Feb 11, 2022
For over a decade, Florida Southern College’s Army ROTC program has raised funds for a scholarship in the name of a fallen solider and alumnus. In 2019, that came to a halt when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
Now, three years since their last event, the Moccasin Battalion is excited to host a bowling tournament to raise awareness and donations in honor of U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Charles R. Rubado.
The Charles R. Rubado Bowling Tournament takes place Feb. 17 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Orange Bowl Lanes, 4318 U.S. Highway 98 N. in Lakeland.
Charles Rubado ’04, who was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, graduated from Florida Southern with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology.
He was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and was commissioned as an Armor officer in the United States Army through FSC’s ROTC program.
Charles deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. On August 29, 2005, a little more than a year after his graduation, Charles was killed in action while on a patrol with his platoon in Tal Afar, Iraq.
Even though she never knew Charles, Battalion Commander Adilen Reyes is honored to celebrate his legacy.
Adilen, who graduates in May 2022 with a degree in Biology, will become a Second Lieutenant, like Charles, once she commissions and goes into active duty in the Army.
Remembering Charles and his sacrifice feels personal to Adilen and other seniors in the program, because in a year they will be in the same shoes he was.
Adilen, along with five other seniors from the ROTC program, are going active duty in the Army once they graduate. Four of them will be in the combat arms branch, which is similar to what Charles did.
“As a freshman I didn’t know much about it, but now it means so much more,” she said. “We want to show underclassmen now what the tournament and memorial means and how it affects us.”
Members of FSC’s ROTC program want to make Charles and his family proud by paying respect to his sacrifice and giving a scholarship in his name.
Charles followed his father, retired 1st Sgt. Charles Rubado into the Army, and Adilen said talking to him about his son’s legacy was a rewarding experience.
Proceeds from the bowling tournament and raffle will go toward the Charles R. Rubado Scholarship, which his father will present to a freshman member of the ROTC program later in the spring.
“To see his appreciation and gratitude has been very touching to me,” she said. “It is an honor to memorialize 2nd Lt. Rubado.”
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