Awards and Honors
|Recently commissioned Air Force ROTC seniors win prestigious awards including The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Award and a Gold Medal for The Daughters of the American Revolution Award.|
The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Award Winner
The National Defense Industrial Association recognizes one cadet per year, per detachment who demonstrates high academic achievement, rated in the upper 20% of his unit, participates in athletic or campus programs, and demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities.
2LT Trey A. Fisher
|Fisher is an outstanding and dedicated leader who consistently challenges himself and others to the highest standard. This last semester, he was selected as the Air Force ROTC Cadet Wing Commander at Southern Miss, in charge of executing the officer leadership program. He did an amazing job and continued to perform his role leading the cadet wing during the transition to moving school completely online. There is no doubt he will perform equally amazingly on active duty as he goes to train and ultimately become a combat systems officer in the US Air Force.|
The Daughters of the American Revolution Award / Gold Medal Winner
The Daughters of the American Revolution recognize one cadet per year, per detachment who demonstrated loyalty and patriotism, held a record of military and scholastic achievement while in ROTC, rated in the upper 25th percentile academically, have shown qualities of dependability and good character, adhered to military discipline, leadership ability, and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of ROTC training.
2LT Seth N. McNelley
▪️Criminal Justice, BA
|McNelley is a brilliant cadet who managed to complete the ROTC experience in a relatively shorter period than his peers. His ability to remain calm and circumspect despite the adversity bode him well as he grew as a leader and balanced university life with that of ROTC. This ability to lead under pressure was also critical in him earning the distinction of distinguished graduate, both at the grueling two-week field training event in the summer of 2018, and as a graduate and commissionee here at USM.|