Hometown: East Sandwich, Massachusetts
Major: Criminal Justice
I chose to enroll in the Army ROTC program at ECU because here at the Pirate Battalion we are all expected to rise to a higher standard than the average university. This expectation of excellence makes for a higher quality of Cadets, and one day officers, and I want to be part of the experience. I came into ECU and ROTC my freshman year and loved all it had to offer; from the rigorous physical training and weekend training events, to repelling from the repel tower just outside the campus and the strenuous Ranger Challenge competition. For these reasons I contracted and received a three year scholarship to be a part of the Pirate Battalion family.
Because of the opportunities available through ROTC, I have been lucky enough to travel to Dakar, Senegal as an ambassador of the Army and ECU ROTC to teach the Senegalese Military English and in turn they taught me their culture. It was an incredible experience. I was also selected to attend the challenging Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. There we learned helicopter operations and specifications, how to rig and inspect sling loads, how to repel from helicopters and a grueling twelve mile ruck march on the day of graduation. Those two experiences have made me a better Cadet, future officer, and person.
When I graduate and commission I plan on branching Active Duty Infantry. I want to serve in the 75th Ranger Regiment one day, and eventually go to Selection and make it in the Special Forces as an Officer.
Being from a small town about an hour outside Boston, Massachusetts, I was surprised at myself that I wanted to come down south to pursue my degree and participate in Army ROTC at ECU, but I have no regrets. If becoming a better leader, person and future United States Army Officer is a desired goal, then look no farther than East Carolina University's Army ROTC program.