COLLEGE STATION, Feb. 21, 2013 – For the second year, Texas A&M University’s Army ROTC Program has been named a winner of the MacArthur Award for 2012, officially recognizing it as the nation’s top Reserve Officers' Training Corps program in its category. The university also received the award in 2010.
Army ROTC Cadet Command announced the eight winners of the annual MacArthur Awards for the 2011-12 school year on Feb. 20. The award recognizes the eight schools, selected from among the 273 senior ROTC units nationwide, as the top programs in the country.
Since 1989 the awards, presented by the U.S. Army Cadet Command and the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation, recognize the ideals of "duty, honor and country" as advocated by MacArthur.
“I am very proud of the Texas A&M Army ROTC program for once again receiving such a prestigious recognition from the U.S. Army and the MacArthur Foundation,” said Brig. Gen. Joe Ramirez Jr, commandant of the Corps of Cadets. “Texas A&M continues to lead the way in producing quality leaders for our state and our nation, and this is just another indicator of the quality of the leader development programs we have on our campus. Col. Gibler and all of his very professional staff in the Army ROTC program continue to do a superb job in keeping the Texas A&M Army ROTC program at such a professional and distinguished level.”
“It is a sincere privilege to receive the MacArthur award and to do so in two of the last three years is a true testament to the values, dedication and commitment of the officers, non-commissioned officers, staff and cadets,” said Col. Michael Gibler '85, Army Professor of Military Science at Texas A&M. “The award is tangible recognition of the hard work, long hours and extra effort that is often taken for granted until moments like these.”
Texas A&M’s Army ROTC represents Cadet Command's 1st Brigade. The brigade consists of the nation's six senior military colleges and five of the military junior colleges.
The other schools to receive the award are:
Gannon University, of Erie, Pa., which represents 2nd Brigade. The brigade consists of the 41 senior Army ROTC programs in the northeast.
Iowa State University, of Ames, Iowa, which represents 3rd Brigade. The brigade consists of the 40 senior Army ROTC programs in the Midwest. Iowa State won the award last year as well.
University of Virginia, of Charlottesville, Va., which represents 4th Brigade. The brigade consists of the 38 senior Army ROTC programs in the mid-Atlantic region.
University of Colorado, of Boulder, Colo., which represents 5th Brigade. The brigade includes the 36 senior Army ROTC programs in the southwest.
University of Georgia, of Athens, Ga., which represents 6th Brigade. The brigade consists of the 39 senior Army ROTC programs in the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.
University of Notre Dame, of South Bend, Ind., which represents 7th Brigade. The brigade consists of the 38 senior Army ROTC programs in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky. Notre Dame won the award last year as well.
Pacific Lutheran University, of Tacoma, Wash., which represents 8th Brigade. The brigade consists of the 30 senior Army ROTC programs on the West Coast, as well as Hawaii, Alaska and Guam.”