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, businesses and private individuals.
Nicholas Meaux was honored as Distinguished Military Graduate, which recognizes cadets in the top 20% of national accessions.
Distinguished Military Students are selected by the professor of military science for being in the top third of their ROTC class. Cadets honored were Brandon Crisp, Sean Lowery and Ryaan Villagomez.
Laura LeForge received the George C. Marshall ROTC Award, which recognizes the top senior in the program. LeForge will attend the annual George C. Marshall Leadership Seminar.
Tristan McLaughlin received 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 George D. Keathley Department of Military Science through their outstanding professionalism and dedication to duty.
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 who has demonstrated high academic achievement. This year’s recipient is Christopher Valladolid.
Robin Boudiette is the recipient of The Association of the United States Army Award, presented to a third-year cadet who demonstrates academic excellence and contributes to advancing the standards of the George D. Keathley Department of Military Science.
The Association of the United States Army Chief Military History Award is presented to a fourth-year cadet who is in the top 10 percent of the class in ROTC grades and in the top 25 percent of the class in general academic grades. Christian Easley received the award.
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 Marcus Jackson.
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. Andrew Ortelli received this award.
The Daughters of the American Revolution Award was presented to Laura LeForge. 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 Southwest Oklahoma Military Officers’ Association of American Award, recognizing an outstanding third-year cadet who shows exceptional potential for military leadership, was presented to John Gonzalez.
Dalton Dorsey 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 Kevin Tye, Atrevelle Gilmore and Kelly Garcia.
Ryaan Villagomez received the National Defense Industrial Association Award, presented to a cadet who demonstrates high moral character and shows a high degree of excellence in military history.
Audrey Shifflet 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 Reserve Officer’s Association Award is presented to a cadet who demonstrates outstanding competence in the Arts and Sciences of National Defense. This year’s recipients are Samantha Rogers, Jason Blanco and Ryan Smith.
The Sons of the American Revolution Award was presented to Kelly Garcia. 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.
The Vietnam Veterans of America Award is presented to a third or fourth-year cadet who shows exceptional potential in military leadership. Brandon Crisp received this award.
The United States Automobile Association Spirit Award was presented to Lauran Kissiah, 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 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 Dalton Dorsey.
Ryaan Villagomez 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.
The American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award, presented to cadets that have demonstrated outstanding qualities of academic excellence, was bestowed upon Brandon Crisp and Jason Blanco.
Tristan McLaughlin and Kevin Rutherford received the American Legion General Military Excellence Award, presented to cadets who have demonstrated outstanding qualities in military leadership, discipline, character and citizenship.
Jason Albert and Tristan McLaughlin received the George Charlson Alumni ASU Award.
Recipients of the Arch Lorentzen Grant were Christian Easley and Marcus Jackson. The award is made possible by the Archie and Sue Lorentzen Educational Endowment Fund at the Air Warrior Courage Foundation and recognizes academic excellence.
Atrevelle Gilmore, Maya Poyer, Zachary Larsen and Brittany Ross were presented with the Tommy Campbell Scholarship.
The Korean War Veteran Association Chapter 319 award recognizes an outstanding cadet interested in active duty. The honor was presented to Brittany Ross.
STUDENTS LISTED BY HOMETOWN:
Cache: Tristan McLaughlin
Cyril: Sean Lowery
Duncan: Ryan Smith
Elgin: Jason Blanco, Brandon Crisp, Atrevelle Gilmore
Lawton/Fort Sill: Jason Albert, Robin Boudiette, Dalton Dorsey, John Gonzalez, Marcus Jackson, Lauran Kissiah, Zachary Larsen, Laura LeForge, Nicholas Meaux, Andrew Ortelli, Maya Poyer, Samantha Rogers, Brittany Ross, Kevin Rutherford, Audrey Shifflet, Kevin Tye, Christopher Valladoid, Ryaan Villagomez
Tipton: Christian Easley
Walters: Kelly Garcia
May 10, 2019