An Update from the Mocs ROTC Battalion

Jul 14, 2014

by By Lt. Col. Scott LaRonde, U.S. Army, Professor of Military
Greetings from the Moccasin Battalion! Florida Southern College has a rich history with its Army ROTC program, and the Moccasin Battalion continues to provide outstanding leaders for the United States Army, Army Reserve, and Florida Army National Guard. Our May 2013 graduating class was no exception, doubling the national average of Distinguished Military Graduates.

Our current group of seniors performed very well at last summer’s Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), as they were ranked second highest among ROTC programs at private colleges in the Southeastern United States.

We are proud that two of our cadets who will graduate in April were named Distinguished Military Graduates, a distinction awarded to the top twenty percent of graduating Army ROTC seniors nationwide. Cadet Lt. Col. James Flores, our battalion commander, will be assigned to Army military intelligence upon graduation, and Cadet Stephanie Thacker will go to flight school on her way to becoming an aviation officer.

Cadet Lt. Col. Flores fought with the 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan prior to coming to FSC on the Army’s Green to Gold program. James and his team are working diligently to uphold the great reputation of our ROTC program. They are training this year’s junior class for their LDAC experience as LDAC moves from Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash., to Fort Knox, Ky.

In addition, Cadet Captain and FSC senior Jake Benoit worked diligently to prepare this year’s Ranger Challenge Team to compete in the 6th Army ROTC Brigade Competition at Camp Blanding, Fla. Last year’s team finished eighth out of 38 teams, and we are hoping to build on that team’s success. The winner of this year’s competition will travel to West Point to compete against other teams from across the United States, the United Kingdom, and other countries.

The cadets hosted several events this year, including the Tough Turkey 5K run around Lake Hollingsworth in November and the Charles Rubado ’04 Memorial Golf Scramble in March.

We are excited that the FSC administration recently made a commitment to the growth of the Army ROTC program from 45 to 100 cadets over the next five years. Now is an exciting time to be a part of both the Moccasin Battalion and Florida Southern College, and we are looking forward to the continued growth and success of the program.