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ROTC Cadets do more than just play in the woods. When assets are available they are airlifted to the LDX site and conduct an air insertion operation to kick off the Spring LDX.

Cadets are airlifted into the LDX site

ROTC Cadets do more than just play in the woods. When assets are available they are airlifted to the LDX site and conduct an air insertion operation to kick off the Spring LDX.

COL (Retired) Sam Roberts

Currently Col Roberts serves as a member of the Local Executive board for the University of Montana.

<p>Colonel Sam A. Roberts, United States Air Force, (Ret.) has had a distinguished 30 year career in the Army Air Corps and U.S. Air Force.  He entered the University of Montana in 1937 on a football scholarship. He received a commission as a Second Lieutenant, in 1941 through the University of Montana ROTC program and soon after was assigned to the Army Air Corps pilot training program.  Obtaining his pilot wings at Mather Field California, he flew B-18A bombers in Albuquerque, NM training bombing pilots and bombardiers.  In 1944 he joined a B-29 Bomb Group being formed for Combat duty in the Pacific Theater, with the 315th Bomb Wing, 20th Air Force under General Curtis LeMay.</p><p>Col Roberts commanded a B-29 squadron at Tucson, Arizona until assigned to the Pentagon and prepared for assignment as U.S. Air Attaché to the Government of Burma from 1953-1955.  In the mid-sixties Col Roberts was assigned to SAC Headquarters in Omaha as Director of Strategic Targeting, Joint Strategic Targeting Planning Staff under the Joint Chief of Staff.  In 1967 he was assigned as Deputy Assistance Chief of Staff, Republic of Vietnam Headquarters for MACV in Saigon.</p><p>Col Roberts last assignment was Strategic Air Command, Omaha Nebraska in 1970 retiring with over 7000 flying hours.  His numerous awards and decorations include the following:</p><p>Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Air Medal- Two Awards, Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit-Two Awards, Republic of Vietnam Distinguished Service Medal, Order of the Knight Theater Ribbons, Three Theaters-Four Battle Stars, Presidential Unit Citation Award-315th Bomb Wing.</p>

MG (Retired) Donald Williamson

Currently MG (Retired) Williamson serves as a community advocate in Polson, MT.

<p>Major General Donald R. Williamson (Ret.) is a graduate of Butte Public High School and the University of Montana.  While at the University of Montana he was a Distinguished Military Graduate and was awarded varsity letters in Football, Track, and Baseball and was Silent Sentinel Senior Society Honorary.  Additionally, he was awarded the Grizzly Cup for Athletic and Academic Performance.  In 1991, the University made him a Distinguished Alumnus.  Recipients of the award are individuals who have distinguished themselves in a particular field and who have brought honor to the University, the state or the nation. Upon Graduating he attended the Infantry Officer Basic Course and Ranger School.</p><p>His assignments during an active duty career of 35 years were primarily associated with Army Aviation and Logistics.  His first aviation assignment (1960) was aircraft maintenance officer with the 1st Cavalry Division in Korea.  Over his 35 years he served as a Company Commander, Battalion Commander, the project manager for the Cobra Attack Helicopter, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Readiness at the US Army Material Command.  These assignments took him to Korea, Germany, Fort Bragg, Washington D.C., and St. Louis, MO among other assignments.</p><p>His last assignment was as the Commanding General, US Army Aviation Systems Command in St. Louis (1989-1993) with responsibilities that included research, development, testing and engineering, acquisition, production, distribution. logistics support, foreign military sales and disposal of the Army’s fleet of fixed and rotary wing aircraft. </p><p>Major General (Retired) Williamson’s awards and decorations include the Army Distinguished Service Medal (with one OLC), Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 OLC), Air Medal (with 2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medial, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Secretary of the Army Award for Project Management.</p>

MAJ Kristopher Pyette

Assistant Professor of Military Science

<p>MAJ Pyette was born in Montana on December 26th 1979. He graduated from the University of Montana with a B.S. in Political Science. His military education includes Basic Airborne School, Infantry Officer Basic Course and the Engineer Captains Career Course. MAJ Pyette’s first assignment was with 1st Squadron 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment at Vilseck Germany. He served in HHC as an Assistant Operations Officer. He was then assigned to Comanche Company where he deployed to Iraq as a Rifle Platoon Leader. After his time in Germany he was assigned to 191 IN at Ft. Lewis, WA where he served as an AC/RC Team Chief and BN Assistant Operations Officer. MAJ Pyette’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Navy Marine Corp Oversees Service Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Parachutist Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Expert Infantryman Badge. MAJ Pyette is married to Jessica Pyette, and they have a son Tristan, and daughter Taylor.</p>