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Rozycki is top senior ROTC cadet at WMU

May 15, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- A senior ROTC cadet recently received the George C. Marshall Award from Western Michigan University.

Joseph P. Rozycki is the 2003 recipient of the national leadership award, which honors the top cadet at each Army ROTC battalion in the nation. Criteria include professional excellence, leadership, personal integrity and selfless service to the nation. The award is named for Army General George C. Marshall, former U.S. Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense and the only career soldier ever awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. To receive the award earlier this month, Rozycki visited the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va., where he participated in a National Security Seminar conducted by senior U.S. government officials.

"We are very proud of Joe Rozycki and all that he has accomplished as a student and cadet here at WMU," says Lt. Col. Robert Nipp, chairperson of WMU's Department of Military Science. "In just a few months when he receives his commission as an officer, Joe will be one of the best of the new generation of leaders in the United States Army. He will represent this University very well."

Rozycki, the son of James and Michelle Rozycki of Fremont, Mich., is a senior majoring in aviation flight science. He is expected to graduate and be commissioned into the U.S. Army in August 2003, when he will be assigned to the Army's Aviation School to receiving helicopter flight training.

Part of the Haworth College of Business, WMU's Military Science Program is a leadership training curriculum through which qualified students can earn a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve or National Guard upon graduation. An elective academic minor, the program stresses leadership and military skills training that prepares students for officership, graduate school and corporate life. ROTC programs train 70 percent of the officers in today's Army.

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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