August 23, 2014  

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Army ROTC Cadet Landrum Earns Top Award at National Guard Regional Competition

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Sgt. William Landrum, left, a U.S. Army ROTC cadet at The University of Southern Mississippi, participates in a six-mile ruck march during the U.S. Army National Guard’s Region III Best Warrior Competition at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center in Florida April 14-17 (Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa).

He’s not just the best in Mississippi. Now, University of Southern Mississippi U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) cadet and National Guardsman Sgt. William Landrum is also the top solider in the Southeast.

Landrum, a sophomore from Hattiesburg, competed in the U.S. Army National Guard’s Region III Best Warrior Competition at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center in Starke, Fla. April 14-17. A member of Company B 1-155 Combined Arms Battalion in the Mississippi National Guard, he earned the competition’s Soldier of the Year award after securing the same honor at the State National Guard competition in February.

The Region III event included the U.S. Army Physical Fitness Test; urban operations; call-for-fire; land navigation; obstacle courses; marksmanship; and Soldier Boards. Landrum rose above the competition to represent Mississippi and Region III at the National Guard Bureau's national level competition in July at the Professional Education Center at Camp Robinson, Ark.

“God continues to bless me,” Landrum said. “I’m looking forward to doing my best in representing the state and region at the national competition.”

“We’re very proud of Cadet Landrum's accomplishment,” said Lt. Col. Joseph Worley, professor of military science at Southern Miss. “To earn this achievement, he excelled at several mentally and physically challenging events. It reflects great credit upon him, his Guard unit, our ROTC Battalion and USM."

Landrum is a graduate of Forrest County Agricultural High School and a criminal justice major at Southern Miss.
"William is an exceptional student, excelling in both ROTC and his major field of study," said Dr. Lisa Nored, director of the Southern Miss School of Criminal Justice. "His character is beyond reproach and he has consistently demonstrated qualities which indicate his strong potential to become a leader in the criminal justice system."

r information about the Army ROTC program at Southern Miss, visit http://www.usm.edu/army-rotc.