FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2013
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Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462- 6390
Glenville, WV—Three Glenville State College ROTC cadets signed on the dotted line during a ‘Contracting’ ceremony held on campus on Thursday, January 24th.
Cadets Autumn Bloom, Vincent Nolte, and Clinton Carr took their military oath and committed themselves to six years of service with the U.S. Army. Upon graduation from GSC, they will be commissioned officers and serve with the active Army, National Guard, or Army Reserves. In exchange for their commitment, they will receive academic financial assistance and a monthly stipend of up to $500 in addition to their ROTC training. As commissioned officers, their starting salary will be at least $45,300 annually.
Professor of Military Science at West Virginia State University and Yellow Jacket Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Tony Taylor officiated over the ‘Contracting’ ceremony. He was joined by GSC Assistant Professor of Military Science Major Charles Beirne and GSC Senior Military Instructor Sergeant First Class Daniel Webb.
Autumn Bloom is a junior Psychology major from Glenville (Gilmer County), West Virginia. “I joined the ROTC program because I think it will help me become a better person and give me direction in life,” she said. Bloom plans on making a career in the Army and hopes to work in the engineering field. She is the daughter of David and April Marks of Glenville.
Clinton Carr of Point Pleasant (Mason County), West Virginia is a sophomore majoring in Natural Resource Management with a concentration in Environmental Science. “I want to be a leader so I joined the ROTC program because I think that it can help me reach my goal,” said Carr. He is the son of Francis and Sharon Carr of Gallipolis Ferry.
Vincent Nolte is a sophomore Biology major from Buckhannon (Upshur County), West Virginia. His oath was administered by his father James who hass served twenty years with the U.S. Army and now serves with the U.S. Public Health Service. “I will be the third generation of military service in my family. In addition to my dad, my grandfather was an Army JAG. I want to follow in their footsteps and use the examples they set to lead my life,” said Nolte.
The Glenville State College ROTC program was reinstated in 2010 after a ten-year hiatus. In less than three years, the program has grown to be the largest in the Yellow Jacket Battalion. The battalion includes ROTC programs at West Virginia State University, the University of Charleston, West Virginia University-Tech, and Glenville. There are currently sixty cadets in the battalion and thirty-eight of those are cadets from GSC. Glenville State College is the only college in Central West Virginia that offers ROTC training.
“We are extremely happy with the growth of the ROTC program at Glenville State College. The program now has three permanent instructors. With the addition of cadets Bloom, Nolte, and Carr there are twelve contracted cadets in the GSC ROTC program. We are pleased with the progress the GSC program has made,” said Lieutenant Colonel Tony Taylor.
Interested persons are encouraged to contact the GSC ROTC office at (304) 462-6285.