New Lieutenant Colonel Leads University ROTC Program
BY VALERIE ORLEANS
From Dateline (December 2, 2004)
We hear about tours of
duty being extended during the
war. Could students who promise eight years have to
I don’t think that’s
going to happen.
Tell me a little about your
duty in Iraq.
I had actually been stationed in
Germany for two years with my family when I was called up to
go to Iraq. My unit monitored the Baghdad Airport and I was
a Blackhawk pilot. Although the helicopter I was in was shot
at, we never went down. There were others that did, however.
Much of our work concerned night operations.
So I'm guessing that CSUF
is a nice assignment for you?
It’s been great. The administrators
have been great to work with; the students are motivated; and
my staff is wonderful. During the course of the school year,
I am required to have at least one counseling session with each
cadet, so I really get to know each student. And it’s
great to see students take on leadership positions and develop.
Are the exercise programs
as hard as they say?
[Laughing] Well, if you’re
not in shape now, you will be. Cadets have to participate at
least three times a week, but many of them do it more often.