BY KALEY ALLARD
Unknown to many students, St. Norbert College has a long and decorated ROTC history, one that spans almost 100 years. The mission of the ROTC program at St. Norbert is to emphasize interpersonal depth and the development of the personal qualities necessary for leadership such as duty, integrity, courage, loyalty, respect, selfless service and honor. Over 980 students have graduated from the ROTC program at SNC, with 12 attaining the rank of general and 33 the rank of colonel. The Green Knight Company currently consists of 18 St. Norbert College cadets as well as five students from UW-Green Bay.
At the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Chicago, IL, the 3rd U.S. Army ROTC Brigade Professor of Military Science/Senior Military Instructor Conference held Nov. 5 and 6, St. Norbert’s very own ROTC program, Green Knight Company, was nationally recognized as the top ROTC program within the north central United States.
A part of the Fox Valley Battalion, the Green Knight Company was named number one, coming in ahead of 42 other ROTC programs across the north central U.S. This is the first time in recorded history that a school in Wisconsin has obtained such a ranking. The UW-Oshkosh Army ROTC program includes UW Oshkosh, St. Norbert College, Ripon College, UW-Green Bay, Marian University and Lawrence University.
The 43 ROTC programs were evaluated on the following criterion: cadet performance, training management, cadet management/administration, logistics, marketing/recruiting and command inspection evaluations.
This honor was obtained even though the program was only around half of the authorized instructor strength for the past year. The other colleges/universities competing for this award include some of the most prestigious in the country. This honor reflects the quality of work and desire to excel that is representative in each of the students whom are cadets within this program, many of whom come from high schools and communities throughout Wisconsin.
Kent M. Sorensen, Admissions/Scholarship Officer for the Fox Valley Battalion and retired Lieutenant Colonel had this to say about the honor: “This award is as much a part of St. Norbert College as it is the Military Science department! Our performance simply could not have been achieved without the strong support of leadership at St. Norbert College! The relationship we have with our St. Norbert College counterparts is the finest model of support for all ROTC programs anywhere.”