MARCH 2014, Page 19
VMI Institute Report
Army Cadets Complete Air Assault Course
Cadets Christopher Barefoot ’14, Jack Leetun ’14, Conrad Frawley
’17, and Matthew Coleman ’17 completed the Air Assault course at Fort
Benning, Ga., during Christmas furlough. Graduation from this school
qualifies cadets to wear the Air Assault skill badge, an honor achieved
by less than 20 percent of Army personnel.
The U.S. Army Air Assault School is a 10-day course of instruction
designed to test and certify soldiers and leaders to conduct swift,
dangerous, rapid assault.
The cadets were trained on missions performed by helicopter,
aero-medical evacuation procedures, aircraft safety, pathfinder and
landing zone operations, principles and techniques of combat assaults,
rappelling techniques, and sling-load operations.
Selection for attendance to schools such as Air Assault is merit based,
and criteria include academic achievement, physical fitness, and aptitude
for leadership. Success requires a deep drive for excellence, a keen
intellect, and a high level physical fitness.
For the motivated cadet, these challenges are opportunities to expand
their personal capabilities and their VMI experience.
During rappelling certification, a cadet bounds down the 60-foot
tower using the double rope method and a Swiss seat.
courtesy of Army ROTC.
Navy Cadets’ Outstanding Performance Recognized
On Feb. 7 VMI’s Naval ROTC cadets met
in Jackson Memorial Hall to recognize
those who excelled in academics, physical
fitness, and leadership during the fall
Thirty-three cadets achieved over a
3.75 GPA, and another 30 achieved over
a 3.5. Success in academics is vital to
preparing cadets for technical careers.
Once cadets commission into the
United States Navy, they will be trained
on and expected to operate some of the
most advanced systems in the world. The
Navy places an emphasis on academic
performance, requiring cadets to take
two semesters of calculus and physics
regardless of their majors.
In physical fitness, 26 cadets received
the top category of outstanding on the
Navy physical readiness test, while 50
cadets received a score over 285 on the
Marine physical fitness test. Eight received
a perfect 300.
These tests are designed to test a cadet’s
strength, speed, and endurance. Cadets
are expected to exceed the minimum
requirements so that they are prepared
both for their duties in the fleet and to
set the example for those they will be
expected to lead.
Amy Hardbower ’16 is presented with the Class of 1992
– VMI Photo courtesy of Naval ROTC.
Lacrosse Players Wear Branch Patches
In advance of the season-opening game at the U.S. Naval Academy
Feb. 8, patches were issued to cadet-athletes on the VMI lacrosse team
who will be commissioning in the military upon graduation.
Eleven members of the team received the patches, representing all
four branches, to be sewn on their game uniforms. Uniforms of team
members not commissioning sport Wounded Warrior Project patches.
Receiving patches for the U.S. Army were captain Rory Dillon ’14,
Eric Groleau ’15, Tyler Prasnicki ’15, Ty Trobridge ’15, Garrett Warren
’16, Joe Amato ’16, Pat Hine ’16, and Andrew Givens ’17. Director of
lacrosse operations Eric Alter ’14 received his patch for the U.S. Marine
Corps while Dan Ferrel ’17 got his for the U.S. Navy. Gage Snowbarger
’16 will join the U.S. Air Force upon graduation.
Located in the team’s locker room are boards with the names and
class years of former lacrosse players at VMI who have gone on to serve
in the armed forces.
Lacrosse players planning to commission display their branch
– Photo courtesy of VMI Athletic Communications.