Casada receives Legion of Valor award

Casada receives Legion of Valor award

Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 1:51 pm

Casada receives Legion of Valor award

ROTC Cadet Richard G. Casada
University of Tennessee at Martin ROTC Cadet Richard G. Casada has been awarded the Legion of Valor Cross for Achievement. Casada, of College Grove, has been assigned as the incoming cadet battalion commander. This award, consisting of a bronze cross and certificate, is presented to outstanding MS-III cadets for achievement of scholastic excellence in military and academic subjects to stimulate the development of leadership. Out of more than 273 schools nationwide only 10 cadets are awarded the Legion of Valor Cross for Achievement. Professors of military science nominate cadets from the battalions. Nominees must meet the following criteria: must be regularly enrolled as a MS-III ROTC cadet; must be in the top 25 percent in ROTC and academic standing; and must demonstrate the quality potential required of an Army officer, including ROTC grades, academic grades, military leadership and academic leadership. Casada is a political science major scheduled to commission and graduate May 2009. He has a grade-point average of 3.97 with a ROTC GPA of 4.0. His parents are Richard and Jill Casada. His academic achievement includes dean’s list each semester; Phi Kappa Phi (honor society); American Legion Scholastic Achievement; numerous cadet ribbons and honors; Army schools/Airborne and Air Assault. His extracurricular activities include president, UT Martin College Republicans; vice chairman, West Tennessee, State Chapter of College Republicans; president, ROTC Fund Raising and Activities Group for two years; member, Skyhawk Battalion Ranger Challenge Team for three years; and member, intramural teams for three years.

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