2LT Chase Strickland, who commissioned and graduated from UNG in May 2015, was ranked the top ROTC cadet in the nation his senior year.
I graduated in May 2015 with a bachelor's degree in international relations with a Middle East concentration.
The highlight of my experience at UNG was been chosen the top cadet. It was the product of four years of hard work, but it was not an achievement that I set out to accomplish. My goals at UNG were to succeed academically and seek leadership development through the Corps of Cadets. I feel that I accomplished those goals, so being recognized as the number one cadet in the nation was icing on the cake.
Also, being honored at the state captiol was a very special opportunity. I was honored to have the chance to speak to the Senate and the House and recognize my family, the University of North Georgia, the Army and the National Guard. It's been a proud moment in my life and a big stepping stone in my career."
I graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA and as a Distinguished Military Graduate. I also participated in corps leadership and on the Ranger Challenge team, which won the Bold Leader Challenge at Fort Knox, Kentucky, in fall 2014 and placed second among ROTC teams at the prestigious Sandhurst Military Skills Competition held in April at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
While attending UNG, I also served in the Georgia National Guard.
Also, during my senior year, I had to the chance to study abroad in Rome, Italy, at the NATOC Defense War College.
I branched military intelligence and elected to branch detail in infantry. My career plans include attending Infantry Basic Officer School at Fort Benning, Georgia, followed by Ranger School. My top duty station choice is with the 173rd Airborne in Vicenza, Italy, but I won't be disappointed if I don't get it. Duty station is not a concern. Success in training is my priority.
I am thankful for the guidance I have received from family and friends, my academic adviser, and professors. Also, I am thankful for the guidance and professional development that I have received from other military professionals in the Georgia Army National Guard and at the University of North Georgia.