Top Army ROTC Cadet Will Participate in National Security Seminar, April 15-17

April 8, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — Theresa D. Ockrassa, selected as the top cadet in the Army ROTC program at The University of Texas at Austin, will participate in the George C. Marshall ROTC Seminar in Lexington, Va., April 15-17.

Ockrassa, from Cedar Park, Texas, will join senior U.S. military leaders, including Army Chief of Staff General George W. Casey and Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, at the national security seminar.

Ockrassa, will be commissioned on May 22 as a quartermaster lieutenant. In ROTC she led the Ranger Challenge Team and was the Battalion executive officer.

"She is a member of the university's honors program and will be a distinguished military graduate," said Lieutenant Colonel Boris Robinson, professor of military science at the university.

"I'm honored to be selected from among all of the seniors in the Army ROTC program here to represent my school," Ockrassa said. "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I'm sure it will give me insights that I can put to immediate use when I become a lieutenant in a few weeks."

The Marshall ROTC Seminar is in its 32nd year. It is named for George C. Marshall, who was Army chief of staff in World War II. Marshall later was secretary of state and secretary of defense in the Truman administration. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953 for his efforts to help Europe recover from World War II.

For more information, contact: Lieutenant Colonel Boris Robinson, 512-232-5396.