Samantha Vargas ’14, daughter of Victoria and Richard Vargas, is a Political Science major from Splendora, Texas. She is also taking masters courses at the Bush School of Government and Public Service for a Masters in Public Service and Administration with a concentration in Homeland Security. Samantha serves as the Corps Scholastics Officer on Corps Staff for the 2013 – 2014 school year.

Active within the Corps, Samantha works directly with all nine Major Unit Scholastic Officers in order to disseminate information on scholastic policies. She also works as a liaison between the cadets, the Corps Academic Advisors, and the Corps Academic department. Samantha is a member of the O.R. Simpson Honor Society, and was originally in Squadron 2 where she served as Scholastics Corporal, Signal Corporal, and IG Corporal her sophomore year.

As a member of Air Force ROTC Detachment 805, Samantha is currently serving as the Tango Flight Commander. She is in charge of a flight of 10 freshmen cadets, ensuring their wellbeing on both personal and academic issues, as well as their understanding of proper Air Force drills, ceremonies, and objectives. Her previous positions in the detachment included Squadron Commander, Events Coordinator, and Hotel Flight Commander. While serving as Events Coordinator, she took the lead in planning and organizing the inaugural detachment Dining Out for over 130 distinguished visitors, cadets, and guests.

Samantha will graduate in May 2014 and commission into the United States Air Force as a Personnel Officer. She will immediately fulfill an internship in the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) field office at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, over the summer. Samantha will continue taking masters courses at the Bush School before she embarks on her military career.

Samantha is a superb student and cadet who has done an excellent job in her position as Corps Scholastics Officer on Corps Staff this year. She dedicates herself to academic success not only for herself, but for her fellow cadets as well. She exemplifies the concept of “servant leadership,” and has made a big difference for our cadets and for our Corps. She has truly developed into a “well educated leader of character,” and I have no doubt she will succeed in her post-graduate education as well as in her career as an officer in the United States Air Force.