Julie Coggshall, Top Army ROTC Cadet at RIT, Wins George C. Marshall Award

Cadet joins senior military leaders at annual national security seminar

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Army ROTC Cadet Julie Coggshall

Army ROTC Cadet Julie Coggshall earned the opportunity to participate in the George C. Marshall ROTC Seminar by being selected as the top Army ROTC Cadet at Rochester Institute of Technology. Coggshall joins other top ROTC cadets from the 273 ROTC units from across the country, and senior U.S. military leaders at the George C. Marshall ROTC National Security Seminar April 15-17 in Lexington, Va.

“I am ecstatic to have been chosen as the RIT Army ROTC representative to the Marshall Leadership Seminar,” says Coggshall who will be commissioned on May 22, and begin her duties as second lieutenant. “I have been given the opportunity to network with some of this nation’s finest officers and cadets, as well as address topics of national concern. It’s a great honor.”

Coggshall, a fifth-year engineering student from Meriden, Conn., will have the opportunity to interact with the key leaders, such as Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey and Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, who will be in attendance to discuss a variety of issues related to national security.

“Cadet Coggshall has really excelled during her time in the Tiger Battalion. In addition to her ROTC activities, where she currently serves as one of our tactical training officers, she has earned Dean’s List Honors for nine academic terms,” said Lt. Col. Lynn Lubiak, professor of military science and commander of the RIT battalion.

The Marshall ROTC Seminar, in its 32nd year of existence, is named in honor of George C. Marshall who served as Army Chief of Staff during World War II. Marshall served as secretary of state and later as secretary of defense during the Truman Administration. His efforts to help the economies of Europe recover from World War II earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953.

The Marshall Award is given annually to the top Cadet from each of the 273 Army ROTC units around the nation. The event comprises the largest annual gathering of those about to be commissioned through the Army ROTC program. Within weeks of participating in this event, most of these young men and women will commence duties as junior officers in the U. S. Army.