University of Southern Mississippi Hall of Fame member who commanded
the Third Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom will
be the guest speaker at the Army ROTC Military Ball on April 17.
Maj. Gen. Buford
C. Blount, a 1971 graduate of Southern Miss who received his commission
through the ROTC program, will address cadets, their families and
distinguished military guests at the Graham Building in Purvis.
An annual event held each spring, the black-tie affair is a social
gathering in which the cadets are introduced to the social side
of military service. Activities begin at 6:15 p.m.
a huge honor for us to have Maj. Gen. Blount as our guest speaker,"
said Lt. Col. Kevin Dougherty, chair of the Department of Military
Science at Southern Miss.
only has 10 active duty divisions and Maj. Gen. Blount commanded
one of them. On top of that, he commanded it in Iraq-- leading the
drive to Baghdad. He's a great inspiration and role model for all
of us in Southern Miss ROTC."
the Southern Miss Hall of Fame in 2003, Blount is currently the
assistant deputy chief of staff for Plans and Operations in Washington,
Hargett, professor of Military Science at Southern Miss, said, "As
a Southern Miss Army ROTC alumnus, Maj. Gen. Blount has significantly
contributed to the great lineage of this program and our university
by his leadership and service to this nation in the liberation of
High School JROTC Color Guard will also be present to post the national
and state flags at the beginning of the ball.
An awards ceremony
will recognize cadets for their outstanding achievements, including
the George C. Marshal Award and the Department of the Army Superior
Army ROTC is
an elective taken along with a student's required college courses.
After successfully completing Army ROTC, students are commissioned
as officers in the active Army, National Guard or Army Reserve.
an officer in the U.S. Army means being a leader, a counselor, a
strategist and a motivator," Maj. Bob Sybert said. "It's
similar to being a vital manager in a corporation. Officers lead
other soldiers in all situations and adjust to environments that
area always changing."
For more information,
contact Lt. Col. Kevin Dougherty at (601) 266-4456 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or Maj. Bob Sybert at (601) 266-4709 or email@example.com.
You can also visit the Southern Miss Army ROTC Web site at http://www.usm.edu/armyrotc/.