April 17, 2012



Capt. Janel Wiese, MSU Billings ROTC, 247-5735
Dan Carter, University Relations, 657-2269


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — Three Montana State University Billings students will join the ranks of officers in the U.S. Army next week in a spring ROTC commissioning ceremony next week.


ROTC cadets Travis Light of Blue Springs, Mo., (who also attended high school in Huntley), Christopher Lindgren of Helena and Brodie Moberly of Billings will be will be commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the Army on Friday, April 27 at 1 p.m. in Banquet Rooms A&B in the Student Union Building


The commissioning will be the second held at the university after a nearly 20-year gap when ROTC was absent. The first was held last December.


In collaboration with the popular program at MSU in Bozeman and with coordination from faculty and staff at MSU Billings, nearly two dozen students are now a part of the healthy program. Cadets have physical training three mornings a week and a ROTC class once a week, but otherwise they follow MSU Billings class schedule. The university has worked with the registrar's office to offer military science courses.


Offered at more than 270 campuses across the country, ROTC is longstanding leadership training program and serves as a college elective. Throughout their college careers, the cadets delve into everything from land navigation to convoy planning to troop leading procedures and other tasks. Scholarships help pay for college and students can enroll in ROTC for two years before having to sign a military contract. Cadets who chose to join the military can go to active duty or serve in the National Guard or Reserves.


For more information on the ROTC program at MSU Billings, contact Capt. Janel Wiese at 247-5735, send an e-mail to armyrotc@msubillings.edu or stop by the office on the fifth floor of McMullen Hall.