Clarkson University
The cadets of the Battalion come from Clarkson, St Lawrence, SUNY Canton, and SUNY Potsdam. The senior cadets plan and execute the training. Juniors lead small units through tactical training, as they prepare for camp. Sophomores and freshmen learn by seeing and doing, as they explore officership in the Army as a career choice.

Some of the cadets from the Golden Knight Battalion

The cadets of the Battalion come from Clarkson, St Lawrence, SUNY Canton, and SUNY Potsdam. The senior cadets plan and execute the training. Juniors lead small units through tactical training, as they prepare for camp. Sophomores and freshmen learn by seeing and doing, as they explore officership in the Army as a career choice.

Cadet Maja Pfluger

Cadet Battalion Commander

CDT Pfluger was born and raised in the great state of New York. She attendedPulaski Jr. Sr. High School where she graduated with honors. She then went onto Clarkson University after receiving the prestigious Clarkson LeadershipScholarship. She entered the Clarkson Army ROTC program the second semester ofher freshman year and was awarded a 3 year scholarship. The summer of her Jr.year, CDT Pfluger went on to complete the “rigorous” Warrior Forge where shefinished 2nd in her PLT and gained an overall “E” rating. She will graduate inthe spring and will be commissioned into Military Intelligence. Cadet Pflugeris elated that she is no longer S3 and looks forward to her reign as BC.

 

Cadet Brandon McNaughton

Cadet Executive Officer

CDT McNaughton is an SMP cadet majoring in Business and TechnologyManagement. He attended the basic airborne course in the summer of 2004 andearned a shiny set of jump wings. In the summer of 2005 he attended the muchfeared LDAC where he forgot how to land navigate, but earned various accoladesincluding the prestigious, coveted Recondo badge, as well as the Cadet Medal ofHonor. Earning an “E” in every leadership role assigned and generally justhaving a great time with the LDAC experience, CDT McNaughton returned toClarkson this fall to be assigned Battalion Executive Officer. A senior, hewill be commissioned in the spring of 2006 and will be branched Infantry. Manyyounger Cadets often have nightmares about Cadet McNaughton because he is quitepossibly the scariest Cadet ever. But fear not, underclassmen: beneath CadetMcNaughton's gruff exterior beats a heart of gold.

Cadet Robert Crudden

Cadet S-3

CDT Crudden was born, near San Diego, in Chula Vista CA. At the age of 5months he moved to Rhode Island where he would spend the next 18 years of hislife. CDT Crudden attended Toll Gate High School in Warwick, RI where hegraduated in the top third of his class. CDT Crudden began his collegeeducation in Civil Engineering at Clarkson University in fall of 2002. A yearlater, CDT Crudden was contracted into the Army ROTC program. Over the next twoyears he attended the US Army Basic Airborne Course, and the Cadet CommandLeadership Development and Assessment Course. Upon graduation in May he will becommissioned into the Army National Guard in the Ordnance Corps and will becomeemployed as an entry-level Civil Engineer. As the Cadet Battalion S-3, CadetCrudden is very busy. This can usually be heard in his grumblings about all thework he has to do. However, Cadet Crudden remains in good spirits and continuesto make the Golden Knight Battalion proud with his efforts.