May 13, 2004

Contact: John Clark, KU Army ROTC, (785) 864-1109.

KU Army ROTC program to hold awards ceremony May 13

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps program will conduct an awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. May 13 on the second floor of the Military Science Building at KU.

During this event cadets will be recognized for outstanding achievements during the spring semester. In addition to Jayhawk Battalion awards, representatives of several organizations, including the Association of the United States Army and the Daughters of the American Revolution, will present awards to cadets.

In addition, a retirement ceremony for Maj. Jeffrey Brown will start at about 3:30 p.m. Brown is retiring from the Army after 20 years of service to the nation and six years with the KU Army ROTC program. Brown recently returned from a six-month deployment to Iraq, where he worked for the Coalition Provisional Authority.

"This event pays tribute not only to the outstanding cadets of the Jayhawk Battalion but also to Maj. Brown, who has dedicated his adult life to service of this nation," said Lt. Col. Brian De Toy, KU adjunct professor of military science. "We are honored to have this opportunity to acknowledge the accomplishments of all those connected with KU Army ROTC."

Army ROTC is a leadership development program taken by college students as an elective course. Upon graduation and successful completion of ROTC, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, the Army Reserve or the Army National Guard. Approximately 70 cadets are enrolled in the KU Army ROTC program and are members of the Jayhawk Battalion.

The Military Science Building is at 1520 Summerfield Hall Drive. Parking is available at the Allen Fieldhouse Parking Garage, at the corner of Naismith Drive and Sunnyside Avenue.

For more information, please contact De Toy at (785) 864-1105.

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