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Students honored during Military Honors Parade

Featuring the 135th Corps of Cadets, Georgia Military College held a Military Honors Parade on Friday, March 7, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. on Grant Parade. The parade’s guest speaker was Major General Jim Butterworth, Adjutant General for the State of Georgia. Each year, the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation presents the MacArthur Cadet Award to the outstanding cadets of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools. The objective is to encourage the students of member institutions to emulate and practice the qualities exemplified by Douglas MacArthur as a cadet at the West Texas Military Institute and at the United States Military Academy. The criterion for the award is the most soldierly performance by a senior class cadet considering academics, athletics, and leadership. The award consists of a check, a uniform pin, an engraved MacArthur Medal and a copy of the book, MacArthur – Melbourne to Tokyo. The junior college award was presented to Cadet Colonel Robert Koontz. Mr. Koontz has received an appointment to the Military Academy at West Point. The Prep School award was presented to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Delarrion Milner. Mr. Milner has received an appointment to the Air Force Academy. The Distinguished Order of the Servant Leader Award recognizes character excellence for those members of the GMC family who have volunteered at least 100 hours of community service in one year. Cadet Sergeant First Class Mark Bell and Cadet Staff Sergeant Luke Rutherford received this award. Cadet Master Sergeant Kristin Kuehn received the second award of the medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster) which represents at least 200 hours of community service. Ranger Challenge is known as the varsity sport of the Senior ROTC program. The Ranger Challenge program puts cadets through a tough mental and physical competition in order to enhance leader development, team cohesion, and healthy competition. The following members of the Ranger Challenge Team were honored: Angel Tua, Anthony Castiglione, Marcus Greene, Tyler Needham, Exavier Gibson, Even Reece, Celine Prieb, and Ariel Vasquez. The junior college color guard was recognized for their attention to detail, long hours of practice, and their many performances both on and off campus. Their service and dedication reflect great credit upon them and Georgia Military College. The following received award ribbons: Cadet Sergeant Major Kirk Davis, Cadet Master Sergeant Joseph Roberson, Cadet Sergeant First Class Nicole Cates, Cadet Staff Sergeant Kayla Martin, and Cadet Staff Sergeant Richard Lee. Cadet Colonel Robert Koontz, Regimental Commander and Cadet James Dennard received the “Fit to Lead” medal and ribbon which recognizes junior college cadets who have scored the maximum number of points on the Army’s Physical Fitness Test. View parade photos here: 2014 Military Honors Parade.