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Governor Rick Perry, Chancellor John Sharp Speak With News 3 About Corps Final Review

It's a year in review for the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M with one last series of inspections before hundreds graduate and new leaders climb the ranks.

News 3 was at Kyle Field and captured the roller coaster of emotions that is final review.

It's always an exciting moment at Texas A&M as another year comes to an end for the Corps of Cadets.

News 3 spoke one-on-one with Governor Rick Perry and Chancellor John Sharp who both went through the same drills at Kyle Field 40 years ago.

It's a culmination of what you know and who you are as a Corps of Cadets member at Texas A&M.

For senior Blake Weston the last final review of his college career is bittersweet.

"You've got a lot of memories with friends and a lot of things that were hard times, good times. Lot of early morning classes, a lot of early morning P.T., march to the Brazos is always rough," said Weston, a manufacturing mechanical engineering tech senior from Gladewater.

Two of the university's most notable former students were on hand for the inspections.

Something Governor Rick Perry and Chancellor John Sharp know about first hand.

"40 years ago today Chancellor Sharp and I made our last trip around the drill field and I think John said it pretty well there wasn't a dry eye in the crowd from our group so it's quite an emotional day," said Governor Rick Perry, (R) Texas.

The two tell us it's an experience you can only find in Aggieland.

"I wish you could have been here 40 years ago you would have seen the old governor and old chancellor crying like a baby. Because he's right these friendships are forever and this is the only place that that happens on this planet," said John Sharp, Texas A&M System Chancellor.

Next week 87 corps members are being commissioned into the four branches of the military. Now that's more than any other college accept the service academies.

"We're hoping to be between 2,300 and 2,400 cadets in the fall. That'll be the largest corps we've had in about 40 years so but we'll see. You know we never know really until the first day of fish orientation week," said Brigadier General Joe Ramirez, U.S. Army (Ret.).

Ramirez is the Corps of Cadets Commandant.

"At the end of the day you ran around with your buddies for four years and had a pretty good time about it," added Blake Weston.

Certainly proud moments for cadets and their families.

Commandant Joe Ramirez tells us more units may be activated in the future as the corps continues to grow.

This year the Corps of Cadets has a little more than 2,000 members.


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