Cameron University Army ROTC cadet returns from prestigious George C. Marshall Leadership Seminar

Cameron University Army ROTC cadet Norman Holcomb recently returned from the 39th Annual George C. Marshall Awards & Leadership Seminar at Fort Leavenworth, Kans. As Cameron’s 2016 George C. Marshall Award recipient, Holcomb joined more than 275 of the top Army ROTC cadets from across the country for the seminar. He was selected to represent Cameron based on his leadership, scholarship, physical fitness and community involvement.

“Cadet Holcomb possesses all the characteristics and traits required of a military leader,” says Lt. Col. Eric Treschl, Chair, George D. Keathley Department of Military Science. “He meets the high standard expected of all cadets in the Comanche Battalion and will no doubt go on to great achievement throughout his career in the U.S. Army.”

During the three-day event, Holcomb participated in seminars and round-table discussions with Army and Defense experts on critical defense and geopolitical matters and the profession of arms. The exposure to contemporary civilian and military leaders provided Holcomb with a unique opportunity to hear from nationally respected defense experts.

"The value of the George C. Marshall Leadership Award Seminar was tremendous,” Holcomb says.  “I was able to hear some of the greatest leaders of our time give pointers on how to become a successful Second Lieutenant. Being able to talk to former Army Chiefs of Staff was one of the highlights of my career, and it allowed me to see things from a much different perspective. I took away massive amounts of information from the three and four star general level that will influence my career and may have never seen or heard otherwise. The last, and maybe most important, part of the seminar was having the opportunity to meet my peers from all over the country and to develop a relationship which will last throughout my career and even lifetime. George C. Marshall was one of the greatest leaders to ever put on the uniform, and it was an honor and a privilege to be invited and recognized in his name."

A member of the U.S. Army since 2006, Holcomb joined the Comanche Battalion as part of the U.S. Army’s Green to Gold program. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies and will commission as a second lieutenant this May. He has earned placement on either the President’s or Dean’s Honor Roll each semester and is the recipient of the Lieutenant General Timothy J. Maude Foundation Scholarship, a highly competitive national award that is presented to a select few each year.

Last fall, he was a member of the team compiling the fastest overall time in the 10K portion of the 22nd Annual Devil Dog Run. Holcomb was also a member of the Cameron student contingent at the Midwest Model United Nations 56th Session earlier this spring, the second year he has participated in that conference. 

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March 28, 2016

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