Georgia Southern University ROTC Commander Accepts MacArthur Award
Georgia Southern University Army ROTC Commander Col. George Fredrick accepted the MacArthur award Friday, which recognizes the top ROTC programs in the nation.
The award was presented during Friday’s commissioning ceremony, where 12 graduating ROTC seniors accepted their commissions into the U.S. Army. After accepting the award, Col. Fredrick raised it in the air and told the ROTC battalion, “This is a testimony to you.”
This is the second year in a row that the Eagle Battalion has been honored with the MacArthur award, which is only given to eight ROTC battalions nationwide. The U.S. Army says the MacArthur Award recognizes the ideals of “duty, honor and country.” The Eagle Battalion represented the Cadet Command’s Sixth Brigade, which is made up of 39 ROTC programs in the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.
The MacArthur Award is based on a combination of factors including cadets’ performance and how well the ROTC program fulfils its commissioning mission. The Eagle Battalion has contracted 200 members since the spring of 2008.