The CB/CV Chapter supports ROTC at both the JROTC and Senior levels. We provide medals for special achievement recognition and underwrite AUSA memberships for many cadets through the generosity of one of our Members of the Board of Directors, COL (Ret) Carl Gustafson. One of our Board of Directors positions is for liaison with the ROTC organizations in the chapter's area of responsibility. We are proud of our association with these young, dedicated men and women as they work to establish themselves as future leaders of our Army.
2015 Blue Mountain Battalion ROTC Military Ball The Blue Mountain Battalion will conduct its annual ROTC Military Ball on April 10th, 2015 at Comfort Suites in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. We want to extend our warmest thanks to The Cumberland Valley Chapter of the Association of the United States Army whose members made the event possible with a $1,000 contribution to Dickinson College Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Photos of recent activities of the Blue Ridge BN:
Pictures of MOAA and AUSA cadets from Gettysburg Area HS taken during the Warrior Battalion Sixth Annual Military Ball, Dinner and Awards Ceremony held on Friday, 29 April 2011. Cadet Daniel Cooke received the medal and certificate from Carlisle Barracks\Cumberland Valley AUSA Chapter ROTC/JROTC VP COL(R) Carl (Gus) Gustafson; Cadet Kirstin Hunley received the medal and certificate from Cumberland Valley MOAA Chapter President LTC(R) Charlotte Kinney
Cadet Christopher Brown being presented the AUSA medal and certificate on 27 April 2011 at Red Land High School by COL (R) Gustafson, VP ROTC Affairs. This award is provided annually for the outstanding MS-III cadet of each unit who contributes most toward advancing the standing of the MS Department at the institution.
"The AUSA medal, with appropriate certificate, was presented to Cadet Michael Sigler, Battalion Executive Officer, at Carson Long Military Institute on 4 June at their award ceremony. COL (R) Gustafson, VP JROTC/ROTC for the Carlisle Barracks/Cumberland Valley Chapter, briefly discussed AUSA and the significance of the award." Chapter supports Gettysburg High School Junior ROTC Military Ball
Chapter Board Vice President for ROTC Affairs, CPL (ret) Gus Gustafson, made the presentation of the AUSA medal and certificate to Cadet Jason D. Lohuis at Gettysburg Area High School at the Army JROTC, Warrior Battalion Fifth Annual Military Ball, Dinner and Awards Ceremony on April 23rd. COL (R) Gustafson briefly discussed AUSA and the significance of the award.
Shippensburg University and the Raider Battalion
The Shippensburg ROTC program originally began in 1977, as an extension of the Dickinson College ROTC “Blue Mountain” Battalion. However, in October of 1981 recognizing the growth and success of the program, the Department of Defense elevated Shippensburg to “senior host” status, and the Shippensburg University “Raider Battalion” was born. The Raider Battalion is commanded by the chair of the Department of Military Science, Lieutenant-Colonel (LTC) John “Rocky” Lobash, Professor of Military Science. The Department of Military Science cadre personifies the Army’s Total Force concept, being staffed with a mix of Regular Army, PA National Guard officers, and Contractors, consisting of four Officers; two senior Noncommissioned Officers; and two Department of Defense civilians. Since being established as a host battalion, Shippensburg ROTC has had past partnerships or been affiliated with several colleges and universities in the area, including Mount St. Mary’s College and is currently affiliated with Penn State Mont Alto and Wilson College. Shippensburg University has played an integral part in the Army’s quest for quality leadership, commissioning 427 Second Lieutenants in the 28 year history of the ROTC program. For more information go to www.ship.edu/~rotc/ or call the Raider Battalion at 717-477-1782.
The Raider Bn performs at a football game
CARSON LONG JROTC
The Junior ROTC Program at Carson Long Military Institute has a rich and storied history. Carson Long became an all male military boarding school following World War I in 1919, and joined the ranks of Army Junior ROTC in 1954 as a National Defense Cadet Corps unit. In 1991, the school joined the ranks of the fully sponsored JROTC programs and converted to Army Junior ROTC. The program has distinguished itself throughout its history, by winning the designation as a JROTC Honor Unit with Distinction in 54 of the 55 years the program has been in existence. Our graduates have distinguished themselves as both private citizens and as members of our armed forces. 36 former cadets have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation, and most recently one of our former cadets sacrificed his own life to save others at Virginia Tech. The mission of the JROTC Program at Carson Long today is to motivate and inspire our students to be better citizens and to prepare them to assume their role as responsible, ethical leaders of the future. You may visit the Carson Long website to learn more about this outstanding program by clicking on the button below.
Shown below are photos of COL Gus Gustafson as he presented awards to Cadet Yi Cheng Pan during the recenly held awards ceremony at Carson Long Academy.
BLUE MOUNTAIN BATTALION
The Blue Mountain Battalion is comprised of cadets from nine institutions of higher education in south central Pennsylvania. Students from Dickinson, Gettysburg, Penn State - Harrisburg, Penn State - York, Millersville, York College, Lebanon Valley College, Messiah, and Franklin and Marshall College all contribute to the dynamic ROTC program in different ways. To accommodate the differences in location, cadets meet at two host schools (Dickinson College or Millersville University) depending on their proximity. From their respective host school, cadets conduct PT, Leadership Labs, and other formations; but twice a semester merge during the Field Training and Situational Training Exercises. The diversity of educational experiences from these various schools bring cadets together in a way that encourages innovative ideas and a shared sense of working together towards the mission of ROTC.
Throughout the year cadets of the Blue Mountain Battalion can be seen constantly engaging the community. The Battalion provides the color guard for home football games, runs an annual blood drive, hosts a spaghetti dinner with the Carlisle VFW, competes in the fall Ranger Challenge competition, and oversees each year's 9/11 ceremony. These activities give ROTC a noticeable presence, and contribute to the positive relationship the cadets share with other students and faculty.
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Cedar Cliff High School
The JROTC program at Cedar Cliff was established in July 2002. Since that time, over 700 cadets have been enrolled in the program. Major accomplishments of the program: the unit has won JROTC's most prestigious award, "Honor Unit Distinction" both times it has been inspected; the program has had six students accepted into the service academies - four at West Point, one at Annapolis, and one at Coast Guard; over 50-plus cadets have gone into the service; and five of the program's graduates have gone on and graduated from college and been commissioned into the Army as 2d Lieutenants.
RED LAND HIGH SCHOOL
A great dinner, a wonderful guest speaker and terrific ballroom dancing made for a remarkable Friday night for all who attended the 8th Annual WSSD JROTC Military Ball. The event held at the Susquehannaa Club at the New Cumberland Army Depot went incredibly well. The service, food and setting made for a remarkable evening. The guest speaker was our very own COL Edward Murdock, who challenged us to stay committed to the values and morals that the JROTC program tries to instill in all students. As a final tribut to him, the cadets presented him with a stained glass window piece of the Red Land High School JROTC crest. The gift was deeply appreciated by COL Murdock and all who saw it were in awe. After dinner and nice conversations around the table everyone enjoyed ballroom dancing under the tutelage of COL Frank Hancock. Simple put, a good time was had by all.
Patriot Raiders Bring Home 2d Place Honors 28 March 2009
On a misty, wet Saturday the Red Land Patriot Raiders excelled during the annual League Three Raider Competition. This year's competition of eight area high school programs was held at Gettysburg High School and our Patriots were awesome! Their year-long dedication to training for this single day event paid off with an overall second place trophy. This year's team was led by seniors Tyler Romberger, Alec Meyer and Matt Groff. The team consisted of Joseph Colonna, Mike Watson, Derek Pershing, Owen Cramp, Liz Olsece, Kaitlyn Gelsinger, and Devon Newcomer. The day started well with a physical fitness test for which RL earned a second place finish. The team continued in the round robin style comptition to the next event, only to fall victim to a heartbreaking turn of events while conducting the one-rope bridge event. Wet, cold, tired and somewhat emotionally drained, the Patriot Raiders reminded themselves, "What would "Goku do?", the day's mantra, to which the team replied, "Power Up!!!" They excelled at their next station - the six task First Aid event. There they demonstrated their skills and easily took first place honors. Next was the challenging Land Navigation event for which our Patriot Raiders demonstrated their knowledge and fitness by quickly getting five of six points, earning them second place. The final event, a 3K team run, found our Patriots in second place yet one more time. The family and friends who traveled to watch their Patriot Raiders compete were far from disappointed in this year's competition. Our Cadets gave it their all and proudly brought home 2d place honors. To visit the Red Land HS JROTC website, click the button below.