Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Honors Four With Distinguished Humanitarian Award

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Members of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Recognized for Contributions to Hurricane Ike Relief Effort

On December 3, the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets honored four cadets with the Distinguished Humanitarian Award for their participation in the Hurricane Ike relieve effort. Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John Van Alstyne, Commandant of the Corps presented the service medal, with distinctive ribbon and certificate to Cadet Colonel of the Corps Jordan Reid '09, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Syed Hussain '09, Cadet Captain Matthew May '09 and Cadet Sergeant First Class Jake Manchaca '10.

For generations, cadets have answered the call to service -- to their nation, their state, their community and their fellow man. This fall, the Corps continued the tradition by responding to help those affected by Hurricane Ike. Hundreds of cadets answered the call to serve; these four cadets were recognized for having gone above and beyond the call of duty, making a significant difference in the lives of others.

Jordan Reid '09, a senior political science major from Whitehouse, Texas, is the Corps Commander and a member of Company F-2. Reid's exceptional leadership helped ensure the safety and well being of Corps members during the storm and resulted in outstanding Corps support of the evacuees on the Texas A&M campus in the storm's aftermath. In advance of the storm, he worked with commanders to prepare the Quad for the hurricane, developed and implemented a thorough plan for safety and accountability and worked directly with the U.S. Public Health Service and other agencies to effectively coordinate volunteer efforts.

Syed Hussain '09, a senior biomedical engineering major from Mont Belvieu, Texas, is the Corps Operations Officer and a member of Company N-1. Hussain played a critical role in planning and coordination of the various relief efforts for which the Corps of Cadets provided personnel. Hussain's contributions were critical to the success of the Easterwood Airfield operations and the organization of the evacuees at Reed Arena.

Matthew May '09, a senior agricultural leadership and development major from Gatesville, Texas, is a member of A-Battery, Fightin' Texas Aggie Band. May spent the week following the hurricane at Reed Arena serving those in need. May's commander stated, "That week, Matt truly showed what the Aggie Spirit is all about and what it means to be a good Aggie. He is an asset to this unit and the Corps of Cadets."

Jake Manchaca '10, a junior human resource development major from Spring, Texas, is a member of Squadron 2. After helping his own family recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Ike and witnessing the tremendous loss to those in the Galveston area, Manchaca internalized their plight, moving him to take dramatic action. Within three weeks, he organized and implemented the "Beat the Hell Outta Hurricane Ike" fundraiser, generating $35,000 from t-shirt sales. Proceeds were given to the Lions Club of San Leon and The Association of Former Students relief program benefitting Texas A&M Galveston students. Manchaca spearheaded the effort, led an eight-member team, recruited corporate donors, designed a hurricane relief logo statement, coordinated and manned four campus sales locations and organized the finances. His massive undertaking involved countless, selfless hours of dedicated service.

Texas A&M's Corps of Cadets is in its 132nd year of training leaders for service to the state and nation. In the Corps, cadets gain valuable leadership skills and experience to complement their academic education. While cadets earn commissions as military officers, membership in the Corps itself, carries no military obligation.

For more information about the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, visit http://www.aggiecall.org.


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