Buena Vista University ROTC Cadet Attends George C. Marshall Conference

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Buena Vista University ROTC Cadet Brandy Fowler was selected to attend the 2016 George C. Marshall Awards and Leadership Conference in Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., and is the first cadet from the school's Army ROTC program to be chosen for the elite honor.

Cadet Brandy Fowler (left) at the conference with cadets from Emmanuel College in Boston (center) and Louisiana State University at Shreveport (right).

Cadet Brandy Fowler (left) at the conference with cadets from Emmanuel College in Boston (center) and Louisiana State University at Shreveport (right).

Brandy is an extremely talented individual, and we are thrilled she has chosen to be an agile and analytical leader in the U.S. Army. Her skills and attributes will make a lasting impact on her soldiers and peers as she advances in her military career.

Buena Vista University (BVU) ROTC Cadet Brandy Fowler, a senior public administration and political science major from Spirit Lake, was selected to attend the 2016 George C. Marshall Awards and Leadership Conference in Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Feb. 22-24.

Fowler was selected by Professor of Military Science Lt. Col. Ethan Dial of Iowa State University AROTC, based on her top academic, social and athletic abilities, along with her proven leadership in the Iowa State Army ROTC Battalion. She is the first cadet from the BVU Army ROTC program to be chosen to attend this elite conference, where she joined 275 top ROTC cadets from across the country and 30 West Point cadets.

At the conference, Fowler participated in numerous discussions, seminars and lectures focused on shaping the U.S. military's training and education program. Among those who presented at the conference were Army and Defense experts on critical defense and geopolitical matters; numerous general officers, current and retired; and former U.S. Army Chiefs of Staff.

“It is an honor to be chosen for this award and to attend this impressive event,” said Fowler. “It was inspiring to hear from the three- and four-star generals who spoke to us and shared how they started in their military careers. Their advice was to lead by character, and while their messages were similar, they each had different styles of leadership, different stores and different presentation approaches that made their own impact on each one of us.”

The conference is named in honor of Gen. George C. Marshall who played a crucial role in international affairs from 1939-51. The purpose of the conference is to develop young leaders’ focus for the problems the world will face in the year of 2020 and was hosted by Gen. David C. Perkins, the commander of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command and Maj. Gen. Peggy C. Combs, the commander of U.S. Army Cadet Command.

“We are extremely proud of Brandy’s achievements leading to her selection to attend the General George C. Marshall Conference,” said Capt. Thomas Gorman, assistant professor of military science and officer in charge for BVU’s ROTC program. “She is an extremely talented individual, and we are thrilled she has chosen to be an agile and analytical leader in the United States Army. Her skills and attributes cultivated and honed at Buena Vista University will make a lasting impact on her soldiers and peers as she advances in her military career.”

About Buena Vista University
Founded in 1891, Buena Vista University delivers 40 majors and 15 pre-professional programs that blend liberal arts with real-world experiences, preparing students for lifelong success, especially in the areas of elementary, secondary, and special education; business and accounting; and biological and chemical sciences. BVU stands behind its students and their degrees with TruePromise, which promises that students will locate a meaningful internship, earn at least one major within four years, and secure a job or entrance to graduate/professional school within six months of graduation. BVU is an affordable option for all students and, combined with its academic programs, has led U.S. News & World Report to rank BVU as the third best value school among Midwest Regional Colleges. Visit http://www.bvu.edu.

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