Old Dominion University

1LT Sterling Montgomery

Quartermaster, VaNG

Hometown/High school attended:Virginia Beach, VA / Landstown High School

Major, Class Year, activities at ODU:Communications, 2008, Army ROTC, Larchmont Elem Mentoring, Sigma Nu Fraternity

Current Unit and Job/Position:E 2/224 AVN, 29th CAB, 29th ID / Forward Support Company XO

Why you chose to do ROTC?My grandfathers and father served in the Army as enlisted Soldiers, my siblings serve in the USAF, USN, USMC, and Army, plus the money for school was important to me.

How has it better prepared you and how has ROTC shaped you as an individual?I am more focused, a better leader in my community, confidence in my abilities, able to set higher goals, and a better husband/father.

MAJ Marc Daniels

Infantry

Hometown/High school attended:Bethel High School, Hampton VA

Major, Class Year, activities at ODU:BS Phys. Ed., 1997, MS Strategic Intelligence

Current Unit and Job/Position:USSOCOM

Why you chose to do ROTC?I decided to join initially for the same reasons as a lot of young students; money, camaraderie, and additional college credits.  More important are the reasons I decided to stay and the affect that decision has had on my life. The family atmosphere, challenging opportunities, and the peer to peer respect you experience in AROTC are hard to duplicate in civilian life. I wouldn’t change a thing. 

How has it better prepared you and how has ROTC shaped you as an individual?Army ROTC gave me a glimpse into what the Army was like and helped me determine if it was something I wanted to purse.  Having the opportunity to lead others, and excel, at that stage of my life has proven crucial to my development as a leader today.  AROTC also helped me develop good habits that focused on time management and planning.  These are skills that are often not taught anywhere else, last a lifetime, and often mean the difference between success and failure.

1LT John T. Mullany

Signal Corps branch detail Infantry

Hometown/High school attended:Gainesville, VA / Stonewall Jackson High School and W T Woodson High School

Major, Class Year, activities at ODU:Major:Political Science, Graduated: December 2006, Activities: Ranger Challenge Team

Current Unit and Job/Position:Started off as an Infantry Platoon Leader for 18 months now working in S3, Operations and Training Section

Why you chose to do ROTC?I chose ROTC because I initially wanted to fly helicopters in the military but I really liked learning Infantry tasks in ROTC and pursued that branch instead. I wanted to enjoy college but I also knew I wanted to serve my country and lastly needed help paying for college.

How has it better prepared you and how has ROTC shaped you as an individual? ROTC gave me a brief insight into what the Army would be like on a much smaller scale during the semester field exercises, being a leader in PT and in front of Soldiers, and learning to be a flexible person.

 

1LT James C. Carey III

Medical Service Corps

Hometown/High school attended:Virginia Beach, VA / Princess Anne High School

Major, Class Year, activities at ODU: B.A. History, 2007, Scabbard & Blade and History Honors Society

Current Unit and Job/Position:1-37 Field Artillery, 3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Ft Lewis, WA/  Primary duties:  Battalion Medical Officer (BN MEDO) and Headquarters and Services Battery Executive Officer (HSB XO); some additional duties include BN Reset OIC, BN Safety Officer, Container Management Officer, BN Historical Officer.

Why you chose to do ROTC?I chose ROTC because I wanted to serve in the U.S. Army and lead Soldiers.

How has it better prepared you and how has ROTC shaped you as an individual?
ROTC is a program designed to develop, mentor and challenge future leaders.  One way ROTC shaped me to become a better leader is through improving my proficiency in time management.  As a Cadet I experienced how to best prioritize my time between undergraduate studies, ROTC commitments, work and personal goals.  I credit ROTC’s lessons in time management for my success in managing multiple assignments as a Lieutenant.  Because of my reputation of being able to manage multiple duties at the same time, my responsibilities have increased as well as my Commander’s expectations of me.   Being successful in time management has allowed me to accomplish many different tasks as a Lieutenant thus setting me up for success as I progress in rank and grow as a leader.  Time management is a key to success and ROTC definitely taught me how to identify and prioritize between 50, 100 and 200 meter targets.