September 29th and 30th was a busy
weekend for UD Army ROTC cadets. On September 29th UD Army ROTC
cadets participated in the 2018 Vet Fest 5k run and ruck in Middletown, DE as
runners, ruckers, and volunteers. The race was created by Delawareans inspired
by the 22in22 movement with all proceeds going directly to Stop Soldier Suicide
Inc., which is an organization that works to assist troops, veterans, and
military family members, meeting with people one on one to find necessary
resources. With a day full of music and food, cadets were able to support the
cause and interact with local veterans, military personnel, military family
members, and JROTC cadets. Cadets were interviewed by reporters and talked with
Senator Tom Carper, who showed his support for the program.
Cadets ran and rucked, many participating in
both events. UD Army ROTC was represented well at this event. Cadet Alec
Laundree took home overall first place in the 5k ruck.
On September 30th cadets ran,
rucked, and volunteered at the Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run in
Newark, DE. The Travis Manion Foundation provides awareness and support for
those who have fallen. Known for the “if not me then who…” slogan, the 9/11 Heroes
Run has a mission to unite international communities and remembers those who
have fallen on 9/11 and the wars since – veteran, first responder, civilian,
and military. UD students with a mixture of Army and Air Force ROTC cadets
brought the first annual Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run to Newark, DE
as part of the Executive Board. From UD Army ROTC Cadets Ana Rant, Claudia Bacon, Emily Jardel,
Hailey Oliver, Julie Dumont, Lauren Gomez, and Matthew Chybicki worked on the committee that put together
With over 150 runners, ruckers, and walkers who came out
that day the event was a success. The opening ceremony involved multiple
speakers, a presentation of names of fallen Delawareans, a presentation of the colors
by a joint UD Army and Airforce ROTC color guard, and a bagpipe presentation.
Multiple Army and Air Force cadets participated in the run, with multiple Army
ROTC top finishers. Cadet Johnathan Kohles took home first place.
- Cadet Hailey Oliver