University of Minnesota
Cadets apply problem solving skills during FLRC where teamwork and creative thinking are essential.

Field Leadership Reaction Course

Cadets apply problem solving skills during FLRC where teamwork and creative thinking are essential.

Cadet Joel Anderson

MS IV

CDT Anderson is a Junior at Bethel University located in St. Paul, MN. His goal is to triple major in History, Philosophy and Political Science. In the past he has participated in Army Ten Miler and Buddy Ranger Challenge. He hopes to be on the Ranger Challenge team this fall. After graduation CDT Anderson hopes to branch infantry, military intelligence or aviation as an active duty officer. His favorite part about ROTC is, “I enjoy the challenge it presents and skills of leadership it teaches. ┬áTo discipline and shape one's self in the honorable profession of soldiery is a great opportunity to be successful both in college and in later life.”

Cadet Jacob Bouley

MS IV

CDT Bouley is from Elk River, MN. He is a junior attending the University of Minnesota where he is majoring in Health and Wellness. He is involved in both Ranger Challenge and Intramural Hockey. Currently he is part of the 2-136 CAB in the MN National Guard. After graduation he plans to stay in the MN National Guard as a Cavalry Officer. CDT Bouley's favorite part about ROTC is the un-ending amount of opportunities that is has. In his free time he enjoys spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, playing hockey as well as spending time with his family.

Cadet Katie Olson

MS III

CDT Olson is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota where she is studying Nursing. She grew up in Coon Rapids, MN. After graduation she plans to become a Nurse on active duty. Her favorite part about ROTC is working out with the entire battalion during PT. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends, reading and going for bike rides.

Cadet Cole Christian

MS III

CDT Christian is from St. Michael, MN. He is a sophomore at the University of St. Thomas majoring in business. This past fall he a part of the Army Ten Mile Team. He raced against 28,000 runners in the Army Ten Mile Race in Washington D.C. After graduation he plans on becoming an officer in the National Guard. His favorite part about ROTC is the continual challenge that it offers. In his free time he enjoys snowboarding and playing soccer.

Cadet Kenneth Cowles

MS II

CDT Kenneth Cowles grew up in Princeton MN and is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota studying Economics. He is seeking an active duty status upon commissioning and is interested in branching Field Artillery or Armor. During the Fall 2014 semester he participated in the Army Ten Miler in Washington D.C and during the Spring 2014 semester he ran on the light team at the Bataan Memorial Death March in New Mexico. His favorite part of ROTC is the challenges it offers. In his free time he enjoys running, reading and hanging out with friends.

Cadet Benjamin Nepomuceno

MS I

CDT Benjamin Nepomuceno grew up in Barrington, IL. He is a freshman at the University of Minnesota studying engineering. He is seeking an active duty slot upon commissioning and is interested in branching Infantry or Armor. During the spring semester of 2015 he participated in the Buddy Ranger Challenge. His favorite part of ROTC is the opportunities for personal growth and development it provides. In his free time he enjoys exercising and spending time with friends, many of whom he met in ROTC.

"ROTC has taught me to push myself more than I ever have before. The people here make great colleagues and friends."

Cadet Jacob Wefel

MS I

Cadet Jacob Wefel came to the University of Minnesota from Wisconsin Rapids, WI. He is now a freshman studying Political Science with an emphasis on Political Theory. He plans to pursue an active duty status after he commissions and hopes to branch infantry. Jacob plans to compete with the Ranger Challenge team the fall of his sophomore year. His favorite part of ROTC is the opportunity for leadership and teamwork development, while making great friends in the process. He enjoys playing video games, reading, and exercising in his spare time.

"ROTC has taught me great lessons in leadership and teamwork. It is preparing me for any challenges I will have ahead of me."

Cadet Shayna Studenski

MS II

CDT Shayna Studenski grew up on a small hobby farm in Sauk Rapids, MN. She is a sophomore in the Nursing major program at Bethel University. After graduation she plans on becoming an Officer in the MN National Guard. Her favorite part of ROTC is working with all the unique Cadets from many different backgrounds and learning how to be a better leader. In her free time she enjoys swing dancing, reading and spending time with friends and family, especially playing cards.