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New Lieutenant Colonel Leads University ROTC Program


From Dateline (December 2, 2004)

Wiliam K. Howard
Lt. Col. William Howard, center, with a few of his cadets, was recently assigned to duty as battalion commander for the ROTC program at Cal State Fullerton. Prior to his arrival this fall, he served 15 months in Iraq as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot.

After serving 15 months in Iraq, Lt. Col. William K. Howard received new orders: Report to Southern California to take on responsibility for the ROTC program at Cal State Fullerton. As the battalion commander for the program, he reports not only to the university, but the U.S. Army as well. Howard, who has a master’s degree in information resource management, describes some of the challenges and opportunities he sees for the ROTC program at the university.

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Q&A with Howard

• William K. Howard

• How is the ROTC program structured here?

• Any student can enroll in military science courses without officially being a cadet?

• With the war in Iraq, is it now more difficult to recruit students?

• What’s the benefit for students to be in an ROTC program?

What do students have to promise in exchange?

• We hear about tours of duty being extended during the war. Could students who promise eight years have to serve longer?

• Tell me a little about your duty in Iraq.

• So I’m guessing that CSUF is a nice assignment for you?

• Are the exercise programs as hard as they say?


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