Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez, Jr.,`79, Commandant of the Corps of Cadets, said such recognition of Cadet Brookins is well deserved, describing the winning of the trophy as “a very prestigious honor for a future Marine officer.”
Capt. Andrew Hotsko, the Marine Corps Officer Selection Officer for the region that includes College Station and whose duties include working with students participating in the PLC program, offered a sterling assessment of Brookins.
“Cadet Brookins is humble, persistent, and a natural leader. He is one of the most professional cadets I have worked with and will undoubtedly excel as an Officer in the Marine Corps.” Capt. Hotsko also said, “I am confident he will continue to set the example and do a remarkable job leading the Marines he works with.”
Brigadier General Ramirez noted that Brookins is the second Texas A&M cadet in the past four years to win the Commandant’s Trophy – a true testament to the caliber of the cadets currently in the Corps at Texas A&M – something of which we are all very proud!