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Corps Units To Be Reactivated

Stephanie Cannon '06 August 26, 2013 8:54 AM

Activation ceremonies for three former units, C-Company and C-Battery – part of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band – and Squadron 4 will take place at the plaza in front of the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center.

C-Company and C-Battery will have a joint ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 23 and Squadron 4 will hold their ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday August 24. Each ceremony will include the unit activation ceremony and remarks from the Commandant of the Corps, unit commanders and former unit members. Both ceremonies will be followed by a reception inside the Sanders Corps Center for current cadets and former students.

For 137 years, the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets has been producing leaders of character and
preserving Aggie traditions. The individual units in the Corps have developed their own unique histories and traditions while maintaining a solid, united union of the Corps of Cadets.

Throughout Corps history, various units have stood down for differing reasons — gone, but never forgotten — especially by their former members, eager to see their beloved units restored.

In 2012, the decision was made to reactivate two units, Squadron 1 and Company F-1.

Last year, the decision was made to reactivate two additional units, Squadron 6 and Company S-2, to accommodate the steady growth of incoming students eager to be part of the storied Corps of Cadets.  

There are plans to reactivate more units in the near future as the Corps continues to grow and the need to have more units increases.

“Over the past two years, we have reactivated four units, all of which have done well and are thriving again. With the Corps growing every year (we project almost 2,500 cadets for this fall semester, the largest in over 40 years) one priority is to ensure we have the proper place for all of them. I am very pleased to add these three additional units, C-Company and C-Battery, part of our 460-member Aggie Band, and Squadron 4, to the ranks of the Corps of Cadets as well,” said Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez, Jr. ’79, commandant of the Corps. “They are a part of our Corps history and will be a new source of pride for our current cadets. The former cadets who were members of these units will be pleased to see their guidons once again flying on campus. By reactivating units with a history and tradition that is already a part of Texas A&M, we bring the past and the present together.”

The Commander of C-Company will be Joshua Hewett ’14. The Executive Officer will be Peter Schneider ’14, and the 1st Sergeant will be Justin Tash ’15. The Commander of C-Battery will be Steven Hankins ’14. The Executive Officer will be Robert Hartmann ’14, and the 1st Sergeant will be Christopher Martin ’15. The Commander of Squadron 4 will be Daniel Lengyl ’14. The Executive Officer will be Drew Zwicker ’14, and the 1st Sergeant will be Joel Thompson ’15.

The Corps has always been known for producing high caliberleaders for our state and our nation, and
will continue to provide opportunities to master leadership and management skills that prepare cadets to become leaders in the military, private, and public sectors. For more information about the Corps of Cadets, go to corps.tamu.edu.


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