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US Army ROTC Summer Highlights

Release Date:
2/7/2012 3:22 PM

By Jason Tucker,
South-Conn. Commander

While most students get to enjoy relaxing on their summer vacations, that is not the case with Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).  At the University of New Haven’s Army ROTC, our students are constantly training in order to better prepare them to be future leaders in the greatest Army in the world.  Every day of training, even in the hot summer months, sets the conditions for success for our students to serve in the Army as Officers.  Below are just a few of our summer highlights.

Two of our outstanding Cadets, Alexander Long and Paul Swietek, graduated Air Assault School.  Air Assault School qualifies soldiers to conduct airmobile and air assault helicopter operations, to include aircraft orientation, sling load operations, proper rappelling techniques, and fast-rope techniques. The school itself is 10 training days and requires a 12-mile (19 km) march with rucksack in order to graduate.  Only the strongest, both mentally and physically, successfully complete the training!

University of New Haven: Air Assault School

CDT Swietek at Air Assault School

Three of our Cadets, Nicholas Pisano, Adam Wolfe, and Cole Campbell all successfully earned their jump wings, graduating from Army Airborne School.  The purpose of the Basic Airborne Course is to qualify the volunteer (all students volunteer for this school) in the use of the parachute as a means of combat deployment and to develop leadership, self-confidence, and an aggressive spirit through mental and physical conditioning.  The course is three weeks long and consists of “Ground Week,” “Tower Week,” and “Jump Week.”  Rigorous physical training (PT) is emphasized throughout the entire course.  Our three Cadets represented the program well and successfully made their 5 jumps out of a C-130 aircraft!

University of New Haven: CDT Wolfe earns wings

CDT Wolfe earning his jump wings

Our senior three Cadets, David Steele, Mike Teeter, and Raquel (ROC) Felder, graduated from Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC).  This five-week summer course to evaluate and train all Army ROTC Cadets on events such as: Physical Training, land navigation, grenade assault course, rappelling, radio procedures, US weapons, field craft, and tactics.  Leadership is the benchmark of all training, with the Cadets successfully leading Soldiers through a Squad Situational Training Exercise (STX).  As the three seniors in our program, we expect the most out of them.  Each of these Cadets definitely exceeded our expectations!  

University of New Haven: CDT earns coin

CDT Steele earning a coin from General David Petraeus

As Commander of the program here at the University of New Haven, I could not be more proud of the performance of our Cadets this summer.  They have without a doubt proved that they have what it takes to lead Soldiers as future Army Officers.  If you’re interested in our program and would like to become part of the most honored and noble profession — the Profession of Arms — come visit us on campus in Bixler Hall, or call at 203-931-2997.