Tuesday, May 3, 2011

HU Cadet Named George C. Marshall Award Recipient

Cadet Ronald Britt

HU Cadet Named George C. Marshall Award Recipient

Graduating senior Ronald Britt, a psychology major and an Army ROTC cadet from Ellicott City, Md., was recently awarded the prestigious George C. Marshall Award.  The award is given to only the top-ranked cadets from across the nation. 

Each year, cadets are ranked and selected from their respective battalions based on scholarship, leadership, physical fitness, community involvement. Recipients are college seniors and a majority hold senior leadership positions within their schools or Army ROTC battalions.  To date, more than 9,000 Army cadets have been named Marshall Award winners.

By winning the award, Britt was invited to attend the 34th Annual George C. Marshall Awards and Leadership Seminar, April 17-20 in Lexington, Va.  He was one of only 272 Army ROTC cadets from across the nation gathered for the three-day event to discuss the challenges they will encounter as new leaders in the U.S. Army.  

The event is designed around the principles of leadership practiced by the late George C. Marshall, former general of the U.S. Army, U.S. Secretary of State and Nobel prize winner. 

At first, Britt wasn’t aware of the value of the prestigious honor he had received.  But once at the seminar, he “realized it was a big honor.”

As the only cadet present from the HU Pirate Battalion, Britt had the unique opportunity to hear from several U.S. Army and military leaders, including U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and Secretary of the Army John McHugh.

“You can learn a great deal from listening rather than talking,” said Britt.  

Following graduation, Britt leaves for Georgia on July 23 to begin training to use various military vehicles such as the Abrams tank and Humvee.
-Alison L. Phillips

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