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Dining In

Tue, Dec 11, 2007

The Battalion held its Fall Dining In in December. It was a chance for cadre and cadets to get together and let their proverbial hair down.


More FUNd raising

Pie auction a big HIT!

Tue, Dec 11, 2007

The Longhorn Battalion held its 2nd annual Pie action to help raise funds for this year's Dining In.


Cadets take swim test

Fri, Dec 7, 2007

The Longhorn Battalion conducted its annual swim test this semester. Cadets are required to swim continuously for 10 minutes and to tread water for 5. The test was conducted at the indoor pool at St Edwards University.


Battalion goes up against Navy in competition

First round of Presidents Cup

Wed, Dec 5, 2007

Cadets of the Longorn Battalion competed against cadets from Navy ROTC in the first round of this year's President's Cup competition. The competition pits all three ROTC programs in a round-robin format that includes numerous events.


Cadet Chongulia sworn in

Wed, Dec 5, 2007

The number of contracted cadets in the Longhorn Battalion has increased by one.
Cadet Chongulia was sworn in by LTC Robinson after contracting into the Simultanious Membership program. As an SMP cadet he is now authorized to wear his ROTC rank while at drill with his National Guard unit.


Three Cadets get sworn in

Thu, Nov 29, 2007

Three new cadets were sworn into the Longhorn Battalion this week. On Wednesday LTC Robinson swore Cadets Maudru and Weathers after contracting and on Thursday morning Cadet Paro. Cadets Maudru and Paro each received full ROTC scholarships and Cadet Weathers in the Simultaneous Membership program.


Football delivered to TAMU

Mack Brown signs, Governor delivers

Thu, Nov 29, 2007

In a new twist to an old tradition the Battalion got a signed gameball to College Station for the Texas vs TAMU game. Traditionally the football, which is signed by Coach Brown and presented to the Battlion, has been run the 100 miles by cadets. However, the increase in traffic along the route has made the journey increasingly more hazardous.


Veterans Day Ceremony

Longhorn Battalion, Air Force, and Navy participate in flag-lowering ceremony

Wed, Nov 14, 2007

The Longhorn Battalion participated in the annual flag-lowering ceremony with the Air Force and Navy on Thursday November 8th. The ceremony was held at the Main Building this year and members from all 3 services comprised the flag detail.


Battalion celebrates its 60th Anniversary

Wed, Nov 14, 2007

The Longhorn Battalion celebrated its 60th anniversary at the University of Texas on Saturday the 10th of November. Cadets and alumni of the Battalion gathered on Speedway and held a ceremony that included words from UT President William Powers, Jr. and Brigadier General Rudesheim, the Fort Hood Installation commander.


Cadets practice plotting points

Thu, Nov 8, 2007

The MS II class practiced plotting points from on top of DKR/Memorial stadium this week. The class looked south from the stadium and several landmarks were designated. They then used a compus to get the direction to the landmark and estimated how far away it was.


Governor Perry runs with the Battalion

Fri, Nov 2, 2007

Governor Rick Perry joined the Longhorn Battalion for PT this morning in another celebration marking the 60th anniversary of ROTC at the University of Texas. The Governor lead the battalion in a run through the campus and to the steps of the Capitol building. The cadets then were invited inside to the rotunda and had pictures taken. Governor Perry then personally talked with each cadet and wished them well.


Halloween Fun

Thu, Nov 1, 2007

Cadets of the Longhorn Battalion got to let their hair down for the PT session on Halloween. In what has become an annual tradition, the battalion dressed up in Halloween costumes for PT on the 31st (including some, like those at left, as Air Force Cadets... no offense, Air Force!).


St. Edwards Involvement Fair

Wed, Oct 3, 2007

The Student Involvement Fair at St. Edwards University, was attended by Major Segner (Recruiting and Retention Officer) c/ CPT Morford, c/ 1SGT Koenig, c/ 2LT Garcia, and c/ Fulton. It was located at the Ragsdale Center in the Mabee Ballroom where new and current students had the opportunity to interact with various organizations that aim to promote student life activities on the campus.


Orientation

Wed, Oct 3, 2007

On Monday and Tuesday the 27th and 28th of August, 71 Cadets of the Longhorn Battalion took time out of their summer to attend the annual fall orientation. Executed by the seniors (MS IVs), freshly back from the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) in Ft Lewis, WA, and supervised by Cadre, cadets began the day with an introduction to the Cadet Staff and Cadre instructors.


Color Guard

Wed, Oct 3, 2007

This year the color guard has performed at many events, even during the summer.


Scholarship application

Mon, Sep 24, 2007

Thinking about applying for an Army ROTC Scholarship? The following link contains all the info you need including an online application...


Fall Commissioning

2LTs Bradford and Sumair Commissioned

Mon, Aug 27, 2007

The Fall semester got off to a great start with the commissioning of two cadets. 2LT Brandon Bradford and 2LT Buddy Sumair took the oath of office and were sworn in by Captain Peloquin in a short ceremony on Saturday, August 25th in front of their families, guests, and some new incoming cadets. The ceremony was followed by cake and Bar-B-Q.


Class of 2007's Legacy Gift Arrives

Sat, Jul 7, 2007

UT Army ROTC's Class of 2007 legacy gift has arrived just in time for our 60th Anniversary.


UT Army ROTC Now Has Facebook and Myspace Sites!

Wed, Jun 27, 2007

UT Army ROTC now has Facebook and Myspace accounts. Browse through the tons of pictures posted on both sites. Links to the sites are posted above.


Cadets Get Commissioned

Mon, Jun 4, 2007

The Battalion proudly commissioned 12 new Lieutenants on the 18th of May in both an Army ceremony and a Joint ROTC ceremony.


Longhorn Battalion Awarded President's Cup

Mon, May 14, 2007

For the last PT session of the academic year, the Longhorn Battalion held a joint run in conjunction with the University of Texas Navy and Air Force ROTC units. Cadets and midshipman from all three units met at RAS Hall at 6am for a run of about 2 miles. The run ended at the Main Building where UT President William Powers, Jr. awarded the Longhorn Battalion the 1st Annual Presidents Cup. The battalion earned the President’s Cup by winning the majority of sporting competitions between the joint services.


Major Mackay, Western Region Instructor of the Year

Thu, May 3, 2007

The Longhorn Battalion's very own MS III instructor, Major Ron Mackay, was recently named the Western Region Instructor of the Year and the Cadet Command Instructor of the Year runner-up. The recommendation written on Major Mackay's behalf speaks for itself: “MAJ Mackay was the backbone of continuity of a program that endured five of 10 transitioning personnel on the cadre over a four month period.”


Longhorn Battalion Hosts Military Ball

Thu, May 3, 2007

On Saturday, April 27th, the Longhorn Battalion hosted its annual military ball at the Embassy Suites - North Hotel. All told, about 170 cadets, cadre, and guests attended the ball.


Joint Services Mad Dog PT

Tue, Apr 24, 2007

On Wednesday April 15, Longhorn Battalion cadets participated in a joint PT session with UT football strength trainer “Mad Dog” Madden.


Cadet Burgoon Receives Marshall Award

Tue, Apr 24, 2007

In November 1976, then Chief of Staff of the United States Army, General Bernard Rogers and Marshall Foundation lifetime trustee retired General Maxwell Taylor agreed to "the establishment of an annual George C. Marshall Award for outstanding members of the Army ROTC."


Cadets Awarded for Sucessful Semester

Tue, Apr 24, 2007

On Thursday April 16, cadets participated in the spring awards ceremony. The purpose of the awards ceremony was to recognize cadets' accomplishments throughout the semester.


Cadets in the Community

Tue, Apr 24, 2007

On Saturday April 11, Longhorn Battalion cadets participated in a community service project on Austin’s east side to teach kids and adults English and basic mathematics.


Cadets Complete Bataan Memorial Death March

Tue, Apr 17, 2007

On March 25, 10 freshman and sophomore cadets participated in the annual Bataan Memorial Death March in White Sands, New Mexico. The Bataan Memorial Death March commemorates the forced march of imprisoned American servicemen through the Philippine jungle to prison camps.

Under the leadership of Cadet Sergeant Jimmy Welton, the 10 cadets who represented the Longhorn Battalion trained for several months to complete the grueling 26.2 mile route. In the following paragraphs, Cadet Sergeant Jonathan Shaw tells of his experience participating in the memorial march.


Cadets Excel at Combined FTX

Mon, Apr 16, 2007

From 30 March to 1 April, the Longhorn Battalion joined Texas State University, St. Mary’s University, and University of Texas at San Antonio at Camp Bullis for a Combined Field Training Exercise (CFTX).


Cadet Ockrassa Contracts

Mon, Apr 2, 2007

On 29 March 2007, Cadet Theresa Ockrassa became the Longhorn Battalion's newest contracted cadet. Having joined the battalion this year as a sophomore, Cadet Ockrassa distinguished herself amongst her peers and earned an Army ROTC scholarship. Cadet Ockrassa was sworn in in front of her classmates by her mother, a retired engineer Lieutenant Colonel.


Army ROTC Wins 1st Annual President's Cup!!

Mon, Apr 2, 2007

Along with Forty Acres Fest on Saturday 24 March 2007, cadets participated in the President's Cup against the Navy and Air Force ROTC programs. The President's Cup brings together all 3 military services in biannual competition to promote teamwork, healthy competition and inter-service cooperation.


Logistician Visits Cadets

Mon, Apr 2, 2007

Colonel Hudson of the 82nd Airborne Division visited cadets at lab on Thursday March 22nd. Colonel Hudson, who will deploy to combat for a fifth time in May, was delighted at the opportunity to speak to cadets about what to expect as future lieutenants in an Army engaged in conflicts around the world.


Cadets Recruit During Forty Acres Fest

Mon, Apr 2, 2007

On Saturday March 24th, UT cadets participated in the University of Texas Forty Acres Fest. The Forty Acres Fest is UT's largest student-run events that features booths set up by student organizations and, this year, a concert headlined by music legend Little Richard.


Cadets Survive Mad Dog PT

Wed, Mar 7, 2007

Monday morning the Longhorn Battalion got a little dose of Longhorn football training during PT. The University assistant athletics director for strength and conditioning, Jeff “Mad Dog” Madden, kindly invited the Longhorn Battalion to the Frank Denius practice fields (also known as “the bubble”) for an hour of agility drills. Mad Dog and his staff of world class trainers led more than 40 cadets and several brave cadre members through a grueling series of bear crawls, sprints, tumbles, and high knee exercises, among others.


Cadets are a "GO" at the Pool

Wed, Mar 7, 2007

This morning (7 March 2007) the Longhorn Battalion conducted the Combat Water Survival Test (CWST) at the Texas Swim Center (TSC). The Combat Water Survival Test's purpose is to both test a cadet's water survival skills and to build confidence in and around water.


Cadets Conduct Live Fire Exercise

Paintball weapons used to simulate M16s

Mon, Mar 5, 2007

On Thursday, 1 March 2007, the Longhorn Battalion conducted the first of three live fire exercises with paintball weapons, near the University of Texas Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation Building (MCC). The densely wooded area around the MCC helipad provides a realistic environment to train the basics of team and squad level tactics.


2LT Departs

Mon, Mar 5, 2007

Friday, 2 March 2007, marked the last day for 2LT Sutton with the Longhorn Battalion. 2LT David Sutton served with the Longhorn Battalion as a Goldbar Recruiter beginning in Mid-January 2007. 2LT Sutton will next attend the Basic Officer Leaders Course, Phase II (BOLCII) at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. Upon graduation from BOLCII, 2LT Sutton will attend the Initial Entry Rotary Wing phase of Army flight training at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. 2LT Sutton aspires to fly the AH-64D Longbow attack helicopter upon graduation from flight school. The Longhorn Battalion wishes 2LT Sutton and his wife (also a 2LT) the best of luck in the future.


Seniors Receive Army Family Team Building Class

Mon, Mar 5, 2007

During class last Thursday (1 March 2007), MSIV cadets received a class on Army Family Team Building (AFTB). AFTB is a large Army wide program with the objective of educating and supporting the spouses of soldiers. CPT Peloquin and his wife, certified AFTB instructors, taught the class and will act as the Longhorn Battalion AFTB coordinators.


Aviation Commander Addresses Cadets

Mon, Feb 26, 2007

During leadership lab last week, cadets were addressed by COL Douglas Gabram who spoke to cadets about leadership and the lessons he has learned in his 22 years of experience as an army officer. Currently, COL Gabram is a U.S. Army War College Fellow here at UT and is designated to assume command of the 1st Cavalry Division Aviation Brigade upon graduation. COL Gabram engaged Longhorn Battalion cadets with his points and promoted a great deal of discussion throughout his comments. In closing, COL Gabram imparted three critical steps for being successful as a team in hard situations: 1) Stay Positive, 2) Stay Alert, and 3) Take care of each other.


Three Cadets Contract

Mon, Feb 26, 2007

On 15 February 2007, Cadet Crystal Garcia was sworn in by LTC Kevin Vizzarri, the Professor of Military Science, as a contracted cadet. Cadet Garcia is the recipient of a Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) Scholarship and will participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) with the Texas National Guard.


Winter FTX: Part I

Fri, Feb 16, 2007

From 9-10 February 2007, the Longhorn Battalion traveled to Ft. Hood, Texas for the annual Winter FTX. On Friday, cadets loaded government vans and departed for the FTX from Camp Mabry, Texas after drawing 40 M16A2 rifles for use at the rifle range on Saturday. From Camp Mabry, the battalion traveled directly to Hood Army Airfield to link up with members of the 21st Cavalry (Air Combat) Brigade. Cadets filed in to a large hanger and were briefed by the 21st Cavalry Brigade commander, Colonel Brockman.


Winter FTX: Part II

Fri, Feb 16, 2007

After spending the night in a garrison environment, cadets spent Saturday honing their warrior skills. The MS I and II cadets spent the morning at the Warrior Skills Trainer (WST), which is a large convoy simulator. The simulator consists of four High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles(HMMWV) containing TV screens in place of windshields and surrounded by large projection screens. Each cadet had the opportunity to occupy a position on a vehicle (driver, commander, machine gunner, etc.) while the convoy was put through a series of tactical situations. It was noted by several personnel operating the simulator that the Longhorn Cadets preformed just as well as- if not better than- most regular army units training on the simulator.


Cadets Conduct Primary Marksmanship Instruction

Mon, Feb 12, 2007

The fourth lab of the semester consisted of Primary Marksmanship Instruction. The intent of the lab was to prepare cadets for the following weekend’s FTX to Ft. Hood and the M16 Range. Three stations taught cadets the most essential knowledge and skills in order to successfully operate, fire, and qualify with the M-16A2 assault rifle.


Cadets Welton and Troung Contract

Mon, Feb 12, 2007

On Thursday, 8 February 2007, Cadet James Welton and Cadet Christopher Troung became the newest contracted cadets in the United States Army.


MSIIIs Practice Dealing With Mission Variables

Sat, Feb 3, 2007

During leadership lab on February 1st, MSIII cadets spent the afternoon learning to deal with variables encountered during combat missions. Specifically, training focused on how to deal with human variables such as media, non-government agencies, and civilians.


Cadets Learn Principles of Close Quarters Combat

Sat, Feb 3, 2007

Last week’s leadership lab afforded the MSI and MSII classes the opportunity to work with members of the Austin Police Department in being trained on the basics of close quarters combat.


Cadets Practice Drill and Ceremony

Tue, Jan 30, 2007

On Thursday, January 24th, new cadets in the Longhorn Battalion had the opportunity to learn and practice basic drill and ceremony during leadership lab.


Cadets Participate in Alumni Wedding

Tue, Jan 30, 2007

Last Saturday afternoon (27 JAN 07), marked the wedding of UT Army ROTC alum 2LT Derek Walsh to the former Michelle Inscore, 2005 graduate of Texas A and M University. Current cadets from the Longhorn Battalion had the opportunity to participate in the wedding in various roles.


Cadets Raise $1400

Sun, Jan 21, 2007

Last night, the Longhorn Battalion received a last minute call to duty from the World Combat League. The Longhorn Battalion was needed to fill in as survey takers in order to better determine the demographics of fans attending WCL events. In return for collecting about 300 surveys before the event, the battalion received $1400 for the cadet fund and each cadet received tickets to attend the championship match.


UT Army ROTC Alum Speaks To Cadets

Fri, Jan 19, 2007

As a conclusion to the first leadership lab of the semester, cadets had the privilege of conducting a Q and A session with UT Army ROTC Alum 1LT Jeff Wright. 1LT Wright is currently on leave from the 82nd Airborne Division, stationed in Iraq, where he serves as a fire support officer and headquarters platoon leader. 1LT Wright discussed a wide variety of topics including ROTC experiences, training experiences after commissioning, leadership, and what it is like to serve in a combat zone as a junior officer.


UT Army ROTC Conducts Change of Command Ceremony

Fri, Jan 19, 2007

Yesterday, the University of Texas Army ROTC Longhorn Battalion held a semester change of command ceremony. The change of command ceremony is a time honored tradition which formally symbolizes the continuity of authority as the command of a unit is pass from one commander to another. The ceremony is a formality conducted before the assembled units of the command. The change of command is a transfer of total responsibility, authority, and accountability.


Cadets Swear-In

Fri, Jan 19, 2007

On 18 January 2007, three cadets signed contracts thereby becoming an official part of the U.S. Army. The three contracting cadets were Cadet James Horne, Cadet Jeffrey Russell, and Cadet Harold Lopez. After signing their contracts, the newest members of the army were sworn in by the Professor of Military Science LTC Kevin A. Vizzarri. In return for becoming contracted cadets and agreeing to accept a commission as a 2LT in the army, these cadets will receive a monthly stipend, a semester book allowance, and up to full tuition until they graduate.


Tandem Freefall!

ROTC sponsors jump with Golden Knights

Thu, Jan 11, 2007

The Army ROTC department invited Mr. David Wenger, Red McCombs School of Business Director of Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs, to make a tandem freefall parachute jump with the renowned Army parachute team, The Golden Knights. Read more about this on the School of Business web site : http://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/news/pressreleases/wenger_air.asp


Fall Commissioning

Mon, Jan 8, 2007

The Fall semester ended with the successfull commissioning of four cadets in a ceremony conducted at the State Capital on December 21st. Those new lieutenants are 2LT Frost, 2LT Thompson, 2LT Lindley and 2LT Tong.