Cameron University’s George D. Keathley Department of Military Science honors Army ROTC cadets with annual awards

Cameron University’s George D. Keathley Department of Military Science presented awards and scholarships to members of the Comanche Battalion, Cameron’s Army ROTC unit, during a ceremony held last week. The Comanche Battalion annually recognizes cadets for meritorious performance in the areas of military science, academics, physical fitness, personal achievement, and leadership. Awards are sponsored by the Department of the Army; national and local societies, organizations, and businesses; and by private individuals.

The Department of the Army Superior Cadet Decoration Award, presented to the outstanding cadet in each military science year who has demonstrated strong officer potential, was presented to freshman Christian Ryter, sophomore Joshua Garcia, junior Andres Berber, and senior Blake Delano.

Blake Delano, Norman Holcomb, Jamel Holt and Riley Palmer were honored as Distinguished Military Graduates, which recognizes cadets in the top 20% of national accessions.

Norman Holcomb received the George C. Marshall ROTC Award, which recognizes the top senior in the program, as well as the Lawton/Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce and Industry Award, presented annually to an outstanding senior cadet who has greatly contributed to the missions of Cameron University and the Department of Military Science through their outstanding professionalism and dedication to duty.

The AMVETS Award, honoring a third or fourth year cadet, recognizes excellence in military history. This year’s recipient is Donovan Heintzman.

The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association ROTC Honor Certificate Award is presented to a third-year cadet who is majoring in mathematics, physics, computer science or technology, or information management systems and has demonstrated high academic achievement.  This year’s recipient is Michael Ball.

The Association of the United States Army Award is presented to a third-year cadet who demonstrates academic excellence and contributes to advancing the standards of the Department of Military Science.  Carolyn Belcher is the recipient.

The National Sojourners Award is presented to an outstanding second or third year cadet who demonstrates and encourages the ideals of Americanism within the corps of cadets and potential for outstanding leadership. The recipient is Christopher Lacock.

The General Society of the War of 1812 Award is presented to a second-year cadet who is in good academic standing and who demonstrates high moral character. Nicholas Meaux received the award.

The Daughters of the American Revolution Award was presented to Laura Espinosa. The award recognizes a fourth-year cadet who is in the top 25 percent of cadets in ROTC and academic subjects and who demonstrates loyalty, patriotism, dependability, good character, military discipline and leadership ability. 

The Military Officers’ Association of American Award, recognizing an outstanding third-year cadet who shows exceptional potential for military leadership, was presented to Christopher Reif.

Travis Murt received the Military Order of the Purple Heart Leadership Medal Award, which recognizes a third-year cadet who holds a leadership position within the cadet corps, attains at least a 3.0 grade point average in all subjects and is active in both university and community affairs.  

The Military Order of the World Wars Award, which recognizes first, second and third year cadets who intend to continue with the ROTC program with the intention of becoming an officer, was presented to Alexander Laboyteaux, Joshua Garcia and Peter Ellis.

Carolyn Belcher was honored with the National Society of the United States Daughters of the War of 1812 Award. The award is presented to a second-year cadet who demonstrates high moral character and shows a high degree of excellence in military history.

The Sons of the American Revolution Award was presented to Michael Kolthoff. The award recognizes a first-year cadet who demonstrates a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities in military bearing and excellence in ROTC studies and activities.

Jacob Clarke received the Veterans of Foreign Wars Award which recognizes a fourth-year cadet who demonstrates achievement and concentrated effort in military science and academic subjects.

The United States Automobile Association Spirit Award was presented to Travis Murt, The award honors a third-year cadet who best displays the traits and characteristics that embody the spirit of service to others.   

The Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Award is presented to a second or third-year cadet who has demonstrated academic excellence and has contributed most among cadets to encourage and demonstrate patriotism by deeds or conduct during participation in extracurricular activities for community projects. The recipient is Spencer Black.

Norman Holcomb and Miguel Hernandez received the Special Forces Association Award of Excellence, presented to cadets who distinguish themselves in scholastic excellence and military proficiency, in keeping with the traditions and ideals of the U.S. Army Special Forces.

Norman Holcomb also received the Frank Rickard Infantry Award. The award is presented to a cadet who has been selected to service in the Infantry Branch and continue the history of brothers in arms on the battlefield.

Recipients of the Arch Lorentzen Grant were Carolyn Belcher and Dominic Mucker. The award is made possible by the Archie and Sue Lorentzen Educational Endowment Fund at the Air Warrior Courage Foundation and recognizes academic excellence.

The Sergeant York Award, presented to the cadets who do most to support the ROTC program, was presented to Zaine Steinmeyer and Christian Ryter.

Brandon Crisp, Brandon Meaux, Keesha Holcomb and Norman Holcomb were selected as the Top Cadet in Each Military Science Level in recognition of scholarship, athletic and leadership excellence.

Norman Holcomb and Nicholas Meaux were honored as the Top Cadets Selected by Military Science Instructors.

Recipients of the E. Virginia Charlson Memorial Endowed Scholarship are Garin Gray, Tanner Weston and Isaac Rubio.




Dallas, Texas: Laura Espinosa

Elgin: Brandon Crisp

Fletcher:  Garin Gray

Grand Prairie, Texas: Carolyn Belcher

Indiahoma:  Jacob Clarke

Killeen, Texas: Andres Berber

Lawton/Fort Sill: Spencer Black, Peter Ellis, Joshua Garcia, Miguel Hernandez, Keesha Holcomb, Norman Holcomb, Jamel Holt, Michael Kolthoff, Nicholas Meaux, Dominic Mucker,Travis Murt, Christopher Reif, Zaine Steinmeyer

Mustang: Michael Ball, Christopher Lacock, Christian Ryter

Odessa, Texas:  Isaac Rubio

Seminole:  Tanner Weston

Tulsa: Alexander Laboyteaux

Walters:  Donovan Heintzman

Yukon: Blake Delano, Riley Palmer



March 31, 2016