John Ross Palacios ’14 is a Political Science major with a minor in Sports Management from Pharr, Texas, and is the son of Frances and Joe Palacios. John serves as the Commanding Officer for Squadron 1 for the 2013 – 2014 school year.

Active within the Corps, John served as the Squadron 1 Community Service Coordinator his junior year, supervising the performance of just over 3,000 combined total hours by the outfit. He was the founder of the inaugural Blankets for Brazos service project in 2012, a week-long donation drive of blankets, sweaters and monetary donations collected to help citizens of the Bryan-College Station area during the winter months.

Outside the Corps, John is a student assistant for the Texas A&M System Board of Regents and a Package Deliverer/Handler for UPS. He is a member of the Texas A&M Chapter of the International Justice Mission, an organization which raises awareness and money to fight injustices in the world throughout the campus, local churches and community. John also serves as an infantryman in the Texas Army National Guard where he is a member of his Battalion’s Scout Platoon.

After graduation in May 2014, John plans to pursue a Masters Degree in Digital Forensics from Sam Houston State University while preparing for a career in the investigative field of law enforcement. His career goal is to achieve a position in the U.S. ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Homeland Security Investigations as a criminal investigator assisting in their mission to solve and deter human trafficking and child exploitation.

John is a remarkable young man and an exceptional leader. His involvement in varied organizations and causes is not only admirable, but highly effective. He is a true leader whose initiative drives him to success in his academics and in his duties as Commander of Squadron 1. John has proven during his time in the Corps of Cadets that he is a leader of character who sets the example in all that he does. I’m very proud of John and know that he will go on to great success in the future as a Criminal Investigator.