Medal.
Rush Callan, representing The Oklahoma Society Sons of the American Revolution, presented The Sons of the American Revolution Award to Jacob Clarke. The award recognizes a first-year cadet who demonstrates a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities in military bearing and excellence in ROTC studies and activities.
Ames Morgan, representing the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, presented The Veterans of Foreign Wars Award to Briar Bohach. The award recognizes a fourth-year cadet who demonstrates achievement and concentrated effort in military science and academic subjects.
Chaplain Dan Tucker, representing the Vietnam Veterans Of America, Chapter 751, presented the Vietnam Veterans of America Award, which recognizes a third or fourth-year cadet who shows exceptional potential in military leadership. Victoria Blackwood is this year’s recipient.
CSM (Ret.) Hess Cara, representing the National Defense Transportation Association, presented the National Defense Transportation Association Award to Patrick Hornsby. The award recognizes a third or fourth-year cadet who demonstrates outstanding leadership and is in the top 25 percent academically in their ROTC class.
The United States Automobile Association Spirit Award was presented to Patrick Fleming, The award honors a third-year cadet who best displays the traits and characteristics that embody the spirit of service to others.
The Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Award is presented to a second or third-year cadet who has demonstrated academic excellence and has contributed most among cadets to encourage and demonstrate patriotism by deeds or conduct during participation in extracurricular activities for community projects. The recipient is Rebecca Espinosa.
The Basic Course Excellence Award, presented to Blake Delano and Tanner Knoch, recognizes first and second-year cadets who have demonstrated exceptional commitment, dedication and effort towards the Cameron University ROTC program.
The Most Physically Fit Cadet Award is presented to the male and female cadet who achieve the highest score on the Record Army Physical Fitness Test. This year’s recipients are Eric Perez and Ariel Bergeron.
The Army Physical Fitness Badge is awarded to any cadet who scores at least 270 points with a minimum of 90 points in each event on the Record Amy Physical Fitness Test. Recognized with this award were Matthew Battle, Ariel Bergeron, Victoria Blackwood, Kaleb Castillo, Nenita Chambers, Jacob Clarke, Rebecca Espinosa, Brandon Ferraz, Gillian Haddox, Patrick Hornsby, James Howarth, Johnnie Kaapuwai, Christopher Long, Sammie Martin, Maria Negrete, Candice Ortiz, Riley Palmer, Eric Perez, Victor Perez, Brandon Purdeu, Ebony Starr, Jennifer Thomas and Joshua Wood.
The Ranger Challenge Outstanding Cadet of the Year Award is presented to the Ranger Challenge Team Member who best embodied the spirit of teamwork, competitiveness and sportsmanship. This year’s recipient is Eric Perez.
Selected for membership into the National Society of Scabbard and Blade, which strives to prepare cadets as future officers and to strengthen the join service relationship through service to the community and other leadership opportunities, were Ariel Bergeron, Derrick Bieller, Victoria Blackwood, Kaleb Castillo, Brandon Ferraz, Patrick Fleming, Christian Gordon, Charles Holbrook, Patrick Hornsby, Johnnie Kaapuwai, Sammie Martin, James Norris, Brandon Purdeu and Ebony Starr.
The Cameron University Cadre Non-Commissioned Officer Award is presented to a fourth-year cadet who shows total commitment and dedication to the Department of Military Science as demonstrated through a willingness to commit to the successful training program. This year’s recipient is Derrick Bieller.
The Professor of Military Science Award is presented to a cadet from each military science year who demonstrates scholarship, athletic and leadership excellence. This year’s recipients are Riley Palmer, Christopher Holcomb, Maria Negrete and Cody Jones.
The Cadet Command Sergeant Major Award is presented to a fourth-year cadet for exceptional performance of duty while serving as the cadet command sergeant major. This year’s recipient is Cody Jones.
The Cadet Battalion Commander Award is presented to a foruth-year cadet for exceptional performance of duty while service as the cadet battalion commander. This year’s recipient is Ebony Starr.
STUDENTS LISTED BY HOMETOWN:
Dallas, Texas: Rebecca Espinosa
Elgin: Derrick Bieller, Colten Kennedy, Sammie Martin
Fort Worth, Texas: Jennifer Thomas
Geronimo: Patrick Hornsby
Lawton/Fort Sill: Matthew Battle, Jordan Baxter, Ariel Bergeron, Victoria Blackwood, Jan Calderon-Tamayo, Kaleb Castillo, Nenita Chambers, Jacob Clarke, Devin Dorsey, Brandon Ferraz, Patrick Fleming, Christian Gordon, Gillian Haddox, Christopher Holcomb, Miriah Kuch, Brandon Marcoux, Alexander Mitzs, Candice Ortiz, Brandon Purdeu, Jasmine Schultz, Ebony Starr, Christopher Vicks, Joshua Wood
Moore: Johnny Kaapuwai
Mustang: Cody Jones
Norman: Briar Bohach, Charles Holbrook
Port Orange, Fla.: James Howarth
Redlands, Calif.: Maria Negrete
Snyder: Eric Perez, Victor Perez
Wichita Falls, Texas: James Norris
Yukon: Blake Delano, Tanner Knoch, Daniel Olson, Riley Palmer
May 2, 2013