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April 10, 2012

ROTC 60th Anniversary Celebration


The Wheaton College Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps Rolling Thunder Battalion celebrates its 60th year with a reception at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 12.

The celebration will include remarks by Wheaton College President Philip Ryken and several ROTC alumni. A display featuring Wheaton’s historical relationship with the Army will be unveiled during the event.

The Rolling Thunder Battalion is made up of cadets from Wheaton College, Lewis University , Benedictine University, University of St. Francis, Aurora University, North Central College and Elmhurst College. These schools cooperate with the Army to commission competent, confident, and caring junior leaders for the United States Army. ROTC is committed to providing our nation with leaders who take seriously their responsibilities to serve their country and their God honorably.

Wheaton’s ROTC program has earned recognition for the Best Overall ROTC Program, receiving the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America Award in 2005 and 2006. The program also received the Douglas MacArthur Award in 2006 for being the best program in the western region. Wheaton ranks in the top 10 programs in the country for physical fitness, and the Rolling Thunder Battalion’s teams consistently place highly in the annual regional Ranger Challenge competition.

The event will be held in room 145 of the Science Center located at 430 Howard Street in Wheaton. For more information, call the Office of Military Science at 630.752.5121.

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