South Dakota State University Army ROTC

South Dakota State University Army ROTC Welcome to the Official page of SDSU Army ROTC "West Point of the Plains Battalion".

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Yesterday BG Williamson (RET) and a few members of her family stopped by DePuy Military Hall. She is a huge advocate for...
07/02/2021

Yesterday BG Williamson (RET) and a few members of her family stopped by DePuy Military Hall. She is a huge advocate for SDSU ARMY ROTC and Cadet Command. Be sure to look for future posts about BG Williamson's involvement in the Army and ROTC.

Text 605 695 2147 for information about Army ROTC.

05/13/2021
On April 10th, six teams from the SDSU Army ROTC had the privilege to participate in the Ranger Buddy Competition gracio...
04/29/2021

On April 10th, six teams from the SDSU Army ROTC had the privilege to participate in the Ranger Buddy Competition graciously hosted by the University of Kansas. This event consisted of a 9.6 mile ruck march followed by multiple tactical lanes in order to test Cadets’ endurance and warrior knowledge.

More information regarding this event can be found here: https://armyrotc.ku.edu/-ranger-buddy-competition

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On April 28th, the Army ROTC program held a rappelling session during their last leadership lab and awards ceremony. Tha...
04/29/2021

On April 28th, the Army ROTC program held a rappelling session during their last leadership lab and awards ceremony.

Thank you to everyone from the SD National Guard who assisted with this event.

#3rdbdearmyrotc #finalsarecoming #leaderswanted #sdsu #gojacks

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The SDSU Army ROTC program was proud to take part in a joint FTX, field training exercise, with both USD and SDSMT as we...
03/29/2021

The SDSU Army ROTC program was proud to take part in a joint FTX, field training exercise, with both USD and SDSMT as well as their respective satellite schools.

This weekend long event consisted of both day and night land navigation, an obstacle course, an LRC (leadership reaction course), and some tactical lanes.

#3rdbdearmyrotc #springbreakready #leaderswanted #sdsu #gojacks

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On the 24th of March, both the SDSU Army and Airforce ROTC programs had the privilege to host South Dakota’s First Gentl...
03/29/2021

On the 24th of March, both the SDSU Army and Airforce ROTC programs had the privilege to host South Dakota’s First Gentleman Bryon Noem along with SDSU President Barry Dunn and the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Dr. Lynn Sargeant at their annual Governor’s Day program. Thank you all for continuing to show your support!

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Today kicks off SDSU’s Warrior Wellness Week, and there are a lot of programs being held today. Most are hybrid so if yo...
03/15/2021
Warrior Wellness Week

Today kicks off SDSU’s Warrior Wellness Week, and there are a lot of programs being held today. Most are hybrid so if you don’t want to walk through the snow log in through zoom. If you attend and fill out the survey at the end, you will be entered for a prize drawing.

Connie Johnson, the coordinator for Veteran’s Affairs, is running the Brown Bag lunch programs, so please come and attend. We also have the campus ROTC programs doing demonstrations today as well.

There is also a Q&A for Team Red White and Blue, a new organization coming to campus, on zoom at 3:00, so you can hear more about what they are and what they do.

If you happen to find yourself stuck in doors all day and want to get out, come bowling today with Connie at 4 PM! There are four lanes reserved, so you won’t need to pay for bowling. Food and drinks will still be your responsibility. All events are open to all, so feel free to bring friends or family members!

The link for the rest of the events for the week can be found below:

https://www.sdstate.edu/events/2021/03/warrior-wellness-week-0

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Learn more about the Warrior Wellness Week web page at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota.

Last weekend, the SDSU Army ROTC program had the privilege to participate in the Northern Warfare Challenge located in W...
02/26/2021

Last weekend, the SDSU Army ROTC program had the privilege to participate in the Northern Warfare Challenge located in Wisconsin. This challenge consisted of numerous tasks including a 16 mile ruck march, a written test, and tactical lanes. Overall, the team ended up scoring in the upper 50% out of 30 other competing teams from across the Midwest.

Congratulations to Cadets Bain, Freeman, Grasma, Stegmeier, and Whitebull for committing to and undertaking this challenge!

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After an off-season that was a surprise to just about everyone, the SDSU Football season is finally just around the corn...
02/19/2021

After an off-season that was a surprise to just about everyone, the SDSU Football season is finally just around the corner! The SDSU Army ROTC program is looking forward to continue to provide support for Jackrabbit Athletics events.

Due to the strict NCAA COVID mitigation guidelines, the cannon crew will not be allowed on the field.  Instead, we will be just outside of the northwest gate of the stadium in view of the players and fans.

#3rdbdearmyrotc #studentathlete #leaderswanted #sdsu #gojacks

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Today's Senior Spotlight is on CDT Justin Obaniana from Warner, SD. CDT Obaniana is an Aviation Education and General St...
02/15/2021

Today's Senior Spotlight is on CDT Justin Obaniana from Warner, SD. CDT Obaniana is an Aviation Education and General Studies major who plans on branching into the Signal Corps within the SD National Guard. CDT Obaniana’s favorite memory is from the 2019 FTX when a friend of his was having visibility issues during a simulated combat experience.

#3rdbdearmyrotc #studentathlete #leaderswanted #seniorsunday #sdsu #gojacks

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Today's Senior Spotlight is on CDT Riley Janke. CDT Janke is from Madison, SD and wants to attend Optometry school follo...
02/08/2021

Today's Senior Spotlight is on CDT Riley Janke. CDT Janke is from Madison, SD and wants to attend Optometry school following graduation. CDT Janke will be branching into the Signal Corps within the SD National Guard. CDT Janke’s favorite memories from the program are acting as PSG during OAL, Operation Agile Leader, and qualifying on the popup range there as well.

#3rdbdearmyrotc #studentathlete #leaderswanted #seniorsunday #sdsu #gojacks

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Though the cold weather isn’t conducive to most activities, SDSU Army ROTC Cadets Leberman and Selman prove that winter ...
02/06/2021

Though the cold weather isn’t conducive to most activities, SDSU Army ROTC Cadets Leberman and Selman prove that winter fun can still be had!

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Today's Senior Spotlight is on CDT Jacob Peterson. CDT Peterson is a History major who plans on becoming a college Histo...
01/31/2021

Today's Senior Spotlight is on CDT Jacob Peterson. CDT Peterson is a History major who plans on becoming a college History professor. CDT Peterson will be branching into the Chemical Corps within the SD National Guard. CDT Peterson has enjoyed building connections and making friends during his time in the program.

#3rdbdearmyrotc #seniorsunday #stemeducation #leaderswanted #sdsu #gojacks

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The SDSU Army ROTC program is starting the year off strong with the year’s initial Army Combat Fitness Test or ACFT. Thi...
01/25/2021

The SDSU Army ROTC program is starting the year off strong with the year’s initial Army Combat Fitness Test or ACFT. This test consists of six events: a 3-repetition deadlift, standing power throw, hand release push-ups, sprint-drag-carry, leg tucks, and a 2-mile run.

More information regarding this test can be found here: https://www.army.mil/acft/

#3rdbdearmyrotc #stemeducation #leaderswanted #sdsu #gojacks

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Today's Senior Spotlight is on CDT Tanner Pietz. CDT Pietz is a Wildlife and Fisheries major who plans on branching as a...
01/25/2021

Today's Senior Spotlight is on CDT Tanner Pietz. CDT Pietz is a Wildlife and Fisheries major who plans on branching as an Infantry officer within the NE National Guard. CDT Pietz’s favorite times in the program were the tactical FTXs that he was able to attend and develop from.

#3rdbdearmyrotc #seniorsunday #stemeducation #leaderswanted #sdsu #gojacks

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Today's Senior Spotlight is on CDT Caleb Freeman from Sibley, IA. CDT Freeman is a Chemistry major who plans on working ...
01/17/2021

Today's Senior Spotlight is on CDT Caleb Freeman from Sibley, IA. CDT Freeman is a Chemistry major who plans on working in the field of analytical chemistry in North Carolina following graduation. CDT Freeman will be branching Field Artillery within the NC National Guard. CDT Freeman’s favorite time in the program was the bus ride back from Fall FTX this previous semester.

#3rdbdearmyrotc #seniorsunday #stemeducation #leaderswanted #sdsu #gojacks

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Today's Senior Spotlight is on CDT Zach Briggs from North Kingstown, RI. CDT Briggs is an Aviation Education major who p...
12/27/2020

Today's Senior Spotlight is on CDT Zach Briggs from North Kingstown, RI. CDT Briggs is an Aviation Education major who plans on flight instructing after graduation and pursuing a career in cargo aviation. CDT Briggs will be branching into the Corps of Engineers within the SD National Guard. CDT Briggs’ favorite time in the program was the FTX this last semester.

#3rdbdearmyrotc #inourboots #seniorsunday #covidcollegelife #leaderswanted #sdsu #gojacks

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Today's Senior Spotlight is on CDT Parker Young from Watertown, SD! CDT Young is a History Education major who wants to ...
12/20/2020

Today's Senior Spotlight is on CDT Parker Young from Watertown, SD! CDT Young is a History Education major who wants to teach high school level social studies courses. CDT Young plans on branching into the infantry within the NE National Guard. CDT Young’s favorite memory is when he drove a WW2 Willys Jeep in the 2019 Hobo day parade.

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Cadet Riley Stegmeier was able to attend and complete Air Assault Training at the Sabalauski Air Assault School located ...
12/17/2020

Cadet Riley Stegmeier was able to attend and complete Air Assault Training at the Sabalauski Air Assault School located in Fort Campbell, KY. This is a rigorous 10-day course that consists of three phases: combat assault, sling loading operations, and rappelling.

His favorite moments include experiencing the force generated by the helicopter rotors and being asked “Where is South Dakota?”

Congratulations Cadet Stegmeier!

More information regarding this program can be found here: https://www.goarmy.com/soldier-life/being-a-soldier/ongoing-training/specialized-schools/air-assault.html.

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South Dakota State University’s Army ROTC Cadets continue to reach out to the community even through the Pandemic. Thoug...
12/16/2020

South Dakota State University’s Army ROTC Cadets continue to reach out to the community even through the Pandemic. Though COVID-19 has led to some difficulty in terms of setting up in person visitations, many high schools have worked with the program in order to setup virtual information sessions via zoom for Cadets to meet with high schoolers interested in the military or Army ROTC. Cadets Peterson, Young, and Warren were able to coordinate with schools even as far as those in Sparta, WI. These were the Lincoln high school, Watertown high school, and Sparta high school respectively. Thank you for your assistance in continuing to develop our program.

#3rdbdearmyrotc #inourboots #covidcollegelife #leaderswanted #sdsu #gojacks

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Today’s Senior Spotlight is on CDT Jerrod Fedorchik from Bridgeport, NE! CDT Fedorchik is a Biochemistry major and will ...
12/13/2020

Today’s Senior Spotlight is on CDT Jerrod Fedorchik from Bridgeport, NE! CDT Fedorchik is a Biochemistry major and will be branching active-duty Infantry or pursuing a career as an active-duty Emergency Medicine physician. CDT Fedorchik’s favorite memory is traveling to Hungary for CCWP or the Cadet Coalition Warfighter Program.

#covidcollegelife #seniorsunday #leaderswanted #3rdbdearmyrotc #sdsu #gojacks

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Senior classmen from the West Point of the Plains Battalion continue to reach out to high school students regarding futu...
12/12/2020

Senior classmen from the West Point of the Plains Battalion continue to reach out to high school students regarding future opportunities. Cadet Freeman spoke to students from Sibley Ocheyedan high school while Cadets Selman and Hockenbary went to the Chester Area high school in order to discuss opportunities in both the military and Army ROTC program.
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Today's Senior Spotlight is CDT Kaitlin Warren from Sparta, WI! CDT Warren is a Nursing major who plans on becoming a nu...
12/06/2020

Today's Senior Spotlight is CDT Kaitlin Warren from Sparta, WI! CDT Warren is a Nursing major who plans on becoming a nurse in an intensive care unit with a future goal to become a certified nurse anesthetist. CDT Warren plans on branching into the Corps of Engineers within the SD National Guard. CDT Warren's favorite memory is Operation Agile Leader and the time that she spent training and making new friends.

#3rdbdearmyrotc #covidcollegelife #leaderswanted #sdsu #gojacks

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South Dakota State University Army ROTC's cover photo
12/04/2020

South Dakota State University Army ROTC's cover photo

Recruitment is one of the many aims of the West Point of the Plains Battalion. Just last week, SDSU Army ROTC Cadets Buy...
12/02/2020

Recruitment is one of the many aims of the West Point of the Plains Battalion. Just last week, SDSU Army ROTC Cadets Buyck, Hanson, Leberman, and Odland paid the Vermilion high school a visit. There, they spoke about the benefits of joining Army ROTC and their own experiences within the program. They also gave a class on night vision goggles and how to use them.

#3rdbdearmyrotc #inourboots #covidcollegelife #leaderswanted #sdsu #gojacks

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Today's Senior Spotlight is CDT Landon Leberman from Parker, SD! CDT Leberman is a Construction Management major who pla...
11/22/2020

Today's Senior Spotlight is CDT Landon Leberman from Parker, SD! CDT Leberman is a Construction Management major who plans on becoming a project manager for commercial construction. CDT Leberman plans on branching Field Artillery within the SD National Guard. CDT Leberman's favorite memory is the 2019 Turkey Bowl football game versus @sdsu_afrotc.

#3rdbdearmyrotc #inourboots #thankfulthoughts #leaderswanted #seniorsunday #sdsu #gojacks

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SDSU Army ROTC is proud to stand next to @sdsu_afrotc and the Brookings community during these challenging times. Togeth...
11/17/2020

SDSU Army ROTC is proud to stand next to @sdsu_afrotc and the Brookings community during these challenging times. Together, 1,637 pounds of food were raised by Cadets and Cadre and provided to Feeding Brookings. 762 pounds came from the Army senior Cadet class. Go Jacks!

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Today's Senior Spotlight is CDT Santana Hanson from Parker, SD! CDT Hanson is an Animal Science major with plans on purs...
11/16/2020

Today's Senior Spotlight is CDT Santana Hanson from Parker, SD! CDT Hanson is an Animal Science major with plans on pursuing a Master's in Ruminant Nutrition. CDT Hanson will be branching as an Engineer within the South Dakota National Guard. CDT Hanson's favorite memory is when CDT Buyck used his map upside down for Land Navigation.

#3rdbdearmyrotc #inourboots #thankfulthoughts #leaderswanted #seniorsunday #sdsu #gojacks

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11/15/2020

Tune in to KELO news this evening at 5:30 and 10 for a story on our Cadets!

This week's Senior Spotlight is CDT Kyle Hartze from Rapid City,  SD. CDT Hartze is a Construction Management major with...
11/09/2020

This week's Senior Spotlight is CDT Kyle Hartze from Rapid City, SD. CDT Hartze is a Construction Management major with plans on working as a wildland firefighter and branching Infantry in the Nebraska National Guard. CDT Hartze is thankful for meeting all of his friends through ROTC.

#3rdbdearmyrotc #inourboots #thankfulthoughts #leaderswanted #seniorsunday

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Have a sweet tooth? 🍬🍬 SDSU Army ROTC donated over 320 pounds of candy to help make Halloween a little bit sweeter for t...
10/30/2020

Have a sweet tooth? 🍬🍬 SDSU Army ROTC donated over 320 pounds of candy to help make Halloween a little bit sweeter for trick-or-treaters.

#3rdbdearmyrotc #inourboots #changemaker #leaderswanted #sdsu #gojacks

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Today we welcomed 3 new Cadets to our program, where over 180,000 well-earned dollars were awarded to help these Cadets ...
10/29/2020

Today we welcomed 3 new Cadets to our program, where over 180,000 well-earned dollars were awarded to help these Cadets pay for higher education. Are you or someone you know looking for a way to make college affordable AND a guaranteed career? Here at SDSU, we can help. #3rdbdearmyrotc #changemaker #leaderswanted #sdsu #gojacks @3rdrotcbrigade @armyrotc @usarmy

Today's Senior Spotlight is CDT Nicholas Hockenbary! CDT Hockenbary is from Spearfish, SD and plans on branching into th...
10/26/2020

Today's Senior Spotlight is CDT Nicholas Hockenbary! CDT Hockenbary is from Spearfish, SD and plans on branching into the Army Nursing Corps. CDT Hockenbary plans on becoming a nurse educator after his military service. One of his favorite ROTC memories is the 2018 Holiday party. #3rdbdearmyrotc #changemaker #leaderswanted #sdsu #gojacks @3rdrotcbrigade @armyrotc @usarmy

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https://www.sdstate.edu/events/2021/03/warrior-wellness-week-0 Today kicks off Warrior Wellness Week and we have a lot of programs today. Most are hybrid so if you don’t want to walk through the snow log into zoom. If you attend and fill out the survey at the end you are entered for prizes. I am running the Brown Bag lunches so please come and check those out. We have ROTC doing demonstrations today and we are having a Q&A for Team Red White and Blue on zoom at 3:00 so you can find out more information about this organization that is coming to campus! AND if you are stuck in doors all day and want to get out, come bowling today with me at 4!! We have 4 lanes reserved so you wont need to pay for bowling. Food and drinks will be your responsibility. All events are open to all. Bring a friend or family member! ALL WELCOME!
Dec issue VIETNAM Magazine just out features Mike Buss and me - '67 Army and Air Force SDSU ROTC grads.
Did you know that next week you can help inspire others to make a difference at State? Inspire others, be a social ambassador for #OneDayforSTATE and win prizes! Check out this link for details! https://spsr.me/SF8o
Words of encouragement from an alumni: My very first pt test in rotc, I got down to do my pushups, and will all of my strength I busted out...5. I was embarrassed and ashamed until the pms, ltc holter came up to me and said good job! Now set your own goal for beating that next time. I'll never forget it. Don't worry abt other people's score or career or path. You can look to them as goals or motivation, but don't compare. My mindset from that day forward was just to beat my own score. Before I left the program I was getting 300+ on the apft. (After being told by another cadet that i just didn't have the body to make 300) I have loved my career path, and try to focus on making my career better, and being a better officer than I was the day before. Be the best you. Not the best someone else. Focus on changing you into just a better You. But still you. You have something to offer the army, your soldiers, the rotc program that no one else can. -class of '08
I heard sad news the other day that Arch Telgren had passed away. Many a cadet that passed through the SDSU Army ROTC program between 1968 and 1991 had the pleasure of working with Arch....and God help you if you didn't get your administrative paperwork back to him in a timely manner....he'd let you know about it. He always had our best interests at heart, even though sometimes we didn't. He was a good friend and he will be sorely missed!
Cadets taking on the national guard bean bag tournament. #fightingjacks
An early shoutout to the newest 2nd Lieutenants from SDSU Army ROTC! Hoooooooah!