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November 2011


Professor of Military Science, LTC Kevin Inglin I’m pleased to introduce myself to Alumni and friends of the Dons ROTC Battalion as the new Professor of Military Science. I want to thank my predecessor, LTC Derek Reeve, for handing over a very strong program with an outstanding foundation on which to build future success. My one desire is that I am able to continue the tradition of excellence he has established and continue to lead the Dons Battalion to even greater heights. We have been exceptionally busy this year, having already conducted multiple Leadership Lab periods in and around campus and the city, as well as our three-day Field Training Exercise, which we held at Camp Parks October 21-23. Time has truly flown by in my first semester on the job and I’m shocked to realize we are already into November and discussing Finals Week and end-of-semester activities with the Cadets. In these first few months on the job I have been tremendously impressed by the hard work, dedication, and leadership capabilities of our Cadets and want to thank them all for making my transition into the position an easy one. I am also pleased to have such an outstanding group of cadre members who put in the long hours needed to ensure our Cadets are being trained to such a high standard and level of success – I truly could not have wished for a better group of personnel to train the future leaders of our Army. My wife and family are ecstatic to be in the “City by the Bay” and are just about settled in now after living in Germany for the past three and a half years. We are very much looking forward to our time here, and cannot think of anywhere we would rather be than with the Dons Battalion at the University of San Francisco. I look forward to the opportunities to meet Alumni, parents, and supporters over the coming three years as you may make your way to our campus home. Dons Lead the Way! Battalion Commander, Samantha Sabo Serving as Battalion Commander has been quite the learning experience. Coming into the semester I really didn't know how best to perform my job, and even now I learn something new every time the battalion conducts any activity. At first it was challenging allowing others to do their jobs without me micromanaging, as I tend to be a hands-on individual who likes to see things done a certain way. However, the command group, S-3, and the staff have helped me organize the MSIV chain of command, and we are constantly trying to improve ourselves so that what is planned will benefit the battalion. On a more interesting note, the battalion itself seems to be working hard and enjoying the events that have occurred throughout the semester. There is nothing more satisfying as a battalion commander than seeing individuals pushing themselves and one another to constantly improve and better themselves and their unit. It has also been exciting as a senior to see my classmates step into and embrace their roles as MSIVs, roles that are completely different than what we had been learning the past three years, as well as making the transition from cadets to (very soon!) officers. Overall, I think this has been one of the most successful fall semesters (and I'm not just saying that because I think the MSIV class is awesome); motivation is high and people are beginning to develop into future officers. 2 Go Dons!


1LT Kyong Oh, Class of 2009 As an Infantry Platoon Leader, I am "responsible for everything that the platoon does and fails to do"... Here at Fort Irwin, we have a unique mission - getting units ready to deploy. We replicate ANA (Afghan National Army), ANSF (Afghan National Security Force), and for Iraq rotations we replicate the IA (Iraqi Army). We also replicate the Insurgents - conducting small arms attacks, IED attacks, indirect fire attacks, etc. Additionally, we must be ready to deploy as well so we conduct Live Fire Exercises and different types of ranges. Being a PL is very humbling as you are THE leader that your platoon looks up to for leadership. You and your Platoon Sergeant must work together to lead the men into any mission that comes your way. You do not need to know EVERYTHING, but you must be able to react to situations and adapt to any changes. You have the ability to change people's lives as a PL by the way you treat them, lead them, and mentor them. There is no "bad" side of being a PL - other than the mistakes your soldiers make (DUI, domestic issue, etc) is a leadership challenge that you and your PSG must work together to fix.

1LT Chantelle Briones, Class of 2009 Currently, I’m a Platoon Leader at 21st CBRN Company at Fort Bragg, NC. My company consists of a mounted recon platoon, dismounted recon platoon, and two recon platoons. Although my unit will not be deploying anytime soon, we will be on a Defense CBRN Response Force rotation for the next two years. We conduct field-training exercises twice every quarter. Our weekly routines consist of conducting Preventative Maintenance Checks and Services (PMCS) on vehicles, sensitive item inventories, Sergeants Time Training, training meetings, preparing and recovering from the field, staying up to date on the Medical Protective System (MEDPROS), etc. Platoon Sergeant and myself are responsible for the health and welfare of your Soldiers and setting them up for success ensuring they have the right materials for instance if you are sending them to a school or to the promotion board; implementing a rigorous PT plan, and most of all planning and resourcing realistic and fun training especially “outside the box” type of events. If possible also, we coordinate training with other units. We also do community service and events with families by having platoon breakfasts and BBQs once in a while. Your job is really what you make of it especially if you have the opportunity to become a Platoon Leader and lead Soldiers. They are looking at you for advice and guidance.

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CDTWith Zara Georgeo the addition -ofMSI the Rifle Team, the Dons Battalion now plays host to three ROTC-related

extracurricular activities, the other two being the long standing Color Guard and Ranger Challenge. Ranger Challenge requires cadetsintotowake up every weekday forfall practices that can who last from to ANYComing this program during the as a freshman didn’t0515 know 0730. Color Guard demands a high level of discipline, knowledge of Drill & Ceremony, and performing THING about the army, I was intimidated. I didn’t know whether I fit in with at these the USF Dons home games. The Rifle Team provides cadets with knowledge of U.S. Weapons, trains them “Super Hooah Cadets” and I tried remembering why I joined in ROTC in the first in marksmanship, and allows them to compete against their civilian counterparts in the USF student place. It was really hard to transition from a regular girl from San Diego to an body.

Army Cadet. I had to get out of my comfort zone and learn the Army basics which were like a foreign language mefind at the time. Getting up in 5:30 am in the mornQ: Why dotoyou Rifle Team, Color Guard, ing was also an adjustment and and I hadRanger to get use to the many unexpected Challenge appealing? “FRAGOs” that interrupted mysoday. I believe that my ultimate challenge coming in to ROTC was the scholarship physical requirement. I was never an athlete in high school so, running the two miles 18:54 mins/sec seemed really impossible Longoria: “Theunder level of to me. But all that hard work comes with a reward. I would say the two best things organization and structure of guardscholarship is somethingthat I is paying for my college education about ROTC, is thecolor four-year deeply be admire to apply and the support you get in this program. I wouldn’t hereand if it wish weren’t for those two reasons. While I was to other aspects of my life, rifle struggling with passing the APFT, many Cadets offered to help, whether it was working out with me or just team is perhaps one of the more giving me tips on how to pass. That is when Ichallenging notice howactivities supportive andwith accommodating Cadets for me its demand formost intense focus were in ROTC. Because of that, I passed theand APFT with a score that exceeded my expectations. I know precision.” ike most of the Cadets in thisQ:program, How doI couldn’t afford to go to this over-priced school so, to have ROTC Park: “Inlifted Rifleoff Team, cadets will learn how to disassemble back me up financially was ayou huge burden that was my family’s shoulders. I know that evenaafter I weapon, put it back together, shoot rifles, and know how to manage a job and graduate without debt, I’m guaranteed I like that sense of stability in my life. My experience in hold a rifle properly.” doing all ROTC here in USF honestly has its ups and downs but so does life itself. Brown: “In Ranger Challenge, the physical demands are much greater than for regular PT but I enjoy the David Lim - MSII challenge. Also, the things Joaquin: we must learn help me get Joining“The ROTC and becoming a first year college student weren’t the easiest tasks ahead in my class. Color commitments for me. Coming overseas from Korea made matters difficult; I had tome adjust to the Guard interests because I definitely take their toll, which has American culture in addition to what a first year ROTC student goes through. Aside feel that it is important as a hit me pretty bad these past few to first learnone theintradition the mandatory military service in South Korea, I cadet am the my family to weeks. But the from one thing that I and customs of marching, be a part of the Army ROTC program. I initially joined the program to pay for think it will definitely teach me U.S. is presenting the colors, etc. I time management. You have to college; I was not motivated to excel because I did not mindRifle whether ended up joined teamIbecause I in know how to utilize what little the reserves or on active duty. I just wanted to fulfill my alsomilitary think itobligations is importantand as then time you have, efficiently.” being a part of theground. Army to find a civilian career that would set my family back onto solid financial begin to learn year the basics of shooting. I enjoyI enjoyed all three being of these After going through one agonizing with my fellow cadets, in activities a lot because of the challenge and knowledge they this program because ROTC has taught me multiple life skills, strengthened my give.”

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mentality, and molded me into the best physical shape of my life. In addition, ROTC has previously given me opportunities to travel to Taiwan and Washington D.C. to learn Mandarin4 and political relations between China, U.S. and Taiwan - something I would not have expected to be entitled to November 2011 as a freshman. It was an honor and a privilege to meet cadets from all military branches across the United


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