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VMI Army ROTC Selected for MacArthur Award

FullTextImage/img/@altCadets in VMI’s Army ROTC unit train on the obstacles in the North Post Training Area on the VMI post. – VMI Photo by H. Lockwood McLaughlin.

LEXINGTON, Va., March 4, 2014 – The Army ROTC unit at Virginia Military Institute has been named as one of eight winners of the prestigious MacArthur Award for academic year 2012-13.

The awards have been presented annually since 1989 by the U.S. Army Cadet Command and the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation. They recognize the ideals of duty, honor, and country, as advocated by MacArthur, one of only five men in modern times to rise to the rank of General of the Army.

“I am exceptionally proud of the officers, non-commissioned officers, civilian personnel, and cadets in the Virginia Military Institute and Marshall-New Market Battalion Army ROTC Detachment,” said Col. William J. Wanovich ’87, head of VMI’s Army ROTC unit.

The MacArthur award is based on a combination of the achievement of the school’s commissioning mission, its cadets’ performance and standing on the Command’s national Order of Merit List, and its cadet retention rate.

“This is and has always been a team effort,” said Wanovich. “The contributions of every section, individual, and cadet are absolutely essential to accomplish this mission to such a high standard. The hard work put in every day by this team is always done in support of our cadets, keeping in mind the importance of making our Army stronger, and our Army’s future leaders better.”

The VMI unit represents the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s 1st Brigade, which consists of the nation’s six senior military colleges and five of the military junior colleges.

Approximately two-thirds of the 1,600-member Corps of Cadets is enrolled in the Army ROTC program at VMI.