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  • Leadership Development Exercise

    Pirate Battalion: Hampton University Army ROTC Newsletter

    January/February 2016 Volume 1, No. 3

    THE PIRATE PRESSContents

    LDX..........................................................1 StayConnected:HUROTCDatabase................................................2

    FoundersDayCeremony.................2 PirateBattalionWelcomesDoubleTrouble...................................................2

    UglySweaterParty.............................3 MakingSpiritsBright........................3 CadetoftheMonth..........................4 HUWelcomesNewMilitaryScienceInstructor...............................................4

    TheResultsAreIn!..............................4 CadetPhotoWall................................5 UpcomingEvents...............................6 SavetheDate........................................6 SocialMedia..........................................6 FundraiserWebpage..........................6

    Professor of Military Science

    The Pirate Battalion Leadership Development Exercise HU ROTC Databse

    1The Pirate Press

    Photos by: CDT Brett Harris

    LTC Yusef E. GoodStatement

    Hampton University is a special place, but the Army ROTC program is significantly special because of the hard work, dedication and commit-ment of its young leaders...The Stan-dard of Excellence means more than words around here.

    By: CDT Brandon Hall

    The 6th of February gave rise to a new challenge for Hamptons Army ROTC program. The Cadets embarked on a journey to Fort Story in Virginia Beach to conduct a Leadership Development Exercise (LDX). The day was carefully planned by the leadership within the Pirate Battalion. Cadets had the unique experience of a CH-47F Chinook landing on the practice football field of Hampton University. It arrived to transport contracted cadets to Fort Story. All Cadets and guests were given the opportunity to board the aircraft and enjoy the impromptu tour. There was also an intuitive briefing in regards to the aviation branch and the history of the unit itself.

    As soon as the Chinook landed at Fort Story, our skills were put to the test with land navigation. It was especially interesting considering that the MSIs and MSIIs had been under the instruction of MSG Darrell Cornelius for map reading, terrain analysis, and land navigation classes leading up to the LDX.

    The next order of business was to have everybody split into small teams. Each team had a MSIII and MSIV present to supervise and guide them to the desired outcome. The pressure was alive and well as soon as the coordinates and maps were distributed. Each squad was given a variable amount of points that they needed to plot and find and time was of the essence. At each location there was a sign or marker with a specific combination of numbers and letters that needed to be annotated in order to confirm it was the correct location.

    The semi-brisk day passed by and LDX was concluded with an AAR (After Action Report). It was determined that many of the Cadets honed in on the mindset that was consistent with being a lifelong learner. Each Cadet used collaborative teamwork and was able to retain something from this rare experience, which made it very worthwhile for all involved. This was only a small part of what the program has in store for this spring semester, so stay tuned!

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    Pirate Battalion: Hampton University Army ROTC Newsletter

    Cadet of the Year

    CDT Pierce WatsonClassification:JuniorMajor:BiologyHometown:Lowell,MichiganExtraCurricularActivities:Commandingrangerchallenge,tutoringandplayingthepianoFavoriteQuote:Uncommonthoughtleadstouncommonaction.-KiaGreen

    The Hampton University Pirate Battalion welcomed two sets of twins into the program last semester!

    Dominique and Gabrielle Wilson are from Antioch, California. Dominique Wilson is a Kinesiology major while Gabrielle Wilson is an Interdisciplinary Studies major. Aside from their academics, the Wilsons have become involved with ROTC activity teams! Dominique is a member of the Color Guard and Gabrielle is a member of the Ranger Challenge Team.

    Jada and Jasmyn Bostic are from Cleveland, Ohio. However, they have recently moved back from Kaiserslaitern, Germany. Jada is a Computer Science major, with a minor in Leadership Studies while Jasmyn is a 5 Year MBA Major, with a minor in Leadership Studies as well. The twins are a part of the Hampton University Track and Field Team. Jada participates in the Indoor Track 400 event and the 4x400, while Jasmyn participates in the 400 Hurdles.

    Both sets of twins are continuing to excel academically and physically. We hope to see more from the Wilsons and the Bostics, in and outside of the program. Keep up the great work ladies!

    By: CDT Raven Able

    Pirate Battalion Welcomes Double the Trouble By: CDT Manfred Patterson

    Stay Connected: HU ROTC Database

    The Pirate Battalion cadets have been very privileged this semester with many Hampton University Military Alumni returning to their Home by the Sea; not only to share their experiences, but to also answer questions the cadets had about their future career paths in and outside of the military. With these grand opportunities of meeting such affluent alumni and gaining new perspectives, it begs the question: how can Hampton Ca-dets connect and network with such influential leaders as they embark on their separate ca-reers upon graduation from Hampton University? This is an issue LTC (Ret.) Claude Vann, III and I sat down and tackled together back in October of this year. LTC (Ret.) Vann (a 1970s Pirate Battalion Hampton University Graduate) stated how there was no real system of continuity for keeping graduates in contact with their battalion after commencement, leading to complete disconnection amongst both parties.To address this issue, I sought after a resource that would provide a simple way to network and keep cadets and alumni up to date all in one place, an online database.

    My name is Manfred Patterson, Jr., a graduating Computer Information Systems (CIS) major and senior cadet in Army ROTC. As the Battalion S-2 and a CIS major, my technical experience and computing knowledge made accomplishing this task second nature and essential to my contributions to the Mighty Pirate Battalion.

    The Database is called Hampton University Pirate Battalion Alumni Database. It uses a third party service called Member Planet. To join the database you must become a member of Member Planet via their website or you can submit an email request to join the Pirate Battalion Database Network at hualumnibattalion@gmail.com. The Database can be accessed through your mobile phone on the member planet app or personal laptop. Once you have joined, your membership will include a plethora of features and services. Each member has access to member-wide database forums, personal messaging, email, battalion events calendar, battalion photo albums, Legacy Giving (donation campaigns for the HU Pirate Battalion) and much more. The primary purpose of this database is to give our young future leaders an effective resource to connect with HU military alumni, thus en-hancing their perspective and knowledge and reconnecting alumni to the battalion. Please join our Battalion Database Network. Become a part of this Mighty Legacy!

    By: CDT Raven Able123rd Annual Founders Day

    The Hampton University students celebrated their 123rd Annual Founders Day on Sunday, January 31st. From the Wreath Laying Ceremony, to speeches given in Ogden Hall, the Hamptonians were proud to be a part of such a glorious occasion and to honor the Uni-versitys history. President William R. Harvey spoke at the morning ceremony before placing a wreath around General Samuel Chapman Armstrongs memorial. In addition to placing a wreath, the Hampton University Army and Navy ROTC programs joined together to pay hom-age to this event. Both formations saluted General Armstrong for his achievements and pioneer-ing efforts to establishing this fine Institution. Cadet Cameron Wells, MS2 and Commander of the Firing Party, instructed a few Cadets to signal off a 3-Volley Salute to pay tribute to General Armstrong as a show of respect.

    Following the morning ceremony, a second part of service took place in Ogden Hall, where numerous people were acknowledged. There were many Presidential Citizenship Award Recipients, and newly inducted members to the Quarter Century Club. The Hampton University Symphonic Choir displayed two excellent selections for the day, and President Harvey gave an outstanding speech.

    Mr. Michael D. Armstrong, a former Hamptonian, was the Founders Day guest speaker. As an Executive Vice President and General Manager for International Brand Develop-ment at Viacom International Media Networks, Armstrong provided current Hamptonians with a few strong words of wisdom and key components to success; while sharing a few of his own experiences as a college student.

    Hampton Universitys Founders Day was a hugely successful and commemorating event! The legacy of General Armstrong lives on in the hearts and minds of Hamptonians of the past, present, and future!

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    Pirate Battalion: Hampton University Army ROTC Newsletter

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    Stay Connected: HU ROTC Database

    On December 8th, the Mighty Pirate Battalion participated in the VA Hospitals Annual Christmas Celebration. This was the first time our Battalion was able to participate in such a momentous event. Staff and veterans welcomed the Cadets with the holiday spirit and great appreciation and enthusiasm.

    Cadet Deja Dunn, a sophomore Pre-Med Psychology major expressed, during my visit to the VA Ho