Class of 2017 recap

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As we finish up with this year’s commissioning season I thought it might be valuable to recap what we produced with the MS 17 cohort.  Our mission for this class was 15.  We met our mission…no more, no less.  We were helped in this year group by three Cadets who migrated, or didn’t graduate on time.  All three of them were SMP Cadet, serving in the National Guard or Army Reserves, and all three of them continued to serve in the Guard/Reserves.  Of the 12 Cadets who did graduate on time this Spring –

  • 11 earned their degree at Clarkson and one at St Lawrence
  • 6 will serve on Active Duty, and 6 will serve in the Guard or Reserves
  • The Active Duty Cadets were branched into Ordnance (2), Infantry, Field Artillery, Corps of Engineers, and Aviation.
  • 4 of the 12 Graduates were varsity athletes at some point in their college career.
  • 9 of the 12 graduates were in STEM majors, 7 of them earning Engineering degree

Approximately 40 students were enrolled in this year group at one time or another.  Some tried it for a semester or two and decided it wasn’t for them. Some were asked to leave the program for one reason or another.

What are  the takeaways from this roll up? Each graduating class is different. At Clarkson we are known for producing lots of STEM Cadets.  We also work well with the athletic department. Most years we have a good male to female ratio. Most of our Cadets get their component of choice and most get one of their top choices for branch.  About half our Cadets chose to serve part time when they graduated this year.

As is the case every year…the graduates of the Golden Knight Battalion are well trained, well educated, well prepared and ready to do great things.  Good luck to all of them!

 

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GKB commissionees 2014

This year’s commissioning ceremony at Clarkson University was on 9 May.  We commissioned 8 Cadets this year.  That may seem like a low number, but we had already commissioned one Lieutenant in the fall, and 5 in December, so these eight put us one short of our mission with Bears and Saints still to pin.

Thanks to our guest speaker Air Force Colonel Timothy LaBarge

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And the 10th Mountain Division Band

10th Mountain Division Band

And, as always, Dr. Collins for his kind words.

Here are the new Lieutenants

Lieutenant Matthew Brousseau –

Lieutenant Brousseau is commissioned into the Corps of Engineers.  He will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.  He will attend the engineer officer basic course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  His first duty assignment will be in the Vermont National Guard as a member of the one thirty first engineer company.

Lieutenant Matthew Flynn –

Lieutenant Flynn has been granted an educational delay to attend law school.  He will attend the University Of New Hampshire Law School.  Upon completion of law school he is expected to serve in the judge advocate general corps as an army lawyer.

Lieutenant Flynn was also recognized as a Distinguished Military Graduate signifying his high standing in the class and national order of merit list.

Lieutenant Tanner Jones –

Lieutenant Jones is commissioned into the Military Intelligence branch.  He will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in global supply chain management.  He will attend the military intelligence officer basic course at fort Huachuca Arizona.  His first duty assignment will be in the Army Reserves with the four seventy eighth engineer battalion at Fort Thomas Kentucky.

Lieutenant Michael Matroniano –

Lieutenant Matroniano is commissioned into the corps of engineers.  He will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and management.  He will attend the Engineer Officer basic course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  His first duty assignment will be in the Army Reserves with the four seventy ninth engineer battalion out of Fort Drum, New York.

Lieutenant Taylor Mextorf –

Lieutenant Mextorf is commissioned into the Military Intelligence branch with a detail to the Infantry.  He will receive Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and literature.  He will attend the Infantry officer basic course at Fort Benning, Georgia.  His first duty assignment will be with first of the ninety first cavalry, one seventy third Brigade Combat Team, in Grafenwoehr Germany.

Lieutenant Andrew Nelden –

Lieutenant Nelden is commissioned into the Ordnance Corps.  He will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.  He will attend the ordnance officer basic course at Fort Lee, Virginia.  His first duty assignment will be at Fort Richardson, Alaska with the fourth brigade, Twenty Fifth Infantry.

Lieutenant Nelden was also recognized as a Distinguished Military Graduate.

Lieutenant Kevin O’Connor –

Lieutenant O’Connor is commissioned into the transportation corps.  He will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and management.  He will attend the engineer officer basic course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  His first duty assignment will be at Fort Riley, Kansas with the First Infantry Division.

Lieutenant Eric O’Donnell –

Lieutenant O’Donnell is commissioned into the Corps of Engineers.  He will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.  He will attend the engineer officer basic course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  His first duty assignment will be at Fort Drum, New York with the Tenth Mountain Division.

GKB commissioning 2013

We held our commissioning ceremony at Clarkson University on 11 May this year.  We commissioned 10 Cadets, and we had commissioned 2LT Nicky Lea in December which made a total of 11 Clarkson Lieutenants to date for the year group.

Thanks to our guest speaker Major General Robert Stall

Clarkson commissioning 2013

Here are the new Lieutenants

Lieutenant Dylan Bach 

Lieutenant Bach is commissioned into the Transportation Corps.  He will receive a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.  He will attend the Transportation Officer basic course at Fort Lee, Virginia.  His first duty assignment will be at Fort Drum, New York.

Lieutenant Gregory Christian

Lieutenant Christian is commissioned into the Military Police Corps.  He will receive a bachelor of science degree in global supply chain management and a minor in project management.  He will work at this summer at the Leadership Development and Assessment Course at Fort Lewis,  Washington prior to attending the Military Police Officer basic course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  His first duty assignment will be in Sembach Germany.

Lieutenant Matthew Coryea

Lieutenant Coryea is commissioned into the Corps of Engineers.  He will receive a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.  He will attend the Engineer Officer basic course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  His first duty assignment will be in the Army Reserves with the 366th Combat Engineer Battalion.

Lieutenant Ian Lamos

Lieutenant Lamos is commissioned into the Military Intelligence branch.  He will receive bachelor of science degrees in mechanical engineering and mathematics.  He will attend the Military Intelligence  Officer basic course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.  His first duty assignment will be at Fort Drum, New York with the Tenth Mountain Division.

Lieutenant Patrick McPartland

Lieutenant McPartland is commissioned into the Corps of Engineers.  He will receive a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering.  He will attend the Engineer Officer basic course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  He will serve in the Army Reserves with the 305th Engineer Detachment at Fort Wadsworth, New York.

Lieutenant Nick Olszewski

Lieutenant Olszewski is commissioned into the Corps of Engineers.  He will receive a bachelor of science degree in engineering and management.  He will attend the Engineer Officer basic course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  His first duty assignment will be at Fort Riley, Kansas with the First Infantry Division.

Lieutenant Olszewski will also receive a certificate recognizing him as a Distinguished Military Graduate signifying his high standing in the class and national order of merit list.

Lieutenant Steve Strait

Lieutenant Strait is commissioned into the Corps of Engineers.  He will receive bachelor of science degrees in civil engineering.  He will attend the Engineer officer basic course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  His first duty assignment will be at Fort Bragg, North Carolina with the 20th Engineer Brigade.

Lieutenant Joshua Addington

Lieutenant Addington is commissioned into the Ordinance Corps.  He will receive bachelor of science degrees in history.  He will attend the Ordinance  Officer basic course at Fort Lee, Virginia.  His first duty assignment will be in the Army Reserves with the  1107th Mobile Support out of Fort Eustis, Virginia.

Lieutenant Andrew Christian

Lieutenant Christian is commissioned into the Military Police Corps.  He will receive bachelor of science degrees in psychology.  He will attend the Military Police officer basic course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  His first duty assignment will be in the Army Reserves with the 382nd Military Police Battalion.

Lieutenant Lampert

Lieutenant Lampert is commissioned into the Military Intelligence branch.  He will receive bachelor of science degrees in aeronautical and mechanical engineering.  He will attend the Military Intelligence officer basic course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.  His first duty assignment will be in the Army Reserves with A Company, 325th Military Intelligence Battalion out of Fort Devens, Massachusetts.

GKB 2012 Clarkson graduates

Here are the Cadets that will take their oath tomorrow and commission into the Army. The following day they will graduate from Clarkson University. A good group of Army Leaders.

Lieutenant Chris Coveleski

Lieutenant Coveleski is commissioned into the Transportation Corps. He will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Global Suppy Chain Management with a minor in Law Studies. He will attend the Transportation Officer Basic Course at Fort Eustis, Virginia. He will serve in the New York National Guard with the 42nd Infantry Division Intelligence and Sustainment Company.

Lieutenant Russell Austin

Lieutenant Austin is commissioned into the Infantry. He will graduate with distinction and receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He will serve at the Leadership Development and Assessment Course at Fort Lewis, Washington this summer prior to attending the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. His first duty assignment will be at Fort Campbell, Kentucky with the 101st Airborne Division.

Lieutenant Austin is also a distinguished military graduate signifying his high standing in the class and national order of merit list.

Lieutenant Matthew Edgette

Lieutenant Edgette is commissioned into the Corps of Engineers. He will graduate with distinction and receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He will attend the Engineer Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. His first duty assignment will be at Heidleberg Germany with the 18th Engineer Brigade.

Lieutenant Michael Fensterer

Lieutenant Fensterer is commissioned into the Armor Branch. He will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Global Supply Chain Management. He will attend the Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. LT Fensterer also leaves Clarkson with a perfect 4-0 record as the goalie for the the Army team in our annual ice hockey game against Air Force.

Lieutenant Timothy Nevin

Lieutenant Nevin is commissioned into the Corps of Engineers. He will receive a Bachelor of Science degrees in Innovation and Entrepreneurship with a minor in Project Management. He will serve at the Leadership Development and Assessment Course at Fort Lewis, Washington this summer prior to attending the Engineer Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He will serve in the Reserves with the 382nd Engineer Company, Sappers out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Lieutenant Chris O’Connor

Lieutenant O’Connor is commissioned into the Corps of Engineers. He will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He will attend the Engineer Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. His first duty assignment will be at Fort Carson, Colorado with the 4th Engineer Battalion.

Lieutenant David Pecka

Lieutenant Pecka is commissioned into the Corps of Engineers. He will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He will attend the Engineer Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He will serve in the Reserves with the 479th Engineer Battalion out of Fort Drum, New York.

Lieutenant Joshua Risewick

Lieutenant Risewick is commissioned into the Corps of Engineers. He will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He will attend the Engineer Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. His first duty assignment will be at Fort Hood, Texas with the 36th Engineer Brigade.

Lieutenant Jonathon Waterman

Lieutenant Waterman is commissioned into Military Intelligence branch. He will receive a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree. He will attend the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He will serve in the Reserves with the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion in Mattydale, New York.

Lieutenant Jennifer Zanghi

Lieutenant Zanghi is commissioned into the Medical Service Corps. She will graduate with great distinction and receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. She will attend the Medical Services Officer Basic Course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas prior to attending flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama in order to train as a medevac pilot.

Lieutenant Zanghi is also recognized as a Distinguished Military Graduate signifying her high standing in the class and national order of merit list.

Congratulations to all the Golden Knights…stay tuned for our Commissionees from SUNY Potsdam and St Lawrence who will commission next week.

Are we there yet?? Senior year in the GKB

You’ve completed camp and you’re in your senior year. Welcome to your MS IV year in ROTC. The first order of business for the seniors, at least each fall is to finalize the training plan for the upcoming semester. We bring the seniors back a week early to school and they spend a week finalizing the training calendar, assigning responsibility for the weeks, and coordinating the staff. The week usually ends with a whitewater trip.

GKB seniors taking a break from planning

The seniors fill the staff positions of a typical Battalion staff. Everything from the Battalion Commander to the personnel officer to the assistant operations officer. 2007 early morning staff meetingAlso during this week the seniors will undergo Leadership Development Program (LDP) training. During this training they will baseline how they will evaluate and grade the company and squad level leaders (MS IIIs)during the upcoming year. One senior will be designated the LDP officer, and he or she will monitor and consolidate the evaluations for the upcoming year. This process is the heart of what Army ROTC is about, and the unique program that more than any other aspect of Army ROTC, develops the future leaders for the Army. This is a program of hands on leadership/management and problem solving with constant feedback. The underclassmen go through iterations where they are responsible for a weeks worth of tasks. They receive their mission, formulate a plan, communicate that plan to their subordinate cadets, and supervise the execution of that plan. Whether it’s getting everyone to PT in the right uniform, getting color guard members to the game on Friday, ro executing an ambush during the weekly lab the leadership traits the exhibit, or fail to exhibit are noted and chronicled.
The other significant event as the Seniors return, is branching, where the seniors express their desires for a particular career field, and then the Army Decides what career field they will serve in. this process deserves a post of it’s own, and I will make that happen.
The seniors will continue to drive the training of the Battalion, and provide the primary evaluation and feedback to the juniors during the year. One lucky MS IV will be responsible for the dining out, our formal event. This responsibility is jokingly referred to as the wedding planner, as the event has all the complexity of a wedding. Another cadet will be responsible for the complex planning and coordination required for the Field Training Exercise (FTX) held each semester. These responsibilities are assigned to help further develop the cadets that are only a couple months away from beginning their military careers. The semester, ROTC training, and their college experience ends with the commissioning ceremony, when the cadets take their oath of office, receive their gold bars, and become second lieutenants.
Senior year in a nutshell.