photo of the Spartan Battalion in Gettysburg

The Spartan Battalion had a busy April conducting many important events before commissioning a whole new class of Second Lieutenants in May.

The Spartan Battalion had a busy April conducting many important events before commissioning a whole new class of  Second Lieutenants in May.

The Senior MSIV class took part in a weekend-long Staff Ride to Gettysburg in order to explore the battlefield and learn the military strategies of the Civil War in a hands on setting. Prior to the trip, each Cadet was assigned a key military leader in the Civil War and did extensive research on their leader’s characteristics, military strengths, weaknesses, and actions on the battlefield. Each Cadet then presented a briefing on their leader at the location where the leader was most effective. In order to ensure the Cadets received the most accurate historical knowledge, MSU History professor, Dr. Roger Rosentreter was invited as a special guest and provided important knowledge and details in addition to the briefings.

In other events, the Spartan Battalion’s Bold Warrior Challenge Team represented Cadet Command’s 7th Brigade competing in the international Sandhurst Competition at West Point. This was a 30 hour-long competition consisting of 35 miles with physical and military skill obstacles in between. Michigan State placed in the top 50, amongst teams from all over the world.

April concluded with the Battalion’s Spring Award Ceremony held at the Kellogg Center. Cadets received awards and scholarships, not limited to ROTC performance, academics, and overall leadership. Cadet Command also notified the Spartan Battalion that CDT Sarah Macdonald, a Michigan State Nursing student and Cadet, that of all the Nursing Cadets in Cadet Command, she ranked number one.