University of Rhode Island

Cadet Andrew McCormack

Cadet McCormack is a sophomore Army Cadet and political science major from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where he graduated from Central Bucks High School-West in May of 2010. He entered the URI Army ROTC program in the fall of 2010 and accepted a four-year Army scholarship before the end of his first semester. He currently holds the rank of Cadet corporal and is a member of the battalion's Ranger Challenge team. In addition to ROTC, he is also heavily involved in other organizations at the University of Rhode Island. He is a campus tour guide and a brother of the fraternity Phi Gamma Delta.

Cadet Joshua Colasante

Born on December 20th, 1989 in Providence, Rhode Island, Cadet Colasante grew up locally in Richmond, RI and attended Prout High School in Wakefield. Upon graduated he entered the University of Rhode Island and after some indecision during his freshman year decided to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Cadet Colasante enlisted in the Rhode Island Army National Guard and attended basic training at Fort Jackson, SC. He graduated Honor Graduate of his company on 27 August 2010. Upon returning to school in September 2010 Cadet Colasante contracted to become a U.S. Army Officer through URI’s ROTC program while continuing to serve in the National Guard through the SMP (simultaneous membership) program. He is currently a member of the 861st Engineer Company located in East Greenwich, RI as a standing Platoon Leader.
A recipient of the Society of American Military Engineers scholarship, Cadet Colasante graduated Air Assault School in June 2011 and is currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Cadet  Aaron Charette

Cadet Charette graduated from Somers High School in Somers, Connecticut in 2009. As a student at Somers, he was elected to captain of the Varsity Baseball, Basketball and Football teams. He enrolled at the University of Rhode Island in 2009 as a Chemical Engineering major. Cadet Charette became involved in URI Army ROTC right away as a Freshman. He attended the Army ROTC Field Training Exercise in the fall of 2010 and began the contracting process. He was the recipient of a 3 year scholarship and contracted in December of 2010. During that summer, Charette attended and completed the US Army Air Assault School at Camp Smith, New York. He is currently a Junior (MSIII) Cadet and is looking to eventually commission as an Infantry, Armor or Military Intelligence officer.

Cadet Victor Penedo

Cadet Victor Penedo was born in La Cuidad de Guatemala, Guatemala on September 25, 1986. In 1990 he moved to Florida where he attended elementary, middle and graduated Celebration High School in May 2005. In the fall of 2005, Cadet Penedo studied architecture at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. While at FIU, he became a brother of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. where he held several leadership positions such as Treasurer, Assistant Pledge Master, Pledge Master, chapter Vice President and chapter President. He played an active role in creating the Multicultural Greek Council, where he became the organization’s first Vice President in the spring of 2008.
Cadet Penedo transferred to Roger Williams University in the fall of 2008 to continue his education in Architecture. As an undergraduate student, Cadet Penedo was a member of the American Institute of Architecture Students and a Resident Assistant for two years.
Cadet Penedo currently holds a Student Architect Intern position at Bumpus and Associates, LTD which is based in Orlando, Florida. He serves as a project developer. In this position, he creates and organizes construction documents for clients and assists with site visits.
In the summer of 2011, Cadet Penedo attended the Army ROTC Leadership Training Course at Ft. Knox, Kentucky.  Upon return from this training he qualified for and accepted a 2 year Army scholarship. At that time he became an official member of the Cramer’s Sabers Battalion. Cadet Penedo is looking to branch Engineering, Military Intelligence or Infantry when he graduates and commissions as an Army officer.

Cadet Steven Cherubino

Cadet Steven Cherubino grew up in Woburn, Massachusetts where he graduated from high school in 2008.  Cadet Cherubino wanted to join the military from a very young age. He applied for and received an Army ROTC 4-year scholarship to Roger Williams University where he is presently completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.  Cadet Cherubino is a senior, and holds the rank of Cadet Captain. He completed the Leader’s Development Assessment Course this past summer and will be Commissioning Active Duty in May 2012. In the summer between his sophomore and junior year, Cadet Cherubino completed US Army Airborne School at Ft. Benning, GA.  During his sophomore year, he was a member of the Ranger Challenge Team, and has participated in Color Guard events throughout his career as an Army Cadet.  From his experiences of being a Cadet, Cadet Cherubino relates that he has learned a lot of skills and received training that would not be found in an ordinary classroom.  Though Cadet Cherubino has served in a variety of Cadet leadership positions, what he enjoys most is being a mentor to Cadets in the classes below him and training them to be good athletes, students, and above all future leaders in the US Army.
Cadet Cherubino spent all four years of college in the ROTC program and says he would not have done it any other way. Many of Cadet Cherubino’s close friends came out of the ROTC program, and Cadet Cherubino attributes these strong friendships to the camaraderie Army ROTC has instilled in him and his friends.  

Cadet Kristen St. Pierre

Cadet Kristen St. Pierre is a sophomore at Roger Williams University where she is enrolled in the 5 year Masters Program in Forensic Psychology.  St. Pierre is from Lowell, MA and attended Dracut Senior High School; she was class Secretary and captain of the Varsity Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track and Field teams.  St. Pierre has continued to be involved in Cross Country and Track at the Collegiate level and was named Conference Champion and now holds the school record in the 1500 meters.  St. Pierre contracted December 2010 on a 3 year scholarship and since then has participated in events such as the Army 10 Miler and Ranger Challenge.  St. Pierre is hoping to go to Airborne school this summer and is willing to answer any questions relative to life as a Cadet in the Cramer’s Sabers Battalion.