Western Kentucky University
Each year all Senior MSIV Cadets participate in an event called Staff Ride. This is where they all are able to take a trip and explore different military related sites.

Staff Ride

Each year all Senior MSIV Cadets participate in an event called Staff Ride. This is where they all are able to take a trip and explore different military related sites.

The Lowe Family

COL (Ret) Greg Lowe and wife Brenda, Alumni President

Army ROTC at Western Kentucky University was the beginning of my professional life in the United States Army.  I attended Western because of the great reputation the ROTC Program had and the fact that the university clearly supported and appreciated the program and what it did for students looking to serve the Nation in the military.  From the beginning of my freshman year to the end of my senior year at Western the cadre in the ROTC Department was genuinely interested in me as an individual, a cadet, and a student.  I was coached, taught, and mentored for the entire four years of my undergraduate experience.  Fellow cadets became life long friends and I served all over the world with many of them.

The educational foundation and professional development offered by Western and the ROTC program prepared me totally for commissioning as a new lieutenant in the US Army upon my graduation.  As with any new endeavor I was apprehensive upon entry in to the Army but soon discovered that my ROTC cadre and academic professors had instilled the spirit and confidence in me so that I would be successful.  Thirty years and twenty-five days later I retired as a Colonel having commanded from the platoon through brigade level and been responsible for thousands of the greatest soldiers in the world.

Army ROTC at Western Kentucky University, to this day, provides the grounding, confidence, and professional spirit for everyone who participates in the program.  The experience to be gained as a junior officer in the military prepares individuals to launch on a full 20 or 30-year career or to serve for a few years and then enter the civilian workforce as a capable, confident, experienced leader who can tackle any mission or challenge and achieve superior results.  The best four years of my life were at Western with Army ROTC at the forefront.  Go Big Red!!!!