Baylor ROTC Named Top Program In The Southwest

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Former presidential pilot Brig. Gen. (ret.) James U. Cross told ROTC cadets about the many international flights he made with President Lyndon B. Johnson.
July 15, 2003

Baylor University's Air Force ROTC program has been selected as the top ROTC program in the Southwest region and will compete against three other regional winners for the Right of Line award which goes to the nation's top ROTC program.

The national award will be presented in October at the National Commander's Conference. In the regional competition, Baylor's program was selected over 36 ROTC programs with 150 or more cadets such as Texas A&M University, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Southern California.

"From day one, we set a vision of being the best and we never let up," said Lt. Col. Jeff Bowles, commander of the Baylor AFROTC. "When you add our high-quality students and a most supportive university to that vision, we have a winning combination. We are both honored and humbled by the recognition."

Judges looked at seven different criteria during the competition, including production, education, recruiting and retention, university and public relations, cadet activities, Arnold Air Society activities and other notable achievements. Bowles said much of the program's success can be traced to recruiting and retaining cadets. He noted that Capt. Ken Tebbe, who is in charge of recruitment and retention, was named national unit admissions officer of the year.

Formed in 1948, one year after the creation of the Air Force as a separate military branch, Baylor's program is one of the nation's oldest Air Force ROTC units. During the spring 2003 semester, 165 students participated in ROTC.

For more information about the award, contact Bowles at 710-3513.

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