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November 2016

The Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies turned one year old on September 1, 2016, and published its first annual report.

Corps strength stood at 775 at the beginning of this semester. This is the third largest in the Corps’ history.

UNG continued its tradition of outstanding performance at the ROTC summer camp (Cadet Leader Course – CLC) at Ft. Knox. We sent 123 Cadets, more than any other year in our history. Of those, 40 (32 percent) received the highest performance rating putting them in the top 15 percent of the entire nation. The closest senior military college had 18% percentin this category. Of our other Cadets, 43 had the second-highest rating of most qualified; 26 were highly qualified; 15 were qualified; and none were not qualified.

The first annual Boar’s Head-Corps Alumni Weekend occurred 9-11 Sep, and was a rousing success. The event was conceived and sponsored by the North Georgia Corps of Cadets Association. We thank all Cadet alumni who participated and interacted with our Cadets throughout the weekend. Kris “Tanto” Paronto, hero of Benghazi and featured in the movie 13 Hours spoke with the Cadets, alumni and guests about his experiences during the Benghazi attack. He held the audience’s attention while describing small unit combat leadership in an ambiguous, uncertain, and complex environment. Colonel (Ret.) Jimmie Blackmon spoke with groups of Cadets about leadership. Other alumni spoke with Cadets about succeeding in various occupations after college. We’re looking forward to next year’s event!

Mr. Bob Mathews, UNG ’70, president and CEO of Colliers International – Atlanta and chairman of the UNG real estate foundation, addressed the Corps of Cadets during distinguished military student review and parade. Twenty-five Cadets were honored.

General Carter Ham, U.S. Army (Retired), President and CEO of AUSA, spoke with the Corps of Cadets on 13 Sep. He was extremely impressed, and stated that he was “blown away” by our Cadet program.

UNG signed a Cadet exchange agreement with the Polish Land Forces Academy. We will send Cadets to study at their academy for a semester, and they will send Cadets to study with us. This fall, our Cadets attended short duration programs in the Czech Republic (University of Defense Economics Course), Italy (NATO Defense College), and Hawaii (Asia-Pacific Center for Strategic Studies). We have a Cadet from the Republic of China (Taiwan) Military Academy studying with us this semester. Also, UNG was awarded a $1.2M grant to continue our ROTC Chinese Language Flagship program. We have 21 Cadets majoring in Chinese, and 14 in Arabic.

Cadet alumnus, LTG Burton Patrick, UNG ’57, was inducted into the Georgia Military Veteran’s Hall of Fame. A total of seven UNG graduates are now in the Hall of Fame.

Cadet alumnus, LTG William (Burke) Garrett, UNG ’81, is retiring from the Army after 35 years of outstanding service as a Soldier.

Georgia Gold, American Treasure development initiative is on-going for the sole benefit of the Corps of Cadets. With a goal of $93,145,000, the vision of the initiative is to “Secure and strengthen the Corps of Cadets at the University of North Georgia”. For more information, go to unggive.org/give/corps-of-cadets

If you’re interested in hearing more about the Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies, and you are visiting Dahlonega, we’d like to schedule a one-hour personal briefing for you. Please contact Keith Antonia at keith.antonia@ung.edu

July 2016

UNG graduates took command. COL Branch took command of the 780th MI Brigade at Ft Meade on 17 Jun: a MSC of Army Intelligence and Security Command and Army Cyber Command. COL Skelton took command of the Army’s 1st Information Operations Command at Ft Belvoir on 20 Jun. (COL Ginn commands the 106th Signal Brigade at Ft Sam Houston.) All three jobs are critical components of the Army’s cyber operations efforts. COL Duggan took command of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall on 28 Jun. COL Beaudoin took command of 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division on 20 May.

Cadet Sydney Coursey was selected as the top graduate (out of more than 500 Cadets) for her CLC (Advance Camp) Regiment. She was presented the AUSA Warrior Ethos Award, a saber. 

Boar’s Head-Corps Alumni Weekend, 9-11 Sep. Conceived and sponsored by the North Georgia Corps of Cadets Association. Event celebrates the Boar’s Head Brigade, and encourages interaction between corps alumni and Cadets through a variety of events, classes, speakers, socials, recognitions and remembrances. Begins Friday night and culminates with the Distinguished Military Student Review on 11 Sep at 1400. A schedule can be found on the NGCCA web site:  ngcorpsofcadetsassn.org  We would be very happy if you could join us for some of the events. 

GEN Carter Ham, U.S. Army (Retired), President and CEO of AUSA, will visit UNG on 13 Sep and speak with the Corps of Cadets.

UNG was named one of the nation's top higher education institutions by Forbes Magazine in its annual "America’s Top Colleges" ranking. This is the first time UNG has been named to the list, and one of only six public universities in Georgia to make the list.

The Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies now has an advisory board composed of accomplished experts in leadership and strategic issues who also have a deep understanding of the value of the Corps of Cadets and its contribution to society. Purpose is to provide ILSS leadership with the knowledge, understanding and strategic thinking that will enable us to more effectively accomplish our mission. Board president is LTG (Ret) Terry, Dr Crupi, LTG (Ret) Mixon, and LTG (Ret) Keen (inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame on 14 July). LTG Garrett has agreed to serve after he retires in a month or two. Bios are on the ILSS web site:  ung.edu/ilss

ILSS will co-host a security symposium on 15 November in collaboration with the Mike Cottrell College of Business and the College of Arts and Letters. The topic to be explored is international trade partnerships.

ILSS is working with foreign countries to establish military exchange opportunities and/or internships for our Cadets. Hungary, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Austria, Brazil, South Korea, Latvia, Estonia, Republic of Georgia, Czech Republic, Germany, and Italy are all candidates for agreements. We already have formal agreements with Land Forces Military Academy, Poland; Republic of China Military Academy, Taiwan; and Bundeswher Academy, Germany.

Georgia Gold, American Treasure development initiative, the first fundraising effort in the history of UNG for the sole benefit of the Corps of Cadets, launched during Alumni Weekend 2016. With a goal of $93,145,000, the vision of the initiative is to “Secure and strengthen the Corps of Cadets at the University of North Georgia”. For more information, go to unggive.org/give/corps-of-cadets

If you’re interested in hearing more about the Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies, and you are visiting Dahlonega, we’d like to schedule a one-hour personal briefing for you.  Please contact Keith Antonia at keith.antonia@ung.edu

May 2016

Continuing our cyber education initiatives, UNG was just given the distinction of becoming a National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Defense Center of Academic Excellence for Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE).

This summer, we received a grant from the NSA/DHS GenCyber program to run a free, two-week residential “National Cyber Warrior Academy” on the Dahlonega Campus.  We’ll enroll 40 high school students 19 Jun – 1 July, who will live in Gaillard Hall, and will be taught the Certified Ethical Hacker curriculum by UNG PhD computer science professors.

In December/January, we will seek to become an Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) by the Defense Intelligence Agency.  The IC CAE has the mission to increase intelligence community job applicants. They provide grants to accredited U.S. four-year colleges and universities to support the design and development of intelligence-related curricula.  We strongly feel that we meet the criteria by which the DIA evaluates applications, including having academic programs which serve as a foundation for an intelligence or national security studies certificate, major or minor.  With our degrees and minors in international affairs, strategic studies, critical foreign languages, cyber security, study abroad programs and more, we believe we’ll be very competitive to become an IC CAE.

We have four Cadets who were awarded prestigious national scholarships in 2015-2016.  Anita Renfroe is a winner of the prestigious David L. Boren Scholarship, a national scholarship funded by DoD’s National Security Education Program worth up to $20,000 to spend a full academic year studying abroad. Renfroe is a junior in the Corps of Cadets majoring in Arabic with a minor in Spanish and will spend next year studying in Fez, Morocco. Two Cadets won Fulbright scholarships.  Cadet Cody Bijeaux, a Chinese major, and former Cadet Jacob Dietrich, an Arabic major.  The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. In addition, Cadet Elisha Weber will spend a year at ZhieJiang Normal University in Jinhua, courtesy of Chinese Government Scholarships from the Consulate in Houston.

We commissioned 48 Cadets on 6-7 May: 36 active duty, 13 Reserve Force Duty (primarily Georgia Army National Guard); 9 were Distinguished Military Graduates (DMG). 

173 Cadets will participate in Cadet training programs this summer.  15 will participate in Cadet Command’s Cultural Understanding and Language Program (CULP) for three weeks in the following countries: Republic of Georgia (3); Hungary; Lithuania (2); Philippines, Bulgaria; Mongolia (2); Morocco; Senegal; Sri Lanka; Nepal; Bukina-Faso.  A record 126 Cadets will attend the Cadet Leader Course (summer or advanced camp) at Ft. Knox.  Forty seven will go to Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) at Ft. Knox (a new program for freshman and sophomore Cadets who intend to commission).  Fifteen Cadets will attend schools: airborne (5), air assault (7), and Cadet Field Training (3).  Three Cadets will do overseas CTLT in Germany, Korea, and Alaska. 

Distinguished Military Student Review Weekend will be 9-11 Sep.  We’re planning to make this a Cadet Alumni Weekend event.  More info to follow, but would really be happy if you could join us for some of the events. 

Georgia Gold, American Treasure development initiative, the first fundraising effort in the history of UNG for the sole benefit of the Corps of Cadets, launched during Alumni Weekend 2016.  With a goal of $93,145,000, the vision of the initiative is to “Secure and strengthen the Corps of Cadets at the University of North Georgia”. For more information contact Phil Collins, phil.collins@ung.edu. Three priority areas are: Scholarships, Operational Support, and Facilities and Infrastructure.

If you’re interested in hearing more about the Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies, and you are visiting Dahlonega, we’d like to schedule a one-hour personal briefing for you.  Please contact Keith Antonia at keith.antonia@ung.edu

March 2016

The Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies (ILSS) has decided to adapt the Army’s 21st Century Soldier Competencies contained in TRADOC Pam 525-8-2, The U.S. Army Learning Concept, to our Corps of Cadets. A purpose of the ILSS is to ensure that academic and co-curricular programs are in place for Cadets to learn and practice these competencies.  The flyer is attached.

In January, UNG established a “Center for Cyber Operations Education” to provide more cyber-related educational opportunities for our Cadets.  We also applied to become a National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. Our application has been accepted, and the next step is an on-site visit by the NSA/DHS grant team.  We have also joined a consortium of colleges and universities that offer the Army Cyber Institute’s “Cyber Leader Development Program” for Cadets who are interested in commissioning into the Army’s Cyber Branch.

Colonel Ron Stephens has been selected to promotion to brigadier general.  He’s a graduate of UNG, Magna Cum Laude in chemistry, commissioned Medical Service Corps, and later completed medical school at the Medical College of Georgia under the Health Professions Scholarship Program.  He attended UNG on the Georgia Military Scholarship. Congratulations!

MG William K. Gayler, a 1988 graduate of the University of North Georgia (UNG), was appointed the commanding general for the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Alabama. He previously served as the deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Europe, and commander, U.S. Army NATO.

On the international front, since the beginning of the new year, we’ve sent Cadets to conferences in Japan, Latvia, Republic of Georgia, Boston, and VMI.  We also have Cadets in study abroad or internships in Italy, Taiwan, France, China, Germany and Bulgaria.  Our leadership traveled to South Africa, Estonia and South Korea to explore partnerships with military academies. 

UNG is expecting to commission fifty-six Cadets on 16 May and more in August.  We anticipate commissioning around 90 Cadets this year. 

Dahlonega Campus Alumni Weekend will be 22-24 April 2016 (Recall).  The Honorable Debra Wada, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) tentatively plans to run with the Corps of Cadets on Saturday morning at 0800, attend 5th Ranger Training Battalion Open House on Saturday, and speak at Sunday’s Corps of Cadets Military Awards review at 1400 on the drill field.  Recall details are available here:  https://ungalumni.org/aw

A UNG alumni event was held on 12 March at Ft. Bragg, graciously hosted by LTG Steve and Melissa Townsend.  The 82d Abn Chorus provided entertainment, and fun was had by all.  About 50 alumni attended, many of whom were younger alumni, including lieutenants and captains.  Thank you, General Townsend!

January 2016

The Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies (ILSS) has decided to adapt the Army 21st Century Soldier Competencies contained in TRADOC Pam 525-8-2, The U.S. Army Learning Concept, to our Corps of Cadets. A purpose of the ILSS is to ensure that academic and co-curricular programs are in place for Cadets to learn and practice these competencies.  The competency flyer is attached.

In January, UNG established a “Center for Cyber Operations Education” to provide more cyber-related educational opportunities for our Cadets.  We also applied to become a NSA/DHS Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. Our application has been accepted, and the next step is an on-site visit by the NSA/DHS grant team.  We have also joined a consortium of colleges and universities that offer the Army Cyber Institute’s “Cyber Leader Development Program” for Cadets who are interested in commissioning into the Army’s Cyber Branch.

Colonel Ron Stephens has been selected to promotion to brigadier general.  He’s a graduate of UNG Magna Cum Laude in chemistry, commissioned Medical Service Corps, and later completed medical school at the Medical College of Georgia under the Health Professions Scholarship Program.  He attended UNG on the Georgia Military Scholarship. 

Since the beginning of the New year, we’ve sent Cadets to conferences in Japan, Latvia, Republic of Georgia, Boston, and VMI.  We also have four Cadets studying in China.  Our leadership traveled to South Africa, Estonia and South Korea to explore partnerships with military academies. 

Fifty-two Cadets will commission on 16 May and in August.  We anticipate commissioning around 90 Cadets this year. 

Dahlonega Campus Alumni Weekend will be 22-24 April 2016.  Details will be available here soon:  https://ungalumni.org/aw

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