University of Virginia

Cadet Littner

Cadet of the Month

For outstanding performance for the month of September, Cadet Nate Littner is hereby awarded Cadet of the Month.

Cadet Littner has distinguished himself to his chain of command since the year’s beginning. As an MS-I, he has rapidly assimilated and demonstrated excellence in Army standards and skills. He is an active participant in all training and is a source of high motivation and general hooah spirit, as noted by his peers during trying moments at the Battalion’s recent FTX. He actively betters himself by exercising with the Ranger Challenge Team. Before the monthly review board, Cadet Littner demonstrated superb military bearing and displayed obvious mental preparation.

Cadet Bess

Cadet Daniel Bess attends Army Medical Department Internship Program at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany

During his Army Medical Department internship at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) this summer, Cadet Daniel Bess (MS IV) was attached to the Medical Transient Detachment (MTD), whose primary mission is to accommodate injured service-members receiving outpatient care. Part of his time was spent learning about the administrative and logistical concerns involved in patient management and in supporting a combat-ready medical facility, while the rest of his time was spent interacting with patients and healthcare providers in different components of the facility.

Cadet Bess had the unique opportunity to follow patients most directly affected by the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan from the time they were received at Ramstein Air Base to when they were discharged and sent either back to the United States or back “downrange” to their units after receiving care at the hospital. He participated in several “manpower” missions, in which he helped transport non-ambulatory patients—often in critical condition—from a C17 aircraft to the main hospital at Landstuhl. At the main hospital, Cadet Bess shadowed physicians from different clinics, interacted with patients, and helped render care.

His most memorable experiences involved patients as they faced the often-gruesome and challenging realities that awaited them at LRMC. During his first week at Landstuhl, Cadet Bess met a Soldier who had been flown in from downrange after being injured by an IED blast, and he stood by the injured Soldier’s side as a surgeon was forced to amputate his foot and part of his leg. A couple days later while in the emergency department a patient came in with arterial bleeding; Cadet Bess helped to stop the bleeding as a doctor started suturing his wounds. While following a physician during one of his clinical rounds, Cadet Bess saw the physician treat a young Soldier who had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and had an unfortunate prognosis. Each incident showcased the challenges that regularly face not only wounded and/or ill Soldiers and their families, but also the challenges that face military physicians who strive to deliver the highest quality of healthcare during a time of combat.

Cadet Malapit

Contracting with Pom-Poms

The fans of Virginia football were treated to an unusual pre-game ceremony on Saturday October 2.  Erin Malapit, a varsity cheerleader, stood in the end zone, raised her pom-pom in the air, and took the contracting oath to become an Army ROTC Cadet at the University of Virginia.  Malapit is a first year student from Springfield Virginia, though still undecided as to her major, may plan to be a pre-med student.  After she graduates and commissions she wants to go to medical school and enter the Army as a doctor. 

She decided to join the Army ROTC program after she visited West Point during her father’s reunion.  During that visit she was “impressed with quality of the people” and knew that she wanted to be one of them.  Due to the current operating environment she thinks that the people who are joining the Army now are of even higher caliber and express a stronger sense of duty and selfless service, traits she admires as a new Cadet. 

ROTC at the University of Virginia is “everything she imagined” it would be.  She has already learned the important land navigation skills and has felt empowered by her new ability to wander through the woods with a map and compass and find her way around.  Learning how to execute battle drills and the associated tasks of a squad tactics lane have her excited.  Like any ROTC Cadet she has had a blast repelling, completing the obstacle course, and flying in a helicopter.  For Erin Malapit, sometimes it is makeup and pom-poms, other times it is camouflage and an M16, but she always is a friend and asset to the Army ROTC program at the University of Virginia.

Cadet Schaefer

UVA Class of 2012

UVA Army Ten Miler Team

On October 7, I participated in my first 10 mile race. I signed up with a small team of others representing the University of Virginia's Army ROTC program. The Army Ten-Miler held annually in Washington D.C. starts and finishes at the Pentagon. The track winds into, around, and out of the District offering a tourists dream view of the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol. Being the biggest 10 mile race in the United States, the start was quite crowded, but even through nerves there was a positive atmosphere all around. There was no lack of motivation; Soldiers and civilians alike were signed up, amputee victims raced on prosthetic limbs and several of the runners had pictures pinned on the their shirts in memory of a comrade fallen or someone still serving. The momentum was continuous from mile one to mile ten as Army bands and other music groups played and called cadence. Every two miles there were dozens of Soldiers and other supporters offering water and Gatorade. The race as a whole was extremely well organized from packet-pick up to finish line to post race snacks. The experience is one I won't soon forget and it is definitely something I'm training for next year.