NSU ROTC holds Activation Ceremony for 72nd Demon Battalion

Command Sergeant Major CDT CSM Seth Ozsoy, left, and Battalion Commander CDT LTC Anthony Cantrell, attached the streamer for the 72nd Demon Battalion during an activation ceremony for Northwestern State University’s ROTC program Aug. 26. In addition to military training, ROTC cadets participate in service activities, color guard duties and other projects throughout the academic year. 

Pictured: Northwestern State University ROTC Cadets Loren Higgenbotham, Jaimie Dodds and Peyton Bordelon took the oath to contract as a U.S. Army officer during the ROTC program’s activation ceremony Aug. 26. Taking the oath indicates that the individuals are committed to the path of officership, that they are medically and physically qualified to commission and are contracting to meet the remaining requirements to be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Professor of Military Science LTC Joshua Drake issued the oath.

Pictured: Northwestern State University’s Department of Military Science honored LTC Wendell Bender, left, in recognition of his retirement, during the department’s annual activation ceremony Aug. 26. Bender served as professor of military science at NSU since 2018. At right is Battalion Commander CDT LTC Anthony Cantrell.

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