Cadet Thomas Bratcher ’17

Thomas Bratcher photobFrom the Commandant, Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez, Jr. '79

It is with extreme sadness that I confirm the death of Cadet Thomas Bratcher ’17, a member of the Corps of Cadets, as a result of a traffic accident Thursday evening. Thomas was from Spring, Texas and had just finished his freshman year as a member of Squadron 2 (Gator-2). Thomas was also a member of the Corps Basketball Team.

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2014 State of the Corps

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The 2013 – 2014 school year was a very successful year for the Corps of Cadets. Starting this year, the Office of the Commandant will publish an end-of-school year “State of the Corps” message to send out to all former students, parents, administrators, and friends of the Corps. The intent of this message is to provide a concise overview of the Corps of Cadets highlights and accomplishments from the previous school year.

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2014 March to the Brazos

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For nearly four decades, the Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets has marched to aid children and families in the Brazos Valley.

On Saturday, April 26, with a 7 a.m. step-off, the Corps will hit the road once more for their 38th Annual March to the Brazos in support of the March of Dimes efforts to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

March to the Brazos—organized and comprised completely of members of the Corps of Cadets—will be an 18-mile trek from the university campus to the Brazos River and back, culminating months of fundraising by the Aggie cadets.

The cadets will march from their dorms in the Quad through main campus and West campus to Texas A&M's Animal Science Teaching, Research & Extension Complex near the east bank of the Brazos River.

After the first leg of the march, cadets will participate in various competitions, eat a barbeque lunch – generously provided by the Corps of Cadets Association (CCA) – and transfer ranks for the upcoming school year. Over 2,300 cadets will participate in this year’s road march.

March to the Brazos is the largest and most successful student-led fundraiser for the March of Dimes in the United States, raising over $2.8 million between 1977 and 2013.

To donate to the Corps of Cadets team, go to http://bit.ly/1fYnPg4.

C.A.D.E.T. Organization to Host Panel Discussion

CADET organization logoThe Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets Cultural Awareness & Diversity Expansion Team (C.A.D.E.T.) will host a panel discussion, ’50 Years of Inclusion: A Cultural Transfusion,’ at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the event is open to the public.

The event, to be held in the MSC Bethancourt Ballrooms, 2300 D&E, ties into the university’s ‘Celebrating 50 Years of Inclusion at Texas A&M University’ – marking the landmark decision to open the doors to minorities and women.

The discussion will acknowledge the progress and impact that inclusion has had on the Texas A&M campus and culture while highlighting the achievements of minority and female Aggie graduates for both Texas A&M and the Corps of Cadets while paying tribute to those who made this inclusion possible.

The panel will include Malcolm Hall ’62 – the 16th Student Body President who wrote the referendum that allowed supported minority and female attendance at Texas A&M; State Representative Gene Wu ’00; Elaine Mendoza ’87, Texas A&M University Regent; Bill Jones ’81, former Texas A&M University Regent; Colonel Pauletta Blueitt ’81 (USAF Ret), former member of the Corps of Cadets; and current cadet Keltin Jordan ’14 – Corps Global Initiatives & Diversity Officer, and Program Moderator for the evening.

Each panelist will share their perspective on how inclusion has changed and affected the university, while creating a culture conducive to the University’s Vision 2020, along with the importance of diversity in the state, nation and globally.

The discussion will include a question and answer segment. Refreshments and a meet and greet session will take place upon the conclusion of the program.

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Corps Review on Nov. 2 Cancelled

Due to the large amount of rain that fell in College Station the last couple of days, and the very soggy condition of Simpson Drill Field, we are going to have to cancel the Corps Review in support of veterans planned for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2. We apologize that we will not be able to conduct the Corps Review tomorrow, but hope that all our veterans will still attend the game tomorrow and enjoy Military Appreciation Day activities during the game as the Aggies Beat the Hell Outta UTEP! Thanks for your understanding, and God Bless our Veterans!

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