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ROTC Students Living Auburn Creed Through Service to the Country

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If you asked Jack Schlossberg, a member of the Army ROTC and Major of Industrial and Systems Engineering, why he chose to enlist and serve his country, he would give you a simple but telling answer: “Because that I can, then I should.”

Originally a member of Auburn’s Naval ROTC, Schlossberg switched to Army ROTC his sophomore year. For him, Auburn’s Army ROTC program provided an outlet to become a leader by living the Auburn Creed, which reflects the true ideals and values ​​of the Auburn family.

“The War Eagle Battalion places a strong emphasis on being a ‘servant leader,’ and as a young cadet it struck me as one of those superficial buzzwords,” Schlossberg said. . “But day after day, I have seen this ideal reflected in the actions of our cadets and our leadership.

“Leadership is the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow human beings and mutual aid and brings happiness to all. If that is the only lesson Auburn leaves me, I am confident that I will achieve my goals.

After graduating May 6-7, Schlossberg will attend the Base Ordnance Officer Leadership Course at Fort Lee, Va., followed by an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Qualification Course at the air base. from Eglin, Florida. He will train to lead an Explosive Ordnance Disposal, or EOD, platoon which is responsible for identifying and disarming explosive hazards overseas and domestically.

Schlossberg, of Ellicott City, Maryland, has worked in this position since his freshman year and believes the work of EOD units is directly tied to the Creed.

“They work to make the world safer, and that inspires me,” Schlossberg said. “I believe this can be directly linked to the seventh stanza of the Creed, ‘do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with my God.'”

Kendall Wells decided to visit Auburn because her mother attended, and as soon as she walked onto campus, she felt right at home. For Wells, joining the Auburn Air Force ROTC was the best decision she ever made, and she loved every minute of it.

“By joining ROTC, you’re entering a program where the people around you really want to see themselves succeed,” Wells said. “It gave me the opportunity to lead and mentor people, the tools to overcome difficult situations, and the freedom to further develop my understanding of the world.”

After crossing the stage at graduation, Wells will begin serving in the prestigious Gold Bar Recruiting Program, or GBRP. The mission of GBRP is to recruit talented and diverse men and women into the air and space forces. Wells would train at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado, before serving for a year as a Gold Bar recruiter.

Wells volunteered for the program due to a backup in the Air Force pilot training program. After her year as a Gold Bar recruiter, she will work toward her goal of becoming an HH-60 pilot, the Air Force’s first combat search and rescue helicopter.

“The Gold Bar Recruiter program is a unique experience and a hugely rewarding role,” Wells said. “The Air Force needs more boots in the field for recruiting, and I look forward to recruiting the next generation of diverse fighters.”

The Ocean Springs, Mississippi, native credits her studies in human development and family science at the College of Humanities with teaching her skills that will serve her well in her military career. Wells’ motivation to serve is to chase after experiences that cannot be found in a desk job and to believe in the promise of his country.

“Just like Auburn’s creed, I believe in my country and I wholeheartedly believe in our Constitution and what it stands for,” Wells said. “I appreciate our freedom and our ability to choose the life we ​​want to live.

“No matter what people say, we live in the most welcoming and culturally diverse country in the world, and I look forward to serving the people of this country and giving back to the country that has meant so much to me. given.”

After graduating in industrial and systems engineering, Naval ROTC member Emily Hamilton will attend Nuclear Power School in Charleston, South Carolina, before going below decks as a submarine officer.

Hamilton’s desire to serve his country comes from a place of heritage and family values. Hamilton’s father served in the military, and she says he instilled values ​​to cherish the freedom offered to the United States, inspiring her to enlist and defend that freedom.

Through Auburn’s Naval ROTC program, Hamilton says she’s made lifelong connections and learned the skills to be successful in her career.

“I really enjoyed my time at Naval ROTC,” said Hamilton, a native of Marietta, Georgia. “The program helped me learn how to manage my time well between studies, ROTC, extracurricular activities and social life. I also learned the importance of taking responsibility for your actions and the results of your shares.

“The skills I have learned will not only help me in my military career, but also beyond.”