University of Southern Mississippi Army ROTC will conduct a staff
ride to the Vicksburg National Military Park on April 15.
More than just
a field trip or a tour of the battlefield, the staff ride requires
cadets to study a selected military campaign, take an extensive
visit to the actual site and integrate the lessons derived from
officers draw heavily on the lessons of history, seeking to apply
them to present and future operations," said Maj. Greg Hargett,
assistant professor of military science at Southern Miss. "They
also are intense students of terrain, seeking to understand it and
use it to their advantage. The staff ride affords the cadets these
Led by Cadet
Waygon Sanders, the cadets have been studying Vicksburg and preparing
for the staff ride all semester. They have been assigned topics
such as the strategic military importance of Vicksburg, its key
leaders, the preliminary battles, and joint operations between the
Army and the Navy. The cadets will brief these topics at the battlefield.
will be accompanied by retired Brig. Gen. Parker Hills, one of the
state's leading experts on Vicksburg. Hills is a 1969 graduate of
Southern Miss and its Army ROTC program. He regularly conducts tours
with his own organization, Battle Focus, as well as with the Blue
and Gray Educational Society, and is a member of the Southern Miss
Army ROTC Hall of Fame.
As part of
the project, the cadets are building a Web page to house their research
and chronicle their experiences. The Web page will be completed
by April 15 and can be viewed at http://www.usm.edu/armyrotc/staffride.htm.
Army ROTC program commissions approximately 20 second lieutenants
each year, making it the most productive ROTC program in the state.
The program is led by Lt. Col. Kevin Dougherty. Additionally there
is a cadet chain of command. The senior cadet is the cadet company
commander, Cadet KaRensa Polk. For additional information, contact
Maj. Greg Hargett at 266-4460 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or Lt. Col. Kevin Dougherty at 266-4456 or email@example.com,
or visit http://www.usm.edu/armyrotc/.