Army Cadets Recognized for Their Recruiting and Academic Achievements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Arctic Warriors held an academic and recruiting awards ceremony yesterday, 29 January 2015, to recognize the academic excellence and recruiting efforts of the Army Cadets.

A total of eighteen Cadets had sacrificed their own time participating in three or more recruiting events for the battalion. One Cadet was awarded the prestigious “Battalion Commanders Recruiting Award” for promoting the battalion and bringing an additional Cadet to the formation.

The majority of the Arctic Battalion, thirty Cadets, excelled academically during the fall semester, being either Scholars, Honors, or on the Dean’s List. Almost a quarter of the battalion attained a grade point average of 3.5 ,or better, placing them on the Dean’s List.

Battalion Commanders Recruiting Award

● Van Wert

Cadet Recruiting

● Bigalke
● Braun
● Coon
● Cory
● Erkkila
● Grossmann
● Jones
● Price
● Rouse
● Schaefer (MS3)
● Shuler
● Stetter
● St. Arnaud (MS4)
● Van Duzer
● Weeks
● Wilkins
● Winkler
Deans List

These cadets were presented with the Deans List award for achieving a semester GPA
between 3.5 and 4.0 for fall 2014.

● Bigalke
● Garner
● Grifka
● Grossmann
● Kinder
● Kostick
● McLaughlin
● Rouse
● Stetter
● Van Duzer
● Van Wert
● Youngblood
Cadet Honors

These cadets were presented with the Cadet Honors award for achieving a semester GPA
between 3.2 and 3.49 for fall 2014.

● Abbott
● Cory
● Jones
● Lackey
● Pscheid
● Schaefer (MS3)
● Spicuzza
● Standing
● St. Arnaud (MS4)
● Wilkins
Cadet Scholar

These cadets were presented with the Cadet Scholar award for achieving a semester GPA
between 2.9 and 3.19 for fall 2014.

● Carey
● Coon
● Doering
● Flaim
● Forbush
● Shuler
● Simmering
● Weeks

 

 

 


Comeback Kinder: It’s a Clean Sweep

The Arctic Warriors took to the ice once again, this time under the dark skies and the bright lights. They found themselves, in the frigid air, down two points and no goals to call their own. They had little hope of controlling the damage, with wave after wave of offensive onslaughts. However, they did not let these setbacks trouble their spirits.

Up for a challenge, the offense of “The Big Three,” Cadets Bigalke, St. Arnaud, and Van Wert, rallied to even the odds with two goals. Just as the Warriors seemed to be back in the game, another ball found its way past rookie goalie, Cadet Pscheid. Although, that was the last time that ball would ever see the interior of the Warrior’s goal, as Pscheid employed all parts of his body, including his head, to block oncoming shots.

The defense saw a lift, as well, as Captain Jennings made his debut on the ice. He shut down the opponent’s ability to gain control in the Warrior’s zone with aggressive play and soaring leaps. The Big Three stepped up again with a barrage of shots and a surgical placement by Bigalke to tie it up. For several minutes, both teams fought hard, but the Arctic Warriors broke through on the shoulders of Van Wert to take the lead in the final minute. From there it was a matter of the final countdown…a final countdown to victory.

Team work
Team work
Great Job!
Great Job!
Big Lake shoots!
Big Lake shoots!
Radical
Radical
On the attack
On the attack
It's slippery out there
It’s slippery out there
Goal # 1
Goal # 1

 


New Brooms Sweep Clean: The Arctic Warriors Win Game Number Two

Sloppy Joes were on the menu at the broomball rinks today. If you’re like me, you love the combination of ground carcass and tomato paste, but this sloppy meat mess was less appetizing than your normal lunch special. In their second game of the season, the Warriors sloppily broomed along. Despite their lackluster presence, they were able to pull off a win. At first, the game seemed like it would be a blow out after Cadet Corey scored in the first minute with an assist by Cadet Pscheid. The offense, led by Cadet St. Arnaud, applied pressure, but forwards Bigalke and Van Wert were unable to capitalize on numerous opportunities. Cadet St. Arnaud was only able to put one shot away late in the second half, assisted by stud forward Cadet Bigalke. Master Sergeant Farmer found his feet this game and played solid defense with no penalties or big hits. Cadet Wilkins played stout defense which helped returning goalie Cadet Stetter survive serious barrages from the opposition. Once again, the Artic Warriors found themselves in the penalty box with enforcer Cadet Abbott throwing his broom. The Artic Warriors look to rest up and shore up their play before they play their next game this Saturday at 1600 on the Gold Rink.
Game Stats: Goals: Corey-1, St. Arnaud-1
Assists: Pscheid-1, Bigalke-1
Saves: Stetter-16/17
Penalty Minutes: Abbott-2(throwing stick)
Next Game: Saturday 24 Janurary 2015 Gold Rink, live streaming available on MTU broomball website

The Arctic Warriors Sweep Away The Competition!

After a long off-season the Artic Warriors were ready for the broomball season to finally begin. The team faced some terrible news earlier in the week. They found out that starting goalie Cadet Stetter would not be around and their highly recruited forward Captain Jennings was out due to injury. However, the Artic Warriors were able to miraculously overcome adversity and won the lopsided match, with a final score of  7-0. Cadet Bigalke led off the season with a quick goal in the first minute which reminded everyone why he is a strong candidate to win MVP this season. The Artic Warriors were able to keep the ball deep in opponent territory for almost the entire game. The defense, led by returning veterans Cadets Cory and Wilkins made sure that every shot on goal was an easy save for first time goalie Cadet Pscheid. First year player Cadet Van Wert showed his mettle with a solid performance, scoring two goals and applying offensive pressure. Team captain Cadet St. Arnaud was around the ball the entire game and will be appearing in every goalies nightmares with his tantalizing moves and wicked stick handling. Even the enforcer Cadet Abbott, joined in the fun with two goals of his own. However, the Artic Warriors were not spotless. Master Sergeant Farmer was sent to the penalty box for a tripping penalty on a female that was no more than five foot tall. The small girl did not let the tripping phase her and ended up laying out Master Sergeant Farmer and left him gasping for breath, as he laid on the ice.
Game stats:
Goals scored by: Abbott-2, Van Wert-2, St. Arnaud-2, Bigalke-1
Saves: Pscheid-15/15,
Penalty Miniutes: Master Sergeant Farmer-2(tripping)
Hits: Master Sergeant laid out by small girl
Next Game: Monday, 19 January 2015, start time 1220, Gold Rink, Live Coverage provided by Michigan Technological University
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Photo Credits: Captain Jennings

Army Cadets at CrossFit Hakkapeliitta

Physical fitness is a very important part of being a leader in today’s Army. As future Army officers and leaders, the Michigan Tech Cadets take this very seriously. Every Wednesday morning, our Cadets push themselves through intense CrossFit workouts at CrossFit Hakkapeliitta. Even though all of the cadets have been working out three days a week and are in excellent shape, everyone returns from Cross Fit Physical Training sore. This past week’s work out of the day was called “Hammer,” in memory of Army First Sergeant Michael “Hammer” Bordelon.

Deadlifts
Deadlifts
Hammer WoD
Hammer WoD
Bench press
Bench press

Army ROTC’s “Goats” Win Season Opener

After a long weekend at the Leadership Training Exercise, the Army ROTC Cadets put on their cleats and headed to Sherman Field for the Flag Football season opener. The Army team, the “Goats,” started the game a man short and finished the first half down a touchdown. They started the second half with a full team and tied the game early. With less than a minute in the game, Cadet Pscheid threw a touchdown pass for the win.


What Did You Do Last Weekend?

Maybe you played Xbox on Saturday, maybe not. At some point you probably hung out in the quad and played some disc golf. Let me guess, Sunday morning you slept in and went to brunch in your pajamas and finished your lab assignment that was due Monday.

If you were a member of the Arctic Battalion, the Army ROTC program here at Michigan Tech, your weekend would look a little different. The Army Cadets had a weekend packed full of training, fun and camaraderie.

It started Friday evening, with some orienteering classes and a walk through the Tech Trail’s forest. On Saturday, the Cadets were up at 4:00 am, getting ready to move back to the Tech Trails to do some orienteering in the dark. At 5:15 am, they were given the coordinates of six locations in the woods of the Tech Trails and ventured off to find the locations with little more than a map, compass and protractor. Later on, in the day light, the Cadets teamed up and tackled the Field Leadership Reaction Course. A different Cadet was put in charge of the group for each mission. They moved from obstacle to obstacle putting in to practice their orienteering skills. Most importantly, they learned how to work as a team, being both leaders and followers. That night the new Cadets were given marksmanship classes by the more experienced Cadets where they learned how their posture and breathing effect how well they would do at the range. On Sunday, they all went to the firing range where they used what they learned the night before to, hopefully, qualify on their weapon. They topped off the weekend with a catered meal which gave them the chance to relax and socialize before heading back into another week of classes at MTU.

If you’re interested in joining us for our next training, call Mr. Fox at 906-487-3446.


Michigan Tech ROTC reflects on 9/11

September 11, 2001 seems so long ago and at the same time feels like yesterday as our country still faces the effects of the tragic day.

Across the country, ceremonies were held to honor and remember those fallen on September 11, and Michigan Tech’s ROTC cadets took time Thursday morning to reflect on their service.  

“I wanted to protect my country and stop that from ever happening again, if that was in my power to assist in the effort to protect our country,” said Air Force ROTC Cadet Major Alexa Trafelet.   

“I think it keeps you focused. It reminds you of why you go out there and serve; it’s to make sure that civilians and innocent people don’t die, and we’re here to protect them,” added Army ROTC Cadet Matthew Pscheid.

Read more at The Houghton Bureau, by Sarah Blakely. This article was posted on September 11, 2014.

Moment of silence
Moment of silence

Orientation Week BBQ a Big Hit!

The Army ROTC program welcomed the new freshman class to our annual orientation BBQ. All were welcome to enjoy some good tunes, games, fresh food off the grill and of course the camaraderie of the cadets of the 1st Arctic Battalion.

This year’s event was much larger than those of the most recent years and we look forward to an even better one next year. The success of the BBQ was all thanks to the cadet leadership, especially Cadet Van Duzer and Cadet Wilkins, who were charged with the logistical support and external coordination to make the event happen. The event was completely planned and executed by the cadets as a way to welcome, not only the freshman that joined the program, but the entire Michigan Tech student body.

For those of you that were able to attend, we hope you had a great time and had a chance to mingle with your fellow freshman and meet some of the future leaders of the US Army.