Army ROTC Cadet Receives Top Award to Attend National Security Seminar

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Publication Date: 4/13/2009

Rhodes senior and Army ROTC cadet Luke Koehler will join senior U.S. military leaders at a national security seminar to be conducted April 15-17 in Lexington, Va.

Koehler earned the opportunity to participate in the George C. Marshall ROTC Seminar after being selected top Army ROTC cadet at The University of Memphis. Rhodes, in cooperation with the U of M and the Department of the Army, participates in cross-town agreements that provide the opportunity for Rhodes students to enroll in ROTC.

“I’m deeply honored to be selected from among all of the seniors in the Army ROTC program,” says Koehler. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I’m sure it will give me insights that I can put to immediate use when I become a lieutenant in a few weeks.”

Koheler will be commissioned as an officer May 8. “As our Cadet Battalion Commander, he has consistently led from the front and by example. He will make an outstanding officer in the United States Army,” says Lieutenant Colonel Gregory V. Marinich, Professor of Military Science & Leadership at The University of Memphis.

While in Lexington, Koehler will interact with key leaders and discuss a variety of national security issues. In its 32nd year, the ROTC seminar is named in honor of George C. Marshall who served as Army Chief of Staff during World War II. Marshall also 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.