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 Brakke

MS II

Cadet Brakke grew up in Eagan, MN and is currently a Freshman at the University of Minnesota. She is majoring in Kinesiology and wants to pursue a job in Athletic training. She currently serves in the MN National Guard and wants to become a Medical Service Corps Officer upon Commissioning. She has been involved in Army Ten Miler and Bataan Death March with ROTC. She enjoys the close comradery of ROTC. In her free time, she likes to listen to music, read and hang out with friends and family.

Cadet DeCastro

MS IV

Cadet De Castro came to the University of Minnesota from Farmington, MN. He is currently a cadet in the Minnesota National Guard with Bravo Company 2-135 Infantry Battalion. After graduating, he plans to continue his career in the Guard as an officer as well as a civilian career in physical therapy and training. In his free time, he likes to play soccer, play the drums, cook, and watch scary movies. ROTC has shown him the discipline and different qualities a leader must have in order to accomplish the mission. Cadet De Castro has learned to orient himself to complete tasks and motivate their subordinates simultaneously.

Cadet Klusmeyer

MS III

Cadet Klusmeyer is a senior graduating in May from the University of Minnesota with a degree in European History and a Military Science minor. She received an ROTC scholarship after transferring to the U of M her sophomore year, and considers joining the program one of the best decisions she has ever made! It has provided her with amazing opportunities, such as the chance to travel to Kyrgyzstan to learn Russian, and challenged her physical and mental endurance at training events like Advanced Camp at Ft. Knox. She has also participated in competitions such as the Bataan Memorial Death March in New Mexico and Army Ten Miler in Washington, D.C., and is lucky enough to serve as the Cadet Battalion Command Sergeant Major this semester.”

Cadet Manke

MS I

Cadet Manke is a sophomore at the University of St. Thomas where he is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Business Administration. At the University of St. Thomas, CDT Manke is a research assistant, on the varsity swim team, a member of Engineers for a Sustainable World, and a member of Society of Women Engineers. Within the Gopher Battalion, CDT Manke has been a member of the Army Ten Miller team and the German Armed Forces Badge Team. After graduation, CDT Manke hopes to become and Active Duty Aviation Officer.”

Cadet Marick

MS I

Cadet Marick is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota and majoring in Elementary Education. She participated on the Army Ten-Miler team that competed in Washington D.C. After graduation, CDT Marick hopes to become an Adjutant General officer in the National Guard and pursue a career in teaching. She is excited to work with kids and soldiers in the future. Her favorite part of ROTC is the everyday adventures and challenges it offers as well as making lifelong friends.”

Cadet Nepomunceno

MS III

Cadet Benjamin Nepomuceno is from the NW suburbs of Chicago and isa senior studying Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He is acquiring a minor in Military Science as well. He is currently the Cadet S3 (training planner) for the battalion. He received a 4 year ROTC scholarship while in high school after going through the application process. Joining ROTC has been an incredible experience for him. He seeks challenges and opportunities to improve himself, and ROTC has provided those opportunities. He has been to Fort Knox for summer training twice, worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers as an intern, and worked with the Cabo Verdean government on a CULP (cultural understanding and language proficiency) mission with Cadet Command. He has completed multiple competitions including: Ranger Challenge, Buddy Ranger Challenge, and Northern Warfare Challenge.

Cadet Eric Udermann

MS II

Cadet Eric Udermann is a junior attending the University of St. Thomas. He is majoring in Biology with a minor in Environmental science. Upon graduation, he plans to serve as an active duty officer in the Medical Service Corps. CDT Udermann has been involved with extracurriculars including the UST Track-Field team, Ranger Challenge team and Northern Warfare team. He also had the opportunity to attend Air Assault School at Ft. Benning, GA, the summer of 2017.