Blue Ridge Battalion News

Follow the latest news and exploits of cadets, faculty, and staff in Army ROTC at VMI.


VMI cadets receive award plaques at an Army ROTC pistol competition.

Taking Aim: Cadets Bring Home Honors From ROTC Pistol Championship

Members of VMI's Army ROTC Ranger Challenge and Combat Shooting Team recently attended the 2023 College Clash Shoot Out competition hosted by the Virginia National Guard’s Marksmanship Training Unit, with four cadets nabbing top marks.

Students commissioning into the six military branches at VMI, a military college in Virginia.

VMI Commissions New Officers: History Made as They Enter Six Military Branches

Approximately 170 Virginia Military Institute cadets, commissioned into the armed services in Cameron Hall Monday, May 15 in the annual Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Joint Commissioning Ceremony. The historic day marked the first time VMI cadets were sworn in to all six branches.

The VMI team receives their Sandhurst Medallion for placing fifth overall at the annual Sandhurst Military Skills Competition at West Point.

VMI Places Fifth at Sandhurst

Team members of Ranger Challenge, the “varsity sport” of the program at Virginia Military Institute, placed fifth, winning a Sandhurst Medallion for the top five overall teams out of 48 teams in the annual Sandhurst Military Skills Competition at the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) at West Point.

Skiers, including Erik Gottman ’25, assist avalanche victims on mountain in snow. Helicopter in the background.

VMI Cadet Assists in Avalanche Rescue

When Erik Gottmann ’25, a cadet at Virginia Military Institute boarded a flight to Austria for a ski trip with his family over winter furlough, he had no way of knowing he and his brothers would be an essential part of a Christmas miracle.

VMI cadets throw their gloves in celebration of their graduation from the oldest state-sponsored military college in the country.

VMI Holds December Commissioning and Graduation

The day was sunny and brisk on Dec. 21 as 22 cadets crossed the stage in Memorial Hall to receive their diplomas during the commencement ceremony. The evening before, the Joint Commissioning Ceremony was held in which four graduating cadets were commissioned to the Army and one to the Navy.

Cadet Carter Hugate '24 holds VMI flag at Army Airborne School

Cadet Successfully Completes Army Airborne School

Carter Hugate ’24, a civil engineering major from Chesterfield, Virginia, is the second cadet to qualify for and successfully complete the Army Airborne School in Fort Benning, Georgia.

Maj. Shannon Quevedo, assistant professor in the chemistry department at Virginia Military Institute, examines hydrogels in researching ways to detect contaminates in water. -VMI Photo by Marianne Hause.

VMI Hopes to Develop Water Test Kits

Maj. Shannon Quevedo, assistant professor in the chemistry department at Virginia Military Institute and whose specialty is analytical chemistry and detection of small molecules using organic phases, is working on research with two cadets to create handheld methods for testing water.

Tommy Lees '24 at Special Forces Underwater Operations School

Lees graduates from Army Combat Diver Course

CDQC is a 6-week course, known by many as one of the most challenging and selective qualifications in the United States military. On top of being physically and academically demanding, combat divers are required to work extremely well as members of a team and under high pressure situations.

Cadet receives her shoulder boards during ceremony for Navy in Memorial Hall May 15 2022

New Officers Encouraged to Put Service Over Self

Nearly 200 young men and women, most of them VMI cadets, commissioned into the armed services in Cameron Hall on Sunday, May 15 in the annual ROTC Joint Commissioning Ceremony. The ceremony was also livestreamed for family and friends who could not attend the event in person.

Air Force ROTC cadets during 2022 spring field training exercises 70 feet in the air in the Corps Physical Training Facility

Cadets Conquer Challenges During 2022 Spring Field Training Exercises

Cadets conquered many challenges on and off post during 2022 spring field training exercises (FTX).

VMI: Forging 21st Century Leaders