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LTC Tompkins takes a moment to talk about Leader ship and Confidence

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By CDT Brittany Browne

Spring 2011 is here and this is the last chance you have to end the school year with a bang. With many events coming up it is important that cadets stay focused on there school work. Try to stay consistent with your work and close with your teachers. It is eas-

ier to maintain your grades than to try and improve them at last minute. It is important to balance school and your social life. Sometimes as responsible students you may to have miss a party or two. Your schoolwork is more important. GOOD LUCK TROJANS!


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Greetings! Trojans and friends of the VSU Trojan Warrior Battalion, it is a pleasure and honor to address you as the Trojan Warrior Battalion Commander. Your VSU ROTC Battalion continues to be a place of continued success and growth as a provider of highly trained leaders. We are projecting (23) VSU college graduates/commissionees into the United States Army! It has been the vision of this university that we continue our legacy of commissioning highly trained officers to be future Army Platoon Leaders. “Leadership is defined as the art of imposing one’s will upon others in such a manner as to command their respect, their confidence, and their whole-hearted cooperation”. Again, this year will be our fifth year in a row that we have achieved mission success and continue to lead all HBCU’s in commissioning of Cadets to 2nd Lieutenants. We would again like to thank the many organizations such as the VSU Military Alumni Chapter, 555 th Parachute Infantry Association, Vassar W. Hurt III Alumni Association and a host of other individual supporters; we would not be able to offer the so much needed scholarships to our deserving Cadets. The VSU ROTC Battalion is already engaged in rigorous leadership training with our spring joint field training exercise (JFTX). This will be my our last opportunity to gage the progress of our MS III (Juniors) Cadets before they leave this summer for Warrior Forge where they will be tested and assessed for future Officer potential.

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The basic design of Warrior Forge is to develop and evaluate leadership thru small unit tactical training, confidence building and finally exposure to Army life as a potential Officer. Currently we have (118) Cadets engaged in academic and ROTC training. With the spring all ready upon us, the year 2011 proves to be one of VSU’s best years yet. This quarter we highlight the accomplishments of (23) of our best and brightest cadets. As we move forward into the commissioning season, our senior Cadets will hand in their VSU Army ROTC uniforms for gold bars as they make the transition to be second lieutenants. This University, President Miller, faculty and staff are so very proud of each and every one of you. You have managed the challenges of attaining a degree with the rigors of preparing for pre-commissioning. Along the way, you have developed as a leader, and I know you will contribute to the continued success of our Army. We expect you to lead, accomplish your mission and take care of your Soldiers! So…..as you drive on, train hard, be the best you can be, stay safe, and remember that a leader’s training never ends. Again thank you for the opportunity to be your VSU ROTC Commander and to be able to speak to you about the rigors of our program! Remember, success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving, they make mistakes but they don’t quit!

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Master Sergeant Harrison’s Farewell

Trojan Warrior Battalion, it is with sadness that I leave you today. Today, I leave for retirement yet I feel a sense of joy knowing that I have been properly relieved. Someone said, �You cannot realize the real value of your life if you have not compared it to something�. God sends us trials so that we could understand the deepness of His goodwill and love. No one is alone if he has his faith. The Bible has such words: "God withdrew from him, in order to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart" (Chronicles 32:31 NKJ). So, you see that even in his withdrawal, God is always with us. Sending us trials and challenges, He wants to demonstrate us the real power we have inside, the real power he gave us. Often we fail to use it properly, because we don't know how strong we are. In order to help us see our values he assigned us to, he sends us trials. There is no sense in crying over the trouble - "the best way out is always through". So, you should not concentrate on your problems, but rather on the way how to solve them. Look forward, because life is beautiful, and God created it for us. That which does not kill us makes us stronger. Remember, how many times you thought that this was the hardest thing you've ever done. Then you experience something even harder, and you understand that you became stronger. Now you can endure even more. Sometimes we go through things not for us also, but so when the time arises, we are there for someone else. This is the normal process of maturity and sacrifice, which are essential. They mean a lot, especially when they are heartfelt and sincere. Continue to learn from each other and push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Whether it be physical training, devotion to a task, or interacting with people.

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Leaders, you will spend a lot of time alone. Not because you have done something wrong, but everyone cannot lead. Benjamin Franklin wrote and I quote, "Well done is better than well said. " People would rather for you to live a sermon and inspire them to do better than to hear one. Each of you are very capable of achieving your goals, and desires of your heart but without effort it’s just a dream. What I have learned over the years about leadership, is that it has been and will always be about PEOPLE. People are what drives us to do what our minds have set limitations on. I pray that each of you recognize your true potential and prepare yourselves for all of life’s challenges. I would be remised if I didn’t acknowledge my MS II class. I am proud of each and everyone of you, and you have shown that you are a true leader. Denying yourself for the better of the class, is a great attribute on your quest of becoming a great leader. I want you to continue to work hard to achieve your goals and set new ones as you conquer your fears. My son Andre Hill, is a aviation Soldier, and I feel very comfortable with him serving under your command. Good luck all, and if you come to Fuquay-Varina, NC, I’ll leave the light on.

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Sergeant Major West briefing the LTC Tompkins on the future plans of the battalion.

Cadet Davis and Cadet Bullock enjoying some socializing in the cadet lounge.

Cadet Campbell diligently focusing on the classes presentation.

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“7 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. We give people the opportunity to make something great of themselves and equip them with the tools to be successful leaders to not take advantage of this outstanding program is a shame because the experiences which can be gained through the Virginia State University’s Trojan Warrior Battalion are a one in a life time experience. We make Generals!” 7


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2nd Lieutenant Josh Ingram On January 20th, 2011 The Trojan Warrior Battalion was given the privilege of witnessing the commissioning of now 2nd Lieutenant Josh Ingram into the United States Army. LT. Ingram has been through many trials and tribulations to get this commissioning. With his determination and help from his family and fellow Trojans he made it. LT Ingram completed LDAC and received a Bachelors degree in Engineering. LT. Ingram has high hopes for his career and future in the United States Army. Having a great support system and strength of mind there are no doubts that LT Ingram will accomplish his goals.

LT. Ingram stands alongside his mother after his commissioning ceremony .

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Black History VSU style!!! First Black Female General General Braxtor

Ladies Firsts!!!

First Black Female commissioned LTC Irene Logan

First Black Female PMS LTC Baker

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LTC Jona McKee First Cadet to Become PMS

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Medal of Honor Ruppert Leon Sargent First Lieutenant B CO, 4TH BN, 9TH INFANTRY, 25TH INF DIV, USARV Army of the United States Hampton, Virginia January 06, 1938 to March 15, 1967

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While leading a platoon of Company B, 1st Lt. Sargent was investigating a reported Viet Cong meeting house and weapons cache. A tunnel entrance which 1st Lt. Sargent observed was booby trapped. He tried to destroy the booby trap and blow the cover from the tunnel using hand grenades, but this attempt was not successful. He and his demolition man moved in to destroy the booby trap and cover which flushed a Viet Cong soldier from the tunnel, who was immediately killed by the nearby platoon sergeant. 1st Lt. Sargent, the platoon sergeant, and a forward observer moved toward the tunnel entrance. As they approached, another Viet Cong emerged and threw 2 hand grenades that landed in the midst of the group. 1st Lt. Sargent fired 3 shots at the enemy then turned and unhesitatingly threw himself over the 2 grenades. He was mortally wounded, and his 2 companions were lightly wounded when the grenades exploded. By his courageous and selfless act of exceptional heroism, he saved the lives of the platoon sergeant and forward observer and prevented the injury or death of several other nearby comrades. 1st Lt. Sargent's actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military services and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.

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An important part of our training incorporates water obstacles. It takes a brave cadet to overcome the tasks we place in front of each of them.

CDT Muse exiting the pool after accomplishing the 10 minute swim

CDT Everett makes the 15 meter drop look like a walk in the park.

CDT Edwards strategically concurring the 25 meter swim

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CWST gives the Cadets a thorough assessment of apprehending realistic scenarios one may come across as a leader in the US Army. There are various stations, the Cadets are tested in. They must successfully tread water for 5 minutes, complete the don and ditch, swim 15 meters across the pool with their weapon, and a blindfolded dive with possession of their weapon. Every other Wednesday, the Cadets must conjure enough courage to pass these events as commissioning requirements. The MSIV leadership along with Cadre is doing whatever possible to provide assistance to all Cadets that are weak swimmers. According to MSIII CDT Dixon, Jonathan CWST is crucial in our program. “I basically was very poor at treading water, but with the swimming labs allocated, I feel as though my treading water skills are progressing,� he commented.

CDT Wesson making it look easy.

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Mr. Sweeney

My name is Tony E. Sweeney and I am from Louisville, Kentucky. I am retired military with 21 1/2 years in the U.S. Army with a focus in the field of logistics. I joined the military in 1979 in Louisville, Kentucky. I went to basic training at Fort Knox and attended AIT at Fort Lee. I have been all over the world throughout my military career places including Germany. I have been married for 25 years and have three beautiful daughters. I love the time I have spent here in the Trojan Warrior Battalion and it is my honor assisting this school in its efforts to commission the best officers out of this program.

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Trojan Beauty!! Deshauna Barber is your Miss Virginia Interntional 2011!!! Not only is she a Beauty Queen she is also a fellow cadet in Virginia State Universities Trojan Warrior Battalion. Deshauna is a senior and currently working toward a B.S. in Business Management. In addition to receiving her degree, she will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army upon graduation. Deshauna is proud to be a Trojan and enjoys the time she spends with the battalion and fellow cadets. Cadet Barber spends everyday striving to balance her life. She is an active member in The National Society of Pershing Angels Sorority Incorporated and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated. She is a daughter, student and cadet. She was raised in an Army family - her mom, dad and stepmom are all retired soldiers. Her siblings currently serve in the United States Army as well. So, it was no shock when she signed up for the United States Army and it's pretty clear why she chose "H.A.T.s Off – Honoring America's Troops" as her platform for reign as Miss Virginia. Over the next year, she will travel the state encouraging everyone from kindergarten and beyond to take a moment and recognize a service member. Cadet Barber isn't your average Beauty Queen, anyone can recognize that upon meeting her. Like she always says “ Just because I’m a Beauty Queen doesn't mean I can’t take off the crown and get down and dirty with my battalion HOOOAH”

“Everyday Cadet Barber strives to balance her life. With the many things on her plate she looks forward to the future and taking each day as they come”

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Land Navigation is important, without passing it at LDAC cadets have no chance of commissioning. Because of this essential task the Trojan Warrior Battalion makes sure to give cadets plenty of opportunities to practice and pass Land Navigation in numerous courses around the state of Virginia. With only a compass, protractor and map the cadets are given the difficult task of finding points in the deep woods during the day and throughout the dark

nights. On February 12, 2011, the Trojan Warrior Battalion entered Fort Eustis with on thing on their mind “Passing Land Navigation”. Everyone was given the opportunity to negotiate the course by themselves. Many MS I’s and MS II’s had little to know experience in the field. Those cadets were placed in small groups with a strong and confident MS IV to lead them through the course. Most cadets left the course feeling confident and better educated on Land Navigation. . Traveling through deep waters, swamps, rocky roads and thorn patches cadets were given a chance to test there willingness, passion and desire to commission in the United States Army. MS I Cadet Williams, Tiffany was excited about her experience and better understanding of Land Navigation. “ I really think I am getting the hang of this. I understand how to use my pace count to make it easier to be perfect when I approach my point! I think next time will go out by myself!” she explained.

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ATTENTION MS1 CADETS SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY ALERT The Washington D.C. Chapter of The ROCKS, INC. will be awarding five $1000 scholarships. Participants will be required to write a 500 word essay on "How ROTC training will help you meet challenges in life". For more info see CPT Smith for any assistance with your submissions packet. *PACKETS ARE DUE BY 15 MARCH*

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Why do you want to be an Officer?

MS I DYLAN EVERETT

MS II BRITANY ALLEN

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I want to be an officer because I believe that it stands for dedication to our country and way of life in the United States. Right now I’m currently a second semester freshman. That being said, ROTC is still somewhat new to me. On the other hand, it feels like home. Like I’ve been doing it all my life. I owe that experience to the Virginia State program. Everyone has been helpful, and has made my experience better. Everything I have done and learned so far will help me the rest of my life, whether it being map reading, physical training, or how to carry myself with military bearing. The great thing is the fact that I still have three more years to keep learning and growing. My ROTC experience has been everything and more than I thought it would be, and I like it more and more everyday.

“My Name is Brittany Allen, I’m a sophomore and currently an MS II. My major of choice is Psychology and within psychology I am most interested in studying health psychology. Coming from a family where everyone is or was in the military, I felt as though I was obligated to follow suit. My mother served in the Army for eight years and my father was in the Navy for twenty years and retired as a Commander. I want to become an Officer in the United States because I feel that I am already a leader in so many ways in my everyday life. I know that becoming an Officer would make my family very proud of me. I not only want to make my parents proud of me, but I want to be proud of myself and become a success in life. “ The main reason I want to be an officer mainly comes from my mother and father, both who have highly decorated military careers. With that said I have seen the benefits to being in the military such as the structure and training you get that is relevant to the civilian world. It was also the reasoning that they would pay for my school and then allow me to go into the Army was definitely a good reason to be in the Army. These reasons plus the high expectations I and other people have established are always a constant motivation to do my best in this program to ultimately be commissioned active duty in the Signal or Finance Corps.

MS III HARRISON CHIPCHASE

Through the experience of being enlisted, I feel that I can be a greater strength to the Army as an Officer. I feel that I can be an officer that will encourage and help enlisted soldiers to grown and learn. I feel it is time to pursue my goal and that I am ready to take on the responsibilities of becoming an Officer. I believe the experience I will have by becoming an Officer will undoubtedly enhance my leadership skills; skills that will help me serve the United States better.

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TWB Spring Newsletter  

The spring ROTC newsletter fro the Trojan Warrior Battalion @ Virginia State University

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