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Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visits Marquette

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, visited Marquette University on April 5, 2011.  The Chairman had breakfast with and addressed the Cadets and Midshipmen of Marquette University's Army, Air Force, and Navy ROTC programs.

ROTC at Marquette traces its lineage to 1918 when the Student Army Training Corps was established on campus to commission Army officers and facilitate the nation’s efforts in the First World War.  The Naval ROTC unit was officially established in 1940.  In 1943 the Marquette community welcomed the Army Special Training Program which prepared Marquette students for leadership positions in the Army during World War II.  Marquette hosted the Navy’s V-12 College Training Program from 1943 to 1945 to supplement the Navy and Marine Corps’ need for commissioned officers during the Second World War. The current Department of Military Science and Leadership (Army ROTC) was established in 1951.  During the Vietnam War, many universities yielded to the pressure put upon them by those who opposed that war and made the decision to close their ROTC programs.   Marquette did not follow that path but instead remained committed to its long tradition of ROTC involvement. We did so because Marquette believes we can best serve both our nation and our own values as a Catholic, Jesuit university if we continue to play a positive role in the ethical education of future leaders of our armed forces. Air Force ROTC traces its history to the mid-1980s, and the official Marquette detachment was established in 1998.  All three units train Marquette students to become ethical officers of character for our nation’s military.

The Army ROTC program is comprised of over 100 cadets, majority of whom are Marquette students, with the others attending affiliate schools at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Concordia University Wisconsin, and Carroll University.

Marquette Cadet earns Combat Diver Qualification Course badge

The U.S. Army Combat Diver Qualification Course
Cadet Perspective on Combat Diver School
By: CDT Kevin Bubolz

This past summer I had the rare opportunity to attend the Army’s Combat Diver Qualification Course (CDQC), which is almost exclusive to special forces operatives. This course is 6 weeks long and is conducted in Key West, Florida. However, prior to being eligible for CDQC, I was required to pass a pre-CDQC course, which was two weeks longs at West Point, New York. Pre-CDQC consisted of PT every morning followed by a four-hour pool session followed by a long distance surface swim. During the pool sessions we practiced events such as, weight belt swims, 50m underwater swim, drown proofing where your hands and feet are tied and your are required to accomplish certain tasks, treading water with weight bricks, underwater knot tying, and equipment recovery which involves removing all of your equipment in one breath at the bottom of the pool and then retrieving it in one breath.

Following completion of pre-CDQC, I went to the main course where the training was even tougher, and more exciting. Pool week was where students became very familiar with pushing themselves to their limits while remaining calm and accomplishing the tasks at hand. Following pool week, students started using open-circuit scuba and conducted a 130-foot deep dive, ship bottom search, and underwater navigation swims. Then we were introduced to closed-circuit LAR V rebreathers, which do not emit any exhaust bubbles thus allowing for stealthy insertion. During advanced closed-circuit we used DPDs (Diver Propulsion Devices) and Zodiacs/CRRC (Combat Rubber Raiding Craft) to work together as 12-man ODA teams to accomplish missions. Next was spec-ops week where we jumped out of C-130’s with Zodiacs on SOCEPs (Special Operations Combat Expendable Platforms) and landed in the water and did helocasting which is a tactical insertion into the water from a moving helicopter. Overall, I learned a great deal at CDQC and was very lucky to experience training with the Army’s best NCO’s and Officers.

German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge Testing Conducted

Soldiers and Cadets Pursue Foreign Badge

EDINBURGH, IN. (Army News Service, February 26, 2007)

During the span of a Soldier's military career, there are few opportunities to earn approved foreign military decorations. Indiana University ROTC in conjunction with the German Armed Forces Liaison Office at Fort Knox, KY., gave soldiers and Cadets a chance to earn the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency.Over 150 soldiers and Cadets came out to participate in events held on Feb. 17-18 at both Indiana University and Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center."This is an outstanding opportunity for the Cadets to meet Cadets from other programs throughout Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, and even up as far as Michigan," said Lt. Col. Stewart Fearon, the Professor of Military Science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. "All of these soldiers get the opportunity to compete for the badge, which they can actually carry with them on active duty to wear on their uniforms."The award was established in the 1970s to reward and recognize soldiers in the German Armed Forces who possessed superior physical abilities.This rigorous multi-day competition challenged soldiers and Cadets to demonstrate proficiency in a wide range of physical activities at Indiana University and Camp Atterbury. Events included a 200-meter swim, 100, 400, or 1000-meter sprint, high jump, long jump, shot-put, pistol qualification, and first aid proficiency test, were also required elements for this badge. Soldiers and Cadets had to meet the standards in each event based on their age and gender to qualify. In addition to the above requirements, a commander's evaluation of the soldiers and Cadets was included in their overall review.

After completing all requirements in each event, soldiers and Cadets who qualified were given a certificate and badge personally presented by SGM Grenzebach to validate their achievement.

Strong Performance at Ranger Challenge 2006

Strong Performance At Ranger Challenge 2006
By Cadet Ryan Goltz

Marquette from three teams certainly made their presence known at the annual 9th Brigade Ranger Challenge competition held at Fort McCoy, WI. Marquette's A-Team made a strong push to recapture the title but was narrowly edged out by strong competition from Wheaton College and the University of Illinois- Chicago. MU's B-Team and C-Team (all females) had admirable showings in the 5-man division placing 4th and 8th, respectively.

The hard work started months before the first salute of the opening ceremony. Team members showed dedication and determination by voluntarily participating in more strenuous and time-consuming physical fitness and technical skills programs. A favorite training event of all team members was certainly the 7-mile "ruck-runs" every Wednesday at 0600.

The long weekend started with a night land navigation course where Cadets scrambled through the wilderness to find points as far as four miles away. After an early wake up call, day two began with an Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) followed by an obstacle course. Cadets were then given maps and grid coordinates which marked the location of the day's events. Teams were responsible for finding their way to each event as quickly as possible. Events included a humvee pull, one-rope bridge, weapons assembly, and a litter carry assault course. Cadets traversed over 17 miles of challenging terrain in less than 10 hours. All competitors slept well.

The final grueling event was the 10K march. Teams assembled in the icy morning frost to begin the course, which runs through some of the steepest bluffs on post. Teamwork is the only way to complete the course, and Marquette's teams demonstrated some of the best teamwork of this year's competition. Ranger Challenge 2006 was the most strenuous course to date, but all team members agree that it was another fun year of great training, great experiences, and great friends. Thanks to all team members and cadre for working hard and performing excellently this year.

Cadets Participate in Army Ten-Miler

Cadet Perspective on the Army Ten-Miler
By: CDT Kelley

On October 8, 2006, 8 Cadets and 1 cadre member from the Golden Eagle Battalion participated in the 22nd annual Army Ten Miler in Washington DC. The Army Ten Miler is the largest ten mile race in the country with a total of 24,011 registrants this year. Registration closed ten days early this year when the maximum registration was full.

Preparations for the race began in early May when the battalion’s intent to send a team was announced. The last time a team was sent was in 2004. Soon after, the team was registered for the race. The participants were assisted in making custom workouts based on their abilities and race goals. Training was made difficult for some of the Cadets due to summer training interfering with workout routines but every effort was made by each Cadet to follow their individual program as closely as possible. Also each participant was encouraged to do a race prior to the Ten Miler to further prepare them. Cadets participated in races ranging from 5K to full marathons. Also during this time funding was provided by both the Golden Eagle Battalion and Stratford State Bank.

Soon race day came and on October 7th the team departed for Washington DC. After a 0400 rendezvous at George Webb’s to grab a bite to eat the team drove to Chicago O’Hare to catch a direct flight to Washington. Immediately upon arriving at Washington the team attended the race expo to pick up their race packets. It was a very intense atmosphere where all the runners were indulging in the many give-aways and great deals on running gear. Anything from custom made shoes to “HOOAH” energy bars were available.

Next came all the normal tourist attractions. The team went to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, The World War II Memorial, and the Washington Monument amongst other attractions. But all that walking worked up a good appetite and an evening meal at a local Italian restaurant was the perfect pre race carbo loading opportunity followed by an early bedtime in preparation for race day.

The race was very exciting because it was what the team had been preparing for since May. There were security checks, MPs, even snipers all providing security for the race so that the race wouldn’t have to be diverted like it was the previous year due to a terrorist threat. The starting area was nothing less than chaotic. There were people everywhere. Many of the team members even recognized people including a recent graduate of the GEB. However, despite the bustle, as soon as the Star Spangled Banner began playing everything stopped. Not a single person moved as a reminder of the real reason that the race was going on. Then the starting gun went off and 24,000 runners started the 10 mile race.

The race itself was more than anyone expected. The Cadets met a variety of people from general staff officers to other Cadets. However, the most inspirational moments were when the entire race cheered on the wounded veterans running with prosthetic legs or and other injuries reminding everybody what it meant to be a member of the United States Army. Everybody was humbled by the site of these soldiers and was proud to be part of an organization that attracts these kinds of heroes. The race made its way past all the monuments and all along the way bands and cheering crowds rooted the runners on.

Though the team didn’t win the race, nobody considered it a wasted experience. It was a reminder of the size of the organization we represent and filled everybody with a sense of pride to be part of it. It's an experience that is definitely worth participating in again even if it’s not with ROTC. Overall it was an amazing experience and definitely one of the highlights of my ROTC career.