What are you most proud of here at ECU?
This year our ROTC class came in first place at the annual Rangers Challenge for the first time in the event’s 20-year history. The challenge consisted of a PT (physical training) test, 10k march, confidence course, tactical commander event, day and night land-nav events, written land-nav course, commander’s mystery event, grenade assault course, and basic marksman course. Coming in first place and finishing ahead of military schools like Virginia Military Institute really put us on the map in terms of ROTC programs.
What is the coolest thing you have experience through ROTC at ECU?
I went to Airborne School this past summer. Jumping out of an airplane is by far the coolest thing I have ever done. I feel fortunate, too, because our ROTC only had three spots for it, and I received one of them. Some people wait their whole careers to go through Airborne School.
What is your best ECU memory?
My best memory at ECU would have to be the Polar Bear Plunge. Each year my friends and I go to it, but last year we decided to get a little wild. We got some body paint and wrote a letter on our stomachs and our backs spelling out the words POLAR/BEARS. Everyone was cheering us on and we were the first ones in line. Even after the numbing cold water we all had a great time and will continue the tradition. This year’s will be bigger and better.
What are your plans after graduation?
I want to fly helicopters, so my first choice of appointment is an aviation appointment in Europe. If that doesn’t work out, I’d love to go to Fort Bragg here in North Carolina. I’m from a military family and my father always said “If you are anything in the Army, you’ll end up at Fort Bragg.”