3:51 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

ROTC cadets selected to CULP

Morehead State University’s ROTC program had eight sophomore Cadets compete and selected for summer deployments in support of the U.S. Army Cadet Command Cultural Understand and Language Proficiency Program (CULP). The Cadets selected will be deployed to and support either Humanitarian Operations or Cadet English Language Training Team (CELTT) missions. 

MSU Cadets selected were: 

Frances Ackerman of Olive Hill, who will be deployed to Burkina Faso (Africa); 

Zachary Blevins of Washington Courthouse, Ohio, who will be deployed to Tanzania (Africa); 

Johnathan Caudill of Owenton, who will be deployed to Tanzania (Africa); 

Travis Erwin of Olive Hill, who will be deployed to Thailand; 

Lauren Harker of Waldron, Ind., who will be deployed to Dominica; 

Durinda Logan of Barbourville, who will be deployed to the Czech Republic; 

Ashley McClaskey of Olive Hill, who will be deployed to Thailand; 

Eric Napier of Williamstown, who will be deployed to Paraguay. 

“A Cadet’s participation in a CULP deployment provides them the opportunity to experience another culture and develop cultural awareness skills, knowledge, and abilities that will enhance their overall leadership capabilities while serving as a commissioned officer upon graduation. This will be a once in a lifetime experience for each one of the Cadets,” said Lt. Col. Robert A. Mason, professor and chair of the Department of Military Science. 

Last year, 1,200 cadets traveled across the world with Cadet Command's CULP program. 

MSU’s Eagle Battalion was activated Jan. 1, 1968, during the height of the Vietnam War when other colleges and universities were discussing closing their military programs. The University’s program has continually grown during the past nearly five decades with more than 650 officers being commissioned. 

The quality of MSU’s program is nationally known with a number of cadets highly ranked according to the “National Order of Merit” list. For example, in 2006-07, MSU Cadet Shannon Niki Martin was ranked third out of 3,806 cadets from 272 universities across the nation. In 2010-11, MSU Cadet Commander Wesley Tudor was ranked number one out of 5,342 cadets from 272 universities across the nation. 

Additional information is available by contacting Lt. Col. Mason at 606-783-5259 or 783-2050.