Nearly 240 cadets, cadre, alumni and friends of the Royal Warrior Battalion gathered at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in downtown Scranton on Feb. 16 as the Military Science Department hosted its annual Military Ball. The Military Ball is an opportunity to celebrate the history and traditions of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps at The University of Scranton. Among Saturday's highlights were a traditional Military Grog Bowl ceremony, presentation of several awards, dinner and comments from guest speaker Colonel Brian McCullough, currently a student at the Navy War College and Army Strategic Planner.
Among the special guests attending the Military Ball this year were Major General (retired) K. Fredrick Mauger; Colonel Gerhard Schroter, commander of the Tobyhanna Army Depot; Colonel Morris Turner, currently of the Army War College; Colonel (retired) Mark Volk, president of Lackawanna College; SGM Juan Rocha, Garrison Sergeant Major of the Tobyhanna Army Depot; Mark Carmody, University of Scranton ROTC advisory committee; Ken Kraetzer, Sons of the American Legion and host of the West Point Football Radio Report; James Mangino, president of the Tobyhanna chapter of the Association of the United States Army; and Lauren Williams, director of military and veteran services at Marywood University.
Colonel McCullough, the event's guest speaker, is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and has held a number of command and staff billets both in the United States and overseas during the course of his career. During his career, he has commanded Battery A, 1st Battalion, 8th Field Artillery and Battery F, 7th Field Artillery both of 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks Hawaii. Among his operational deployments are Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Colonel McCullough holds a Master's of Business Administration from Saint Martin’s University, is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and currently is pursuing a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Navy War College in Newport, R.I.
At the competition of the dinner and traditional Grog Bowl ceremony, Colonel McCullough addressed the audience speaking to a wide range of topics. He shared with the cadets his experiences as a young officer in Germany and how they should be prepared to listen and learn from their non-commissioned officers, as well as ensure they learn their profession. In addition, he also spoke about being prepared to face the emerging threats and challenges our nation may face, including cyber-warfare and attacks, economic uncertainty and territorial disputes around the Pacific Rim. Finally, he closed by sharing with the crowd the leadership ideals and principals of South African leader Nelson Mandela.
Following Colonel McCullough’s remarks, he was presented a set of Royal Warrior Battalion Colors by the unit’s Cadet Command Sergeant Major Sean Cogan, a senior at The University of Scranton, on behalf of the cadets and cadre. Following this presentation, Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Remley, professor of military science, and Master Sergeant Roland Cuellar, senior military instructor, made several special presentations. First, they presented Colonel McCullough with a Royal Warrior Battalion Belt Buckle. They also presented Battalion Belt Buckles to Military Science Level IV Cadet Margaret Troxell of King’s College, the unit’s 2013 George C. Marshall Award winner, as well as Mangino for his outstanding support of the Royal Warrior Battalion over the past two years.
The highlight of the evening's award presentations was the awarding of the Commander’s Award For Public Service to Williams for her work and support of cadets and veterans at Marywood University, as well as her efforts to plan and host several Veterans Day events on the Marywood campus.
The planning and coordination for Military Ball began back in August and, while many had a role in the event’s success, Cadet Action Officers and Military Science Level IV Cadets Amanda Hane and Sydney Carmody are to be commended for their outstanding efforts.
Distinguished Guest Colonel Reese Turner of the U.S. Army War College talks with MS IV Cadet Jennifer Bullis (left) and her sister MS III Cadet Maureen Bullis during the ball. Both sisters attend The University of Scranton.
Members of the Commissioning Class of 2013 pose for a photograph with guest speaker Colonel Brian McCullough and Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Remley, professor of military science.
Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Remley (left) and Master Sergeant Roland Cuellar (right) present Lauren Williams of Marywood University with the Commander’s Award For Public Service. Williams is the director of the office of military and veteran services at Marywood. She is also a graduate of The University of Scranton.