UAPB ROTC wins small program award

LTC Willette Alston-Williams (third from left), professor of military science at UAPB is pictured with COL Jason Halloren, SFC Daniel Barton, and CSM Rodrick Hodo to accept the Top Small Program award.

LTC Willette Alston-Williams, professor of Military Science at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, was honored to accept the Top Small Program award for 2015-2016 in the 5thROTC (Reserved Officer Training Corps) Brigade. The ROTC program was chosen from among 37 programs throughout eight states to win the award and is only one of two HBCUs in the Brigade area to receive the honor.

“This award shows UAPB’s ROTC program to be a strong influence among future Army Officers in the Mid-South and the Total Army,” Alston-Williams said.

The UAPB ROTC program has proven its mettle by making mission for the past two years with projections to make mission through 2020. Other requirements for the award were consistent success of brigade taskings, cadre comradery, and a strong relationship with the university and community.  By engaging the community, merging resources, and developing new initiatives with her cadre of experienced Officers and Non-commissioned officers, LTC Alston-Williams has brought the program on par with programs many times its size.

“The ROTC department has been grateful to have a strong partner in UAPB and the administration,” Alston-Williams said. “Through this partnership, the ROTC program is able to effectively recruit, educate, develop, and inspire Senior ROTC Cadets in order to commission officers of character for the Total Army.”

For more information about the ROTC program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, call (870) 575-8446.

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