Top Army ROTC Cadets in Lexington for Cadet Command Awards Seminar

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U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno will headline the 35th annual Army Cadet Command George C. Marshall ROTC Awards and Leadership Seminar to be held in Lexington, Va. from April 15-18 for 268 cadets selected to represent ROTC units located throughout the United States.

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno will headline the 35th annual Army Cadet Command George C. Marshall ROTC Awards and Leadership Seminar to be held in Lexington, Va. from April 15-18 for 268 cadets selected to represent ROTC units located throughout the United States.    

Gen. Odierno will deliver a keynote address following lunch on April 17.

In addition to interacting with top Army officials such as Gen. Odierno, cadets will participate in roundtable discussions with subject matter experts on leading issues such as national security, global terrorism, peace keeping, and foreign and military affairs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Far East region, and Latin America as well as ethics and leadership.

Also the cadets will participate in one of two virtual staff rides (VSR) offered by the George C. Marshall Foundation and the U.S. Army Combat Studies Institute to recreate actual combat situations that will be discussed in small groups in order to present leadership challenges to these soon-to-be-commissioned Army officers.

The cadets’ immersion into issues and their exposure to contemporary civilian and military leaders at a high level afford unique opportunities they have not received during their ROTC training.

The ROTC cadets will observe a full-dress parade by the VMI Corps of Cadets on the VMI parade ground as well as listen to remarks by Gen. Robert Cone, Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command; Lt. Gen. Dennis L. Via, Deputy Commanding General/Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Materiel Command; Col. Nancy J. Currie, USA (Ret.), an astronaut and principal engineer, NASA Engineering and Safety Center, and Army CSM Scott C. Schroeder, Division Command Sergeant Major, 101st Airborne Division.

Gen. Richard A. Cody, USA (Ret.), former Army Vice Chief of Staff who is now senior vice president for L-3 Communications, will chair the seminar.

As Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Marshall grew the U.S. armed services from about 170,000 to more than eight million Americans in uniform by the end of World War II. Testifying before Congress, he said, “the most valuable single measure of national defense we had available was the Reserve Corps built up by the R.O.T.C. That has been of more positive assistance in meeting this emergency than any other single thing that has been provided by Congress.”

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