The Lion’s ROAR Pennsylvania State University: The Nittany Lion Battalion Army ROTC Current Events Page OCT 31, 2012 Look out for next month’s issue: Ranger Challenge team takes 1st place!
Current Issue P1— Homecoming Parade; Branch Assignments P2— Summer Training; Lion’s Guard P3— New Cadet Orientation; Newly Contracted Cadets P4— Upcoming Issues; Branch Assignments Continued
Senior Cadet Branch Assignments:
Homecoming Parade 2012 by Cadet Gordon On October 5, 2012, the Nittany Lion Battalion joined with 250 other students, athletic organizations, alumni, fraternities and sororities in Penn State’s annual Homecoming Parade. The Battalion takes pride in taking part in what is known as the nation’s largest and most spirited collegiate homecoming parade. The Battalion formed up alongside the Intramural Building where the procession began. Led by the senior class of cadets, the Battalion, with its new freshmen Cadets participating in their first parade, stepped off in rhythmic foot step. All along the parade route, starting at Curtain Road and ending at College Avenue, Cadets sounded off with pride-filled and enthusiastic cadences. Throughout the entire historic march, students, alumni and fans alike stood up to cheer and applaud as the Battalion formation passed; fans nearly drowned out the sound of cadences with chants of “U-S-A,” whistles and cheers. As the procession passed Old Main and the VIP viewing station, the cadences were silenced and the formation preformed an “Eyes Right” maneuver as a sign of respect. There, a salute was rendered by the senior leadership in order to pay homage to those who came before us and those to come after. Taking part each year in the Homecoming Parade is a tradition that the Battalion prides itself, especially as one of the largest participating groups. Freshmen get to feel the excitement and energy of their first procession, while the senior class has a feeling of great accomplishment and sadness in knowing this was their last march in the Penn State Homecoming Parade.
Congratulations to the following Cadets on their Active Duty branch assignments! Reserve and National Guard assignments to come soon! •
Jacob Ahle, Infantry
Trevor Anselmino, Field Artillery
Francis Banecker, Armor
Bryan Barabas, Transportation Corps
Daryl Brown, Military Intelligence
Shawn Brown, Infantry
Joshua Ciccolini, Infantry Active Duty branch assignments continued on P4
Interested in Summer Training? Two very different experiences: Cadet Graham and Cadet Kelly discuss CULP and CFT by Cadet’s Shawn Brown and Will DeRosa Cadet Jonathan Graham had a once-in-a-
maybe one to two company level exercises.
lifetime summer experience: he got to teach
The Field Artillery day gave us hands on
English at secondary schools in Tanzania. He
training with 105 Howitzers and allowed us
went with a group of Army ROTC Cadets to
to see how points are determined, mapped
the African nation as part of CULP (Cultural
and relayed to the firing team from the guys
Understanding and Language Proficiency
behind the scenes. We also were able to call
in artillery and got to fire 60mm mortars.”
teaching English was not all Jonathan got to
Kelly found the training event to be
experience. “While teaching and coming up
extremely useful due to its resemblance to
with English lessons we also toured the
LDAC. Some of the similarities include the
Country and got a feel of Tanzanian culture.
water and land obstacle courses, land
We flew to Zanzibar over a weekend. We
navigation, and weapons training.
took a game drive on Ngoro Ngoro Crater Cadet Field Training will definitely make
and saw Mt. Kilimanjaro.”
Lions Guard upholds Penn State Tradition by Cadet Brittingham The Penn State Army ROTC Lion’s Guard is a club in which we teach Cadets how to properly conduct D&C (drill and ceremony). The club was founded in 1966 when Sue Paterno painted the Lion Shrine orange to rally the fans and show more support for the team playing Syracuse that week. Needless to say, her efforts helped earn a Penn State victory. However, the next year, Syracuse fans came to the Shrine and painted it orange themselves. Now as a tradition, The Lion’s Guard club now guards the Shrine every night of Homecoming Week as a tradition. As pictured below, some of the Cadets this year were lucky enough to meet Sue Paterno at the end of the week this year. Thanks to the efforts of our club, the Shrine remained unpainted for yet another Homecoming Week, in which we faced and beat Northwestern—one of our Big Ten rivals!
Scott a better soldier and Officer. “I got to The trip was definitely a learning experience
meet several of my peers and was able to
for Jonathan, who explained: “I had learned
network well with them. I was also able to
that the Tanzanian people are no different
speak with the enlisted personnel on what
from people here in the U.S, we’re all the
makes a good and bad Lieutenant. I was
same. I had learned that a majority of
able to grab several of their opinions as
people are oblivious to the fact that Africa
there was a plethora of guys there ready to
has many different countries that each have
tell me exactly how it is.” Overall, he says
their own culture and ways of living.” He
the opportunity to attend CFT was a positive
also feels CULP will make him a better
experience. “All together I am extremely
Officer in the Army. “The trip has really
happy that I went. I got hands on experience
opened my eyes to what the future holds in
with different types of weapons and
upcoming events, as globalization and
weapons systems and was able to obtain
capitalism takes over most of the world for
more information on specific branches in
better or worse. I definitely have a new
Cadet’s Michael Bretzger, Chris Brittingham, and Connor Scharff meet Sue Paterno while guarding the Lion Shrine!
found respect for the Tanzanian people, Another bonus of being a cadet in the Lion’s Guard is having the opportunity to present the colors at the home football games in front of 100,000 people. The Cadets, along with Air Force Cadets and Navy Midshipmen, had the honor of guarding a POW/MIA shrine for 24 hours during national POW/MIA day. Cadets perform color guards at basketball games, volleyball games, and other special events and ceremonies around campus. To get involved or find events featuring Cadets from the Lion’s Guard, contact Cadet Chris Brittingham at email@example.com.
military, and country.” Cadet Cameron Kelly spent his summer at Cadet Field Training (CFT) where he got to experience many different branches and weapons.
different MOS’s of the Army every couple days, giving a great insight into many different future careers. “We had two 3 day periods of field training, one focused more on the squad level and the other was larger and accompanied mainly the platoon with
Cadet Graham in Tanzania
Newly Contracted Cadets by Cadet Brown
On August 24, 2012, 18 Cadets were sworn in by LTC Weiland at Beaver Stadium, making a commitment to support, defend, and bear true faith and allegiance to the United States. These future Officers have committed themselves to a standard of excellence and will be held to a high set of expectations. Congratulations to the following Cadets:
New Cadet Orientation By Cadet Brittingham As returning Cadets began making their way
idea of what to expect during the next 4 years
back to campus and preparing for classes,
as a Cadet.
new Cadets were getting their first taste of ROTC.
Before classes started, Freshman
orientation, a two day training session, took place the week before classes commenced in order to introduce incoming freshman to
From all of the senior Cadets, we wish the best of luck to these new Cadets and hope they enjoy their ROTC experience as much as we have! Ranger Challenge cadets repel off the
commissioning as Second Lieutenants in the
United States Army.
arrived and moved into their new dorms with the help of some returning Cadets. That afternoon a barbecue was hosted by the cadre and returning Cadets and ended with a welcome speech from the Nittany Lion
between stations to receive instruction on proper wear of uniforms, raising and lowering the flag, basic drill and ceremony, Stryker orientation, and a demonstration of rappelling, and lessons on how to cross a rope bridge from our very own Ranger Challenge Club. The next morning, cadets woke up early for their first Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). Once completed Cadets received instruction on weapons, sent through an engagement skills training lane, and were able to perform the rope bridge for themselves. The classes may have been brief, but the cadets were able to gain a wealth of knowledge and an
MSLII: Carl Anderson, Dale Anderson, Alex Bedrin, Clayton Burkhardt, Hunter Carl, Joseph Cho, Andrew Fletcher, Matthew Freidenberger, John Funk, Matthew Medlin. MSLIII: Daniel Bopp.l
the ROTC life that will prepare them for
On the first day, the incoming freshmen
MSLI: Brad Fratangelo, Walker Glunz, Colin Letson, Gerald Mattern, Spencer Steinhaus, Brian Wawrzyniak.
*MSL- Military Science class level
Upcoming issue of the Lion’s ROAR PENN STATE RANGER CHALLANGE TAKES 1st PLACE!
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Senior Cadet Active Duty Branch Assignments continued: •
William DeRosa, Corps of Engineers
Genevieve Faust, Transportation Corps
Stephen Hoey, Field Artillery
Jessica Hughes, Medical Services Corps
Kyle Kohles, Ordnance Corps
Rebecca Marshall, Aviation
Taylor Moran, Infantry
Michael Murray, Ordnance Corps
Brandon Pyo, Ordnance Corps
David Reddington, Adjutant General’s Corps
Robert Robinson, Transportation Corps
Amelia Schmitt, Nurse Corps
Jonathan Smyrl, Military Police
Nicole Spiller, Nurse Corps
Jordan Weber, Corps of Engineers
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