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March 8, 2005
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Battalion at Bucknell University has received the MacArthur Award, one of the two best in the nation and best in the Eastern Region for 2004.
The award , which was presented March 3, was announced by Headquarters U.S. Army Cadet Command, the parent organization of the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps program.
The MacArthur Awards were instituted in 1989 to honor the top Army ROTC units from around the country according to the executive director of the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation, retired Marine Corps Col. William J. Davis.
"The awards recognize the individual units within the Army ROTC program that have achieved the standards that best represent the ideals of the watch words of `Duty - Honor - Country' as practiced by General MacArthur," said Davis.
In addition to the MacArthur Award, the Bucknell Battalion was honored as the most improved program and the best small-college Army ROTC program in the Brigade, consisting of 19 schools throughout Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.
The Army ROTC battalions selected for the awards were the most successful of the Commands' 272 units in accomplishing their mission of training and commissioning the majority of the lieutenants entering the Army each year.
Other ROTC units recognized this year from the Eastern Region of Cadet Command are the University of New Hampshire for the medium size group and James Madison University was best for the larger battalions. The Western Region units honored were Tarleton State University in the small unit category; Weber State University in the medium category and Gonzaga University was the top large school within the Region.
ROTC units are located at 272 colleges and universities throughout the country. Since the establishment of the program in 1916, over 500,000 men and women have gone on to become Army officers through Army ROTC.
Army ROTC teaches students how to succeed in today's competitive world by providing them with leadership and management skills, which last a lifetime. Many graduates attribute their success in careers in government and industry to the training that they received while ROTC cadets. Among the distinguished graduates of the ROTC program are former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton.