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2013-2014 Senior Cadet Profiles

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Anderson, Samuel

Anderson, Samuel
  • Major: Building Construction Management
  • Why Army ROTC: I have always wanted to be apart the Army ever since I was young, not only for what it represents but for everything I have been given in my life.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Evaluate the reason you want to become an Army officer now. Your answer should be wanting to lead and ultimately care about your future soldiers. Be excited about developing a passion for this, because it is more rewarding than any other profession you can have.
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Bracken, Stephen

Bracken, Stephen
  • Hometown: Law and Society, Russian
  • Why Army ROTC: I joined the Army because I wanted to serve my country as well as push myself to be the best leader and the best person that I can be.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Try to be as involved in the program as your course work will allow because the more you apply yourself, the more you will get out of your time here. That being said, don’t try to take on more than you can handle.
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Bolger, Timothy

Bolger, Timothy
  • Major: Organizational Leadership and Supervision
  • Why Army ROTC: I joined the Army to be able to give back to the country that has provided me so many opportunities throughout my short life. I can't think of any job I'd want to have more.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Maintain your body and maintain your GPA! It's a lot more enjoyable to work hard and play hard throughout your college career than to have to much fun at first and then have to make up for it later.
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Bowlby, Michael

Bowlby, Michael
  • Major: Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Why Army ROTC: I joined the Army to challenge, and develop myself in areas I knew I could excel in, while simultaneously serving my country.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Always strive to be better than you were before in everything you do.
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Day, Douglas

Day, Douglas
  • Major: General Health Sciences- Pre Med
  • Why Army ROTC: I joined Army ROTC to become a leader, communicator, and team player. I first got my taste attending a Summer Leadership Seminar at West Point Military Academy and met some of the greatest people. Meeting Army Officers showed me what I could become and that was something that drove me into my current position. There are opportunities in the Military that cannot be achieved in the civilian arena and the combination of this and development of my professional career made this an easy decision.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Take everything in that you are presented. Every person you meet has something to offer you. You are in control of your career and future and the best way to accomplish your goals is to act on them at all times. You can find your path, it is just how you use your knowledge and drive to get to it.
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Dyer, Jason

Dyer, Jason
  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Why Army ROTC: I joined the Army to develop myself as a more independent and capable individual and to become part of a noble cause.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Make sure you know this is what you want. It is not wise to join this organization half-heartedly.
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Emmett, James

Emmett, James
  • Major: Economics
  • Why Army ROTC: I joined for a variety of reasons. First is the fact that every able bodied person in my family serves. We (as a family) believe that those who have the capability to help protect the country have a responsibility to do so.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Two key words that will help you get through college and ROTC, Time management and adaptability. Time is a resource that you have a limited quantity of and you continue to spend it whether you like it or not, so use it well. Adaptability means not getting wrapped up in the moment as to why something changed at the 11th hour, but focusing on how you can make the most out of the cards you have been dealt.
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Gawaluck, Samuel

Gawaluck, Samuel
  • Major: Law and Society
  • Why Army ROTC: I joined the Army because I wanted to serve our country and this is the best way that I can think of.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Keep your head up and enjoy college, time goes by extremely fast.
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Heath, Dan

Heath, Dan
  • Major: Professional Flight
  • Why Army ROTC: I joined the Army because service has always been a huge part of my life. I hope to make a difference in the world, my country, and those I am fortunate enough to lead.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Buy a Mortarboard and plan your life out down to the 15 minutes for the next four years. Plan your schedule out a semester in advance.
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Harbeck, Scott

Harbeck, Scott
  • Major: Political Science
  • Why Army ROTC: I’ve always had an interest in military history and the tactical art of battle. Since I was young, I looked to the great commanders in history as a source of inspiration, from the ambition of Alexander to the decisive resolve of Schwarzkopf. I joined the Army to live a small fragment of the history I enjoy, and perhaps lend what I can to preserving freedom at home and abroad.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Develop others. Be the leader you would like to have in charge of you. Set aside time to get to know your subordinates- their strengths, weaknesses, and goals- and provide them with the experience and resources you have developed in your own training. In that respect, be the subject matter expert for those you lead, and know someone who can fill in the gaps you aren’t an expert on. Also, develop yourself. Soon you may find yourself in charge of a platoon of Soldiers who look to you for leadership. Now is the time to develop confidence in leading large groups of people. Look at every training event and instruction as an opportunity to be that future leader. Soak up knowledge, volunteer for leadership positions, and prepare yourself mentally and physically. If you have time, study the lessons learned by the great commanders- their lessons still apply today. And lastly, rebound from failure. I experienced mistakes every day, and so will you. Use these mistakes as a lesson, and make yourself stronger than before. As Napoleon said, “I may have lost the battle of Marengo at 3 o’clock, but I won it again at 7!”
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Hoffer, Tiana

Hoffer, Tiana
  • Major: Nursing
  • Why Army ROTC: I joined because I want to help bring soldiers home. I feel that they are the most deserving of medical care, yet also have one of the greatest shortages.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Find something to be happy about in everything that you do, even (and especially) when you have to really look hard for it. You are going to go through some times that really suck – whether training or not – and if you can be grateful for every little thing you have, bond with the people around you, and make the conscious choice to be happy, you’ll come out of those times a better person, with a tremendous appreciation for life.
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Kao, Bryan

Kao, Bryan
  • Major: Industrial Technology
  • Why Army ROTC: I wanted to steer my life in the right direction right after high school. It provided me with job security and the ability to finish college debt free.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Never say no to any opportunities coming down your path. You are your own boss and it’s up to you to make the right the decision.
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Lindemulder, Samantha

Lindemulder, Samantha
  • Major: Movement and Sport Science
  • Why Army ROTC: I joined the army because it is a long-standing family tradition to serve, I wanted to continue on in my family’s name, and be the first female to serve from my family’s line of ancestry. I also aspire to be an encouragement to fellow females to serve in the armed forces as well.
  • Advice to New Cadets: My advice is to never give up, especially when things get rough. When you find yourself being challenged that is when you personally grow and learn the most.
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Laughner, Josiah

Laughner, Josiah
  • Major: Aviation Management
  • Why Army ROTC: I joined the Army because I wanted to be a part of something bigger and to help the United States protect its freedom.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Don’t get too caught up in failing, everyone fails at some point in their lives. Take those failures and learn from them and drive on to make yourself better and make those around you better. Finally, enjoy every minute of college, life in general too, because it goes by really fast and you only get one shot at each day so make the most of them.
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Littlejohn, Derek

Littlejohn, Derek
  • Major: Nursing
  • Why Army ROTC: I joined the Army because my father served in the Air Force and claimed it to be one of the most enriching experiences in his life. I would like to continue my family’s tradition of military service.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Involve yourself in the Battalion as much as your major lets you. Any time you can give, no matter how large or small, will be greatly appreciated by your peers, who you may run into later in your Army Careers.
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Lovas, John

Lovas, John
  • Major: Management
  • Why Army ROTC: I joined the army really to see if I could do it. I thought it could be filled with lots of new things that only doing something like this would expose me to. Also, I thought it would give me experience with leadership, communication, and team work for applications in the civilian world when I look for a job. Another big reason was that all three of my brothers are in the military and it wasn’t any kind of pressure to join, but I felt like I wanted to complete that as well. Since joining it has been a great experience, obviously filled with some down spots, but overall it has been a great decision to join and have had lots of fun and learned so much.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Don’t get overwhelmed. Doing ROTC and going to college can get overwhelming, but try to take it slow and breathe from time to time. There is a lot expected out of us and sometimes you just have to take a step back and remind yourself why you are doing this and how it will all pay off after graduation and we get the opportunity to be army officers.
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Miller, Olin

Miller, Olin
  • Major: Organizational Leadership and Supervision (OLS)
  • Why Army ROTC: I joined the Army because I have always wanted to serve my country as my two grandfathers, two uncles and an aunt have before me.
  • Advice to New Cadets: If you want to attain your goal of becoming an Army officer, you absolutely must maintain focus on grades, PT and ROTC classwork and not let others distract you from your goal.
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Martin, Rachel

Martin, Rachel
  • Major: Brain and Behavior Sciences
  • Why Army ROTC: I joined the Army for the daily physical, mental, and professional challenges it would give me. So far, the Army has delivered on that promise.
  • Advice to New Cadets: "Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration." - Frank Herbert
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Moore, Andrew

Moore, Andrew
  • Major: Animal Sciences
  • Why Army ROTC: I joined because every other male in my family served in the Military.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Make sure you always put your classes before ROTC. If you need to take a step back from ROTC to keep your grades up let someone know.
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Morgan, Brenton

Morgan, Brenton
  • Major: Aviation Management
  • Why Army ROTC: I joined the Army for the education benefits, the career opportunities, and of course to serve my country. If it were not for the Army I would not have been able to afford college as easily.
  • Advice to New Cadets: My best advice is to become involved in everything you can. You obviously need to balance your life and school with this, but the more things you are involved in on campus the better it looks on a resume.
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Martin, Amanda

Martin, Amanda
  • Major: English Education
  • Why Army ROTC: I joined the US Army in order to seek passions that challenged me, and so I could finally be proud of myself. I wanted to be accepted as the force of nature that I was called to be. I needed people in my life that were like me and encouraged me in the right direction. I will never regret the day that I decided to join.
  • Advice to New Cadets: The voice of doubt will continually challenge you. Your first task is to find that voice inside of you, stare it dead in the eyes, and use it to fuel you towards your dreams. If the Army is your dream, it will make your weaknesses into strengths, in time. Be patient. Never try to prove yourself to anyone. Prove it to yourself, and then let the positive results soak into all that you do for your future and the Army.
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Page, Grainne

Page, Grainne
  • Major: Law and Society
  • Why Army ROTC: The army opened up numerous doors of opportunities and helped establish camaraderie within my fellow peers.
  • Advice to New Cadets: “Do not wish for easier lives, wish to be stronger men” - JFK
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Patterson, Aaron

Patterson, Aaron
  • Major: Law and Society
  • Why Army ROTC: I joined the Army, most of all, because I wanted to serve the country that I love, but also to gain the experience, skills, and cognizance to reach the goals in my life.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Learn from every experience you have. Use your head; don't over think things or be afraid to make decisions. When you make a decision, remember that you're not a leader for you, you're a leader for your soldiers and their families.
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Scherer, Sam

Scherer, Sam
  • Major: Industrial Engineering
  • Why Army ROTC: The Army provides the greatest opportunity for leadership development that I have ever seen. The Army exemplifies selfless-service and gives you opportunities that no one else in the civilian world has.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Discipline in the little things equates to success in big things. Time is limited, so invest it in things that matter.
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Van Dame, Jason

Van Dame, Jason
  • Major: Law and Society
  • Why Army ROTC: I joined the military for three reasons. The first reason I joined was to continue the tradition of serving the military. My father and both of my grandfathers served. The second reason I joined was to help pay for school. I got the assistance I needed to minimize my student loans and fulfill the obligation of wanting to serve. The final reason I joined is I wanted to achieve some great. I wanted it to be something I knew my father would be proud of me doing, and so far I think I’m doing pretty good.
  • Advice to New Cadets: Focus on your grades heavily in your first two years; you can bury your GPA so easily by starting off on a bad foot. A strong bedrock GPA will allow you to have some flexibility with your harder classes. Next up is your own physical fitness. You can only get so far doing battalion PT three times a week. You need to work out on your own time. Find a workout buddy to go to the COREC with, or doing pushups and sit ups during commercial breaks on TV. Every little bit counts, and don’t forget about continue to push your physical fitness over the summer. Don’t let the first PT test of the semester be your wake up call to start working out again.
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Webster, Steven

Webster, Steven
  • Major: Civil Engineering
  • Why Army ROTC: I joined the Army because I’ve wanted to serve for as long as I can remember. Also it provides me a job where I’m not always stuck in an office, and instead get paid to shoot, workout, jump from planes, and trek around the wilderness.
  • Advice to New Cadets: My biggest piece of advice for new cadets is to take notes on everything, because soon you will be running the battalion. Also to always remember ROTC leads to a career as an Army officer, so take training seriously and improve yourself at every available opportunity. Improve not for yourself, but for the Soldiers you’ll soon be leading. You serve for them, not the other way around.
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