FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 30, 2014
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Glenville State College
Public Relations Department
GLENVILLE, WV—Army ROTC Cadet Kyle Hartleben, a Glenville State College senior, recently graduated from the Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The 10-day school is a rigorous and fast-paced program that trains soldiers and ROTC cadets in aircraft orientation, sling-load operations, and rappelling techniques. As part of its program students are required to take part in a 12-mile march with their rucksack in under three hours on the morning of their graduation. Upon completion, graduates of the course will be able to make maximum use of helicopter assets in training and in combat to support unit operations.
Hartleben is a biology major from Hurricane (Putnam County), West Virginia. Following the training he commented, “I just want to sleep now.” In July he will be attending a nearly month-long assessment course to complete the required training to become an officer. Hartleben is undecided on what particular occupation field he will enter in the Army.
Major Charles Beirne, Assistant Professor of Military Science at Glenville State College and the Yellow Jacket Battalion Executive Officer commented, “We are extremely proud of Kyle. He has transformed into one of our battalion’s top cadets and will most likely exceed the standards at his upcoming Leadership Development Assessment Course.”
In four years, the Glenville State College ROTC program has grown to be the largest in the Yellow Jacket Battalion which includes programs at West Virginia State University, the University of Charleston, West Virginia University-Tech, and GSC. The GSC program alone has sent three students to the Leaders Training Course, ten students to the Leadership Development Assessment Course, one to Airborne School, one to Air Assault School, one to Thailand with the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program, and has commissioned six officers into the United States Army.
For more information about the Glenville State College Army ROTC program, contact GSC’s Senior Military Science Instructor Sergeant First Class Daniel Webb, at Daniel.Webb@glenville.edu or (304) 462-6285.