In late August, Texas was hit by Hurricane Harvey. It was devastating for the Texas coastline, all the way from Kingsville to Houston. 27 current members of the Corps of Cadets deployed with the Texas Army National Guard in support of Hurricane Harvey relief operations. Many cadets responded to communities in need and continued the tradition of selfless service to our communities, our state, and our nation that Aggies have been known for, for over 140 years. We are so proud of all the cadets who helped in relief and rebuilding efforts and who selflessly served during that time. The courage and strength these cadets have shown in this time of need just highlight what it means to be a Fightin’ Texas Aggie!
Members of the Corps of Cadets and the 4 Australian Defense Force Academy (ADFA) cadets studying at A&M during the spring semester participated in the second annual Australia-New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day Ceremony in Houston on April 25th. This day commemorates the anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces in Gallipoli during World War I, and celebrates the courage, determination, and sacrifice of those who served, fought, and gave their lives during that tough time in our world’s history. It was a poignant ceremony, which included members of the Corps, as well as Parsons Mounted Cavalry and the Aggie Band. The Australian Counsel General was quick to point out how sharp our cadets looked and performed, and how much he and his countrymen appreciated the support of the Corps of Cadets on such an important day for Australia and New Zealand.
During the spring semester, ten distinguished former cadets were inducted into the Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor in front of a large crowd of former inductees, family members, friends, and current cadets in College Station. It was an enjoyable evening honoring some exceptional leaders who exemplify our Corps values of Honesty, Integrity, Courage, Discipline, and Selfless Service in all that they do, and who learned those lessons as members of the Corps of Cadets. Thanks to the Corps of Cadets Association (CCA) for sponsoring this event and doing a magnificent job in every aspect. Congratulations again to our newest inductees into the Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor! Great examples for our cadets to emulate in the future! A short biography and video that showcases each of this year’s inductees are posted on the Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor web page.
Congratulations to cadet Luke Thomas from Company F-1 who was selected for the 2018-2019 Kupfer Scholarship. Scholarships like these help cadets continue to achieve their goals here at Texas A&M. This scholarship would not be possible without the outstanding support of former students Gerald Ray ’54 and Donald Zale ’55, who endowed the Kupfer Scholarship in honor of their friend, Harold Kupfer ’54.
Seven cadets were awarded the Buck Weirus Spirit Award during a Family Weekend ceremony in April. The Buck Weirus Spirit Award honors up to 55 students each year who demonstrate high INVOLVEMENT, create positive EXPERIENCES throughout the Aggie community, IMPACT student life at Texas A&M and enhance the Aggie SPIRIT. Unlike other awards, the Buck Weirus Spirit Award recognizes those students who make contributions to the university through participation in student organizations, Aggie traditions, and university events. Congratulations to Ken Belden ’18, Connor Book ’18, Cooper Cox ’18, Jay Fitzgerald ’18, Jeremiah Lopez ’18, Joshua Ratta ’18 and Sara Wojcak ’18.
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