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New Lieutenant Colonel Leads University ROTC Program

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BY VALERIE ORLEANS
From Dateline (December 2, 2004)

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

I don’t think that’s going to happen.

   

   
Q: Tell me a little about your duty in Iraq.
   
A: 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.
   

   
Q: So I'm guessing that CSUF is a nice assignment for you?
   
A: 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.
   

   
Q: Are the exercise programs as hard as they say?
   
A: [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.
   

 

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• 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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