Army ROTC Northwoods Battalion commissions four cadets

December 19, 2013

UW-Stout, UW-Eau Claire and UW-River Falls comprise the Northwoods Battalion in northern Wisconsin. ROTC stands for Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. 

The hometowns, universities, majors and units of the commissioned cadets are:

•  Charles Beaton, of Montrose, Minn., UW-Stout, psychology, military science and leadership, Infantry
•  Joshua Peterson, of Cedar Grove, UW-Stout, engineering technology, military science and leadership, Corps of Engineers
•  Melande Krupa, of River Falls, UW-River Falls, business administration, military science and leadership, Transportation Corps
•  Christopher Post, of White Bear Lake, Minn., UW-River Falls, finance, military science and leadership, Infantry

Commissioning ceremonies include a commitment to support and defend the U.S. Constitution. A cadet is granted authority to carry out the duties as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. The authority to grant a commission rests with Congress.

During the ceremony, each cadet takes the Oath of Office, similar to the president of the United States at inauguration. The cadet chooses an officer or retired officer to administer the oath. Family members, or others close to the individual being commissioned, pin the cadet with gold bars. The ceremony culminates with the newly commissioned officer being saluted by a noncommissioned officer of his or her choice. 

Brig. Gen. Mark Michie, Wisconsin Army National Guard, was guest speaker.

Each year the battalion trains approximately 140 cadets across all academic levels and produces an average of 16 lieutenants. Winter, spring and summer commissioning ceremonies are held. Students enroll in leadership courses as electives in pursuit of a degree of their choice. 

Northwoods Battalion history

In 2005 an ROTC partnership program was established at UW-Stout with 11 students. A program already existed at UW-Stevens Point.

Students from UW-Eau Claire and UW-River Falls took ROTC courses through UW-Stout.
In 2007 a partnership program was established at UW-River Falls. 

In 2009 ROTC became part of UW-Eau Claire, and in 2010 a satellite agreement was signed.

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