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ROTC cadet receives national scholarship

May 1, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University U.S. Army ROTC Cadet Raymond Johnson was recently honored as one of only four individuals nationwide to receive a $2,000 scholarship for future leaders and take part in an intense internship with a senior military commander.

Johnson, a junior from Battle Creek, Mich., who is majoring in computer science, was selected by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association to receive the scholarship and participate in the Future Heroes Program. That program provides exceptional ROTC cadets practical, real-world leadership experience through an intensive summer internship with senior military leaders.

Johnson was nominated for the award by Lieutenant Colonel John Cyrulik, chair of WMU's Department of Military Science, and selected by a board of senior active duty officers and retired general officer advisors. He is receiving an all expense-paid internship at the United States Army Signal Center at Fort Gordon, Ga. His sponsor for the internship is Brigadier General Jeffrey W. Foley, commander of the U.S. Army Signal Center.

Future Hero Program awardees are assigned to major military commands where they shadow senior military leaders as well as closely interact with other commanders and enlisted leaders. Students participate in the day-to-day routines of the senior leaders they are shadowing, including attending high-level meetings and planning sessions. They also have the unique opportunity to engage in practical experiences alongside officers and enlisted persons at various levels meeting the daily rigors of command.

Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association

AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry and academia as an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, IT, intelligence and global security.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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